This week’s box (July 6th, 2010):
Walla Walla Sweet Onions: More sweet onions! I’ve been wanting to carmelize them and put them on top of hamburgers. Soon….or try making fresh onion dip with sour cream. Carmelize the onions for a long time and mix into sour cream with fresh garlic. Use carrots to dip.
Salad Mix: Salad, salad, salad! Great for the upcoming hot days when no one wants to get in the kitchen and cook.
Carrots: The first carrots of the season. We’ve been munching on them here and there, but we’ve been waiting for them to size up for you. These particular carrots were grown in a new part of our field this year where no vegetables have grown yet. Our laying chickens also grazed here for a long time in 2008, so the ground was nice and fertile for vegetables this year.
Cauliflower: Like spring broccoli, cauliflower is a picky vegetable (at least for us) in the spring. Again, this was grown in the same area as the carrots, so we’ve had giant cauliflower as a result. We haven’t given it much attention this spring and the results have been outrageous. Cauliflower is up there as one of my favorite vegetables.
Sugar Snap Peas: These are the type of peas you can eat raw in the pod. A great, healthy snack. I also like cooking them lightly. We grew a trellising variety this year and what a difference in yield! We’ve always grown bush varieties and have never realized great yields, but this year is the year of the pea. We got them in late as well as our seed supplier couldn’t get us our seed until April because of a pea weevil infestation. Anyway, we’re having a great sugar snap pea harvest this year. Enjoy.
Head Lettuce: We’re coming back into head lettuce after a bit of a break. If you don’t want to make even more salads, try using the leaves as wraps.
Garlic: This is green garlic before it has been cured. We’re about to pull our garlic for the year and cure it, but it is nice to cook with as well when it is in its fresh stage. We’ve also had problems growing garlic in the past as gophers have done a good job on the crops, but we moved it to our leased field this year and have had great results. We’ll be giving you a lot of garlic this summer and we’ll be holding a bunch for our winter CSA. I’ll have details on the winter program in a few weeks.
Strawberries: We’re coming to the end of the first flush of berries for the spring. They will take a bit of a break, which gives us an opportunity to fertilize, weed and water them. Expect a lot more berries this season as we put in a lot more this spring.
Chard (Large shares only): This variety is called Fordhook Giant and is my favorite variety of chard. The savoyed leaves grow so huge! I love it.
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Farm Update for the week of July 5th:
The farm is cruising along. We’ve still got a lot to do in the next couple of weeks. We will begin planting fall crops and roots next week — things like carrots (which will then stay in the ground through March!). We spent a lot of time catching up on weeding last week and will continue to do that again this week. We taught a class here on Thursday to 6 incubator farmers and that was fun to share knowledge. The particular topic was transplanting and direct seeding. We even had help getting bunching onions and frisee in the ground! And Josh seeded basil and radishes. The tomatoes in the hoophouse are growing amazingly well. We’ve got green fruit on some of the early varieties we planted like Medford and Crimson Sprinter. We’re continually trellising and pruning as much as we can. It can take awhile for a few people to go through the hoophouse and prune. We’re a bit behind on that, but the debate is out whether pruning really increases yields or not. It at least makes it easier for harvesting and trellising. Our other summer crops are doing really well — eggplants, peppers, field tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, corn, basil. They will all be here before you know it. It looks like we are in for some hot weather this week, so stay cool.