This week’s box (June 15, 2010):
Walla Walla Sweet Onions: More sweet onions and they are only getting bigger and yummier!
Salad Mix: We grow 6 – 7 different leaf lettuce varietals in our salad mix. Over the last couple of years, we have found the ones that work really well for us in the mix and on the farm. We also put escarole and frisee into our salad mix, both of which are endives and part of the chicory family. They are bitter greens and great for your digestion. Once in awhile, we add some other components to the mix including mustard greens, sorrel or dandelion. We grow a lot of salad mix on the farm for many different accounts and stores. Enjoy!
Bunched Spinach: We had an interesting spring at our leased property. The water got turned in late and then a valve broke, so we didn’t have water for quite awhile. Luckily, we had a wet spring, so we were able to grow veggies during the spring at this field. We had row cover on everything and we were hesitant to take it off or weed as both were helping retain water. When we finally got water and took off the row cover, we had huge spinach that was ready to bunch instead of cutting loose. So, there’s the story on this. We don’t usually grow spinach this big, but it grows nice and big in the cool, spring weather.
Chard: This is a variety known as Fordhook Giant. It is known for its savoyed leaves, robust growth and white stems. I love growing this variety of chard. I thank Katie & Casey of Oakhill Organics for turning me onto this variety.
Golden Turnips: A truly exceptional turnip that has a perfect round globe shape and amber color. Mellow and sweet.
Dill: There is nothing like fresh dill. We’ve been throwing into everything lately. Check out my chard gratin dill recipe.
Redleaf Lettuce: All this warm weather is perfect for grilling and making salads!
Broccoli (Small shares only): Roast away!
Leeks (Large shares only): We’ve never been great at growing leeks. We usually can’t grow them very large and they always seem to start to bolt and go to flower before they really get big, especially in the spring. We’re still trying to find varieties that do well on our farm. I like smaller leeks, so enjoy the smaller leeks.
Purple Kohlrabi (Large shares only): If you’ve never had kohlrabi, you are in for a treat. It is particularly sweet and delicious this time of year. It is a relative of broccoli and cabbage and has similar flavor, except a bit sweeter. It isn’t a root vegetable, but grows above ground. Make sure you peel the outer tough skin and eat the fleshy white inside. Delicious grated on salads.
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Farm Update for the week of June 15th:
Things are coming along on the farm. We have a big push this week to get a lot more crops in the ground before the Solstice as well as weed, fence and harvest. Our pea crop is looking amazing. I think we are going to have A LOT of peas this year. We put in a trellising variety and we are amazed at the vigor and growth after we trellised. There are A LOT of flowers, so I’m looking forward to an abundant sugar snap pea harvest. The strawberries are also beginning to ripen. Everett and I have been going down to the patch a couple times a week and picking a few pints. We are waiting for a big flush before we can offer them to the CSA. Besides the weeds growing fast and taking over quickly, the crew is getting into its groove for the season. We currently have 2 full-time interns that live and work on the farm — Jayme & Neil — and they are great additions to the farm this year. This is their first year farming and they have really taken to it. We also have two “hybrid” interns/employees, Gia & Jen, who live off the farm, but work with us on a regular basis. Gia is also new to farming, while Jen comes to us with a bit more gardening and farming knowledge. All four of them participate in a local internship educational program, Rogue Farm Corps, in which interns get together on a regular, weekly basis to tour farms and take classes. It is a great way for them to supplement their education of farming and socialize. It is a great program. We’ve had one other employee who has been steadily working with us since March, Michael, but who is leaving us soon. We’ll miss him. We’re looking for a few other steady employees for the season, especially as we get into heavy picking of tomatoes, peas, beans & zucchini!
Have a great week!