You-choose CSA – Week 10! First summer CSA!

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The solstice isn’t until the 21st, so technically we’re starting the summer CSA a day early. That said, when I first started to pay attention to plant life cycles and the calendar year a long time ago, I realized that plants’ sprouting and harvest times often do not line up with cultural expectations based on the four seasons of the calendar. Though summer officially starts Wednesday, many summer crops are ready for harvest at the beginning of June, such as summer squash, basil, and cucumbers. All of that assumes you get your plants started in the greenhouse in the spring when there are still frosts outside, and get them planted at just the right time toward the end of April. Now that many farms use high-tunnels covered in plastic to start their crops even earlier, sometimes at the farmers’ market you’ll see these crops, and even tomatoes and peppers, in early June and even earlier.

We had such a good round of spring crops, and such a busy spring, that we were behind getting a lot of the summer crops in the ground, and so this year our harvest schedule is lining up more with the seasonal calendar than usual. New on the list this week are cucumbers, several types of basil, green tomatoes (which are unripe and great for making fried green tomatoes if you enjoy that, but otherwise hopefully we’ll have ripe tomatoes on the list next week or the week after), and carrots which are much later than usual due to a loss of the first planting. The melons, eggplant, peppers, and okra are all growing and should be ready in July, though the peak season for our eggplant and peppers is usually August.

Thank you all for your continued support, and here’s to a bountiful summer!

You-choose CSA – Week 10 – 1st Summer CSA!
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You-choose CSA – Week 9 – Final spring CSA!

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It’s hard to believe this is the last spring CSA. It has flown by faster than any spring we’ve had before (or maybe I’m just getting older!). The strawberries might have helped it feel so fast, and we have continued to be amazed each week that there are still more berries. That said, I think they’re all but done. I’ve left them on the list in case we can scrounge some more, but it is unlikely. Excitingly, we have a late planting of arugula, that although is not pretty (bugs started making little holes in the leaves as soon as it came up), is young, tender, and tasty! There’s also ridicchio on the list this week, for lovers of that bitter, beautiful vegetable. Other than that, the spring crops continue to dwindle, and there are no more favas, though the snap peas are hanging on.

The cucumbers are getting very close to ready, and should be on the list next week (fingers crossed), and the squash have been struggling, but also should be ready in a week or two. Our late carrots are also looking good and hopefully will be on the list soon. And the tomato plants are getting huge! I’m not sure when we’ll have ripe tomatoes, it always depends on the weather, and for us it’s usually late June. I am seeing some nice green tomatoes on the celebrities, so they’ll be ready first, and the heirlooms should all be coming on in early July!

You-choose CSA – Week 9 – Final Spring CSA!
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You-choose CSA – Week 8!

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It’s hard to believe there’s only one more week of the spring CSA. But if you watch the list of the available produce over the next week, it should be evident. We have fewer and fewer spring crops with each passing day. We were late getting a lot of the summer crops in the ground, but we already have some squash, which is new on the list this week. We harvested all of the green and red cabbage this past week, and it will remain on the list for the next few weeks at least. Potatoes are also starting to be available! Hopefully cucumbers and basil will show up soon, and the tomatoes always take much longer, but the plants are huge in the field and should be ready in about three weeks. This might be the last week for fava beans, and maybe for sugar snaps as well, and the strawberries are all but done:( I included them as an option just in case we can scrounge enough together, but an attempt to harvest more on Saturday after the farmers’ markets was not promising. As the spring crops slow down, we can shift more and more of our attention to the summer plants, and hopefully we’ll have a summer bounty soon!

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You-choose CSA – Week 7!

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The list is pretty similar to last week. The strawberries are hanging on, and might even recover a little bit from all the rain last week. The spinach and small salad greens are all done, but there’s still a lot of lettuces including Red romaine new on the list this week. Also back on the list are hakurei salad turnips, and we also have a late round of arugula that is just coming up, so fingers crossed, there may be more arugula in a couple of weeks!

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You-choose CSA – Week 6!

