We have been really busy the past couple of weeks, which is normal for this time of year. We’ve been constantly trying to bring the harvest in, while simultaneously planting for the fall. The lack of consistent rain has meant we’ve also had to pay extra attention to the irrigation. This past week marked the end of the heavy planting and we can now get back to a more normal weekly planting schedule.
The field changes drastically as we pull out crops that are finished and plant new fall crops. We have finished planting our broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. We try to get these crops in early enough so that they mature prior to the frost. They also grow slower as the daylight diminishes. We have finished the last of the fall leeks, and celery (celery is at its best in the fall), and have seeded plenty of carrots and beets. We are trialing a new variety of fall carrot which is disease resistant to the fungal disease that has plagued our fall carrots in the past. We started to plant radishes, hakurei turnips, kohlrabi, broccoli raab, spinach and begun to double our plantings of lettuce. Onion maggot flies gave us trouble on our fall scallions, therefore, this year we made sure to cover them right away.
The shares will slowly change from summer to fall items as the weeks wind down. Tomatoes remain consistent throughout August and September and the peppers begin to reach their peak at this time. We are excited to begin to harvest the colored peppers, and our favorites are the colored horn peppers (will be ready in a couple weeks) because their taste is exceptional. Our attempt at cantaloupes looks successful and should be ready by next week. Our first plantings of fall broccoli and cabbage should arrive by the end of August.
The most exciting crop and my favorite crop to grow is winter squash and we will begin to harvest it at the end of this week. It should show up in the shares shortly thereafter. Winter squash is related to the cucumber, but is harvested after the skin becomes tough and can be stored well into the winter. It is my favorite due to its versatility in cooking and its storage ability. It is also a challenging crop to grow for organic growers which is why it is not always found organically in grocery stores. Jess will post plenty of recipes for winter squash when it appears in the shares. If you have never tried butternut, delicata, spaghetti, or acorn squash you will be in for a treat!
We are enjoying the rest of the summer crops and looking forward to the fall harvest!
This week's share consists of:
Full Share- beans, eggplant, hot and sweet peppers, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, onions, cherry tomatoes, kale
Half Share- beans, eggplant, hot and sweet peppers, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes
What can I make with my share this week?? Here are a couple of ideas!
Vegetatian Eggplant Meatballs- http://www.skinnytaste.com/2015/07/eggplant-meatballs.html
Eggplant Bruschetta- https://luckyangeleyes.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/eggplant-bruschetta/
Summer Vegetable Tian- http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/08/summer-vegetable-tian/