This week’s box (June 28, 2010):
Leek Scapes: Just like garlic scapes, these are the flowering stalks of the leek plant. They can be used just like garlic scapes. They have a pungent leek flavor. Chop them up and use them as you would leeks or onions or garlic.
Walla Walla Sweet Onions: We may be coming to the end of walla wallas here soon, so enjoy. We have another succession growing that we planted this spring, but those won’t be ready for a couple more weeks.
Salad Mix: Eat your salad!
Rainbow Chard: One of our favorites.
Broccoli: For the problems we had with broccoli this spring, it sure is yielding nicely.
Rat-tail Radishes (Podding Radishes): This is a special variety of radishes we tried this year grown exclusively for the seed pod. I had tasted some pickled rat-tail radishes a couple of years ago and was stunned at how delicious they were! So, we decided to try them out on the farm. An interesting little crop. Check out the recipes below. Here’s an article about them in the Washington Post.
Beets (Small shares only): Thank goodness for beet season!
Napa Cabbage (Small shares only): We’re adding a new line of value added products to the farm this year. Our first product will be a kimchee. Our neighbor has recently put in a certified kitchen and she also happens to be a fermentation queen, so we have a new partnership with her to create stunning fermented products that will be for sale at the farmers markets this season.
Turnips (Large shares only): This our the standard purple top variety. Turnips are coming to an end here on the farm until fall, so enjoy while you can.
Spinach (Large shares only): The spinach keeps on coming, but as the heat increases, the plants tend to bolt earlier, which makes it harder to grow spinach in the summertime, but we keep at it all summer anyway.
Kohlrabi (Large shares only): Roasted kohlrabi is all I have to say. We tried it last week and it was amazing! It tastes just like cauliflower.
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Farm Update for the week of June 27th:
We can’t believe it is July already. This season is just moving along. We’re starting to get into our summer farming routine. Harvest, plant, weed, seed, harvest, market, harvest, plant, irrigate. It is all moving along quite nicely although a few things have gotten away from us this season, namely weeds! We just haven’t been able to keep up with the amount of weeding this spring and have lost a few crops from weeds this spring. But, we’ve added a few new crew members this week to help us catch up. It is also been so busy on the farm we haven’t had much time to get crops in the ground in a timely manner — still up for this week — sweet corn & melons and we’re going to try seeding parsnips one more time. We have such a problem getting parsnips started, but we think we have enough time to try one more time this season. Believe it or not, we don’t own a mower for our tractor, so we’ve gotten a little behind on the mowing for the season. I think we’re due to purchase a mower in the next couple of weeks and I think it is going to revolutionize Josh’s world! It has been an interesting season so far this year. We haven’t had much time to reflect just yet, but I know sometimes we feel as though we are just responding to the will of the farm and that’s about all we can do. There will be plenty of time to reflect in December.