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The list is looking much like last week. We’re out of the gold and Chiogga varieties of beets. There’s a whole other planting of beets that should be ready in a week or two, and while there are no gold beets in the second round, there will be plenty of Chioggas. This rain and cooler weather should refresh the greens, but it’s not good for the strawberries. There were plenty of berries over the weekend, but they may be damaged and slow to ripen this week. New on the list this week is red cabbage. There’s also frisee on the list this week. This endive is a frilly, bitter green that is cherished by some, and too bitter for most people. I do encourage people to try it, but this green is not for the faint of heart.

We’ll be planting a ton of plants this week: 1500 sweet potatoes, about 800 eggplant and peppers, a ton of winter squash and pumpkins, and a good amount of melons, okra, basil, summer squash, cucumbers and more sweet corn. This is the last big planting before the fall, which will be a huge relief and let us try to get caught up on weeding and making the field look good! We’ll continue to do small successions of plantings throughout the summer of squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and basil with the goal of extending the season for the summer crops as long as possible.

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You-choose CSA – Week 5!

Helllooooo! It’s hard to believe we’re just about halfway through the spring CSA. I’m really happy with this year’s spring CSA. We’ve never had strawberries like this, and they are not about to stop. The sunny, hot weather this week might hasten their decline, but for at least this week we still have plenty. New on the list this week are sugar snap peas, which are still tender and mild and should be sweeter and bigger next week, fava beans that are also tender and small which means you can cook the whole bean fresh and is way less work!, and sorrel which is a tangy, lemony herb that is a lot of fun.

We’re making great progress on the summer crops, and can’t wait to get the melons and sweet potatoes in the ground early next week (hopefully!). As always, we can’t thank our CSA members enough for being great supporters of the farm, making our year so much more predictable, and enjoying our fresh produce!

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You-choose CSA – Week 4!

So much is going on right now! We’re behind on summer planting, but getting caught up, and should have all of the tomatoes in the ground by Wednesday or Thursday. Most importantly, the strawberries are continuing to produce like crazy, and they look like they will continue to for another week or two (fingers crossed, this cold weather is definitely helping!). You’ll notice a few items are new to the list this week, including broccoli, cauliflower, and Napa cabbage! There will be a ton of broccoli and cauliflower in a few weeks, but for now they are limited and you’ll need to select a back up. The purple kohlrabi is also doing awesome, and there’s a lot of it right now! For those of you who have never had purple kohlrabi, it’s not very celebrated among other types of produce, but my personal opinion is it’s highly underrated for a couple of reasons: 1) it’s got amazing greens that are similar to kale in addition to the tasty stems, and 2) it is so funky and awesome looking. A few items are gone from the list too, including bok choy (a victim of a serious beetle attack) and turnips (the first round has all been harvested, but hopefully there is a second succession coming. Also, the longer days and warmer weather are taking their toll on the spinach. It’s still on the list this week, but not holding up well and will probably be done after this week. We’ll be planting the rest of the summer crops in the next week or two, and it’ll be June before you know it!

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You-choose CSA – Week 3!

There’s lots more on the list this week, including a number of varieties of lettuces, herbs including cilantro, dill, and parsley, beets, and green onions! There also should be more strawberries. If there is a big enough harvest of strawberries, everyone will get quarts instead of pints, but that will all depend on how many we’re able to harvest Monday and Tuesday. The strawberries are doing well, and in the last few days we’ve started to harvest a lot more. If you’d like extra strawberries, note that on the form as well as a back up choice. Purple kohlrabi also might be available by Tuesday. Please select a back-up for that as well, as it’s right on the cusp of being ready. Kohlrabi is definitely one of the most underrated veggies out there. The leaves are great cooked just like kale, and stem is like a sweet turnip that can also be roasted, and it looks funky and awesome. We planted a lot of sweet corn last week, and are hoping to get the tomatoes in the ground as soon as possible! There’s of greenhouse work this week as we continue to get ready to plant tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, basil