Monday, July 20, 2015

CSA Week 6

Hi Everyone,


We just walked inside from transplanting out the last of the fall kohlrabi and boc choi. Finally, all the thousands of seedlings are out of the greenhouse and in the field. And just in time for the start of garlic harvest 2015. The shaded and breezy greenhouse is a perfect place for drying all that garlic for the next few weeks. So far, it's our best garlic harvest ever. Read more about the garlic harvest in the Farm Happenings section below.

Littlest farm helper
Harvesting carrots

Harvest List: Carrots, Fresh garlic, some Bell Peppers (limit 1), Zucchini, 4 kinds of Summer squash, Onion Scallions, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Pickling cucumbers, Radishes, Kohlrabi and greens, Salad turnips, Swiss chard, Kale, and Lettuce heads. There are enough bunches of carrots for every CSA member. Full shares choose 10 items and Half shares choose 5. Extra Greens shares receive more lettuce heads. Fresh garlic is meant to be eaten promptly and won't store well. It has a stronger taste than storage garlic, but mellows when cooked.

Pick-Your-Own: 3 kinds of Basil, Flat leaf parsley, Thyme, Oregano, Mint, some Lavender, Lovage, and Chives. There are some final peas for the intrepid. Looks like the Green & wax beans start next week!

Farm Happenings: We are in the middle of garlic harvest of almost 3,000 plants. We grow four varieties of garlic. German and Siberian are hardneck varieties that withstand our cold
winters. We also grow two "wild" heirloom varieties that we found growing near old burn piles here on the farm. They were probably commercial varieties from previous generations that got thrown out and a few survived near the burn pile.We have cultivated the wild garlic we found for four years, choosing the biggest, healthiest cloves to plant each year. We are very pleased with this year's harvest! The wild garlic has a lovely purple skin and rich garlic flavor that you will get to taste no where else but here. 

Recipe: Three delicious summer squash recipes are available, shared by your fellow CSA members! Calabasitas con Queso, Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, and Turkey Santa Fe Zucchini Boats. I will make copies and put them on the counter in the share barn.


Fall Crops are planted!

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