Finally the first CSA pick up has arrived. It has definitely been an interesting spring. First, we felt like winter would never leave, then we were thrust into summer-type temperatures the past two weeks. The crops have been growing quite quickly since the heat arrived. We have been busy planting and are finally approaching the end of our spring planting schedule. Many of the crops you receive have to be planted weekly so that we can get a continuous harvest. After we plant the winter squash this week, we can finally ease up a bit with planting until fall planting begins in July. The season always seems to move extremely fast this time of year. The zucchini and tomatoes in the high tunnels are beginning to flower and the cucumbers are growing like weeds. Needless to say, the weeds are growing too, and we have been working around the clock to keep the field as weed free as we can.
Our major undertaking this week is planting the winter squash (butternut, acorn, spaghetti, and delicata). We prepared the beds a month ago and allowed the weeds to germinate. We made one pass with the flame weeder 10 days ago and will make one more pass this week. Then we have to lay the drip lines, place hoops along the beds and prepare the covers that are needed to keep the insects off of our seedlings until they flower. Finally, we will be able to plant and then hope all goes well from there. It is vital we finish this work and get the transplants in the ground as early as possible to beat the dreaded powdery mildew that always kills the crop in August. As long as we have the transplants in early enough they will mature in time before the powdery mildew puts an end to the crop. Every year, come August, we hold our breath and hope we timed it up just right.
This weeks share consists of:
Spinach, red leaf lettuce, collard greens, rainbow swiss chard, scallions, radishes and hakurei turnips (picture shows a half share. Full share members will receive twice the amount of the produce shown in the picture).