The busiest part of our season began this week as we planted the first set of our fall broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Over the next eight weeks, we will fill our fields with all of our fall crops. Brussel sprouts, beets, carrots, spinach, etc… will be transplanted and seeded week after week to provide a continuous harvest well into December.
Admittedly, this is my least favorite time of the season. Many of the colder weather crops need to be planted during the hottest months of the year to be ready for the fall. This means we have to be constantly aware of water. Every crop needs to stay well hydrated to achieve optimal growth and this can become an issue when the temperatures are constantly in the 90’s. We are constantly irrigating our fields and moving the water through the field as fast as possible. Not only do we have to constantly be monitoring the field, but we also have to make sure all the transplant trays remain wet and never dry out. July and August are also daunting months because it is our peak harvest period.
You will begin to see your share feature more summer crops. We just left the high tunnel and began to harvest cucumbers from the field. The zucchini is rolling in and we started to harvest the eggplant. Bell peppers and beans will be in the share in the next couple weeks and so will tomatoes! The first of the cherry tomatoes ripened last week and this week we see the slicers beginning to turn pink. My personal favorite summer crop to grow are peppers. It will be another 3 to 4 weeks before the red, yellow and orange bell peppers change color and we have to wait until midway through August before the horn peppers will ripen.
We are in the process of harvesting our onions. This year’s crop seems to be our best ever. We planted them earlier than usual with lots of cold protection and that seems to have helped boost the yields. We windrow them in high tunnels to dry and when the roots and tops are dry we hang them until they are needed. There are plenty of onions too keep us busy for a while.
We hope you are enjoying your share thus far and thank you for your support!
This week's share consists of:
Full Share- lettuce mix, zucchini, eggplant, beets, basil, fingerling potatoes, red onions, collard greens, carrots, cucumbers, kohlrabi
Half Share- lettuce mix, zucchini, eggplant, beets, basil, fingerling potatoes, red onions
What can I make with my share this week?? Here are a couple of ideas!
Eggplant Pizza- http://www.eatgood4life.com/eggplant-pizza/
Eggplant Meatballs- http://www.skinnytaste.com/eggplant-meatballs/
Basil Butter Garlic Bread- http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2011/09/basil-butter-garlic-bread/