This Week’s Box (June 8, 2010):
Garlic scapes: These are the tasty, yummy flowering stems of garlic. They are a springtime treat before all the garlic is pulled for the season. These are from the hardneck type of garlic. You can chop them up like you would garlic and add them to anything you are cooking. Read about garlic scapes in the Washington Post.
Collards: These are part of the brassica family and can be cooked in so many different ways!
Walla Walla Sweet Onions: These sweet onions were planted last October and overwintered. They are very sweet and mild. You can eat them raw if you want to. You can also eat the greens on these!
Cilantro: The cilantro has been loving the cool weather. We find it hard to grow cilantro during hot weather as it goes to flower so fast.
Spinach: The spinach has also loved this spring, cool weather so it has been growing large and slow and is so sweet and perfect.
Head Lettuce (Greenleaf and/or Red Butter): Time to make salads!
Scarlet Turnips: This variety is called “Scarlet Queen.” They are a salad turnip, so they can be eaten raw, grated in salad or sliced thin and dipped in hummus or other dips. They have a sweet flavor. Not too spicy. They are also wonderful cooked in a lot of butter. You can eat the greens as well.
Fennel: Fennel is a crunchy, sweet vegetable. You typically eat the white bulb, but can also use the frilly leaves as herbs for meat, poultry and other veggies. We like to add it to pizza and salads.
Braising Mix: This is a mix of kales, tatsoi, collards and rapini. Great for quick sautéing.
Broccoli (Large shares only): This is the first of the broccoli. We’ve had a rough time growing broccoli this spring. We had to mow one whole block due to flea beetle damage, but luckily, we should have a fairly good spring crop for you this year. We typically do better at growing broccoli in the fall. The unpredictable spring weather and rampant pests pose challenges for us on this crop.
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Farm Update for the week of June 8, 2010:
The spring, wet weather has been a challenge for us on many levels. Because the storms have been on and off each week, it has been difficult to find windows for planting and getting crops in the ground. Fortunately, we have forgiving soils that dry out quickly, which allow us to get in to do tractor work. Some of our Willamette friend farmers have been even more challenged this season with flooding and cold weather. Weather predictions show that it is going to be an unusual summer and growing season.
We have planted one round of tomatoes in the hoophouse, but still have lots of summer planting to do — winter squash, peppers, melons, eggplants, basil, beans, and zucchini. The weeds have been growing like crazy as well. Just another challenge of wet weather — lots of weeds! All of our weeding is done by hand as we haven’t yet invested in a cultivating tractor. I think it may be one of our purchases this season!
Have a great week and let’s hope for some nice, dry, sunny plant growing weather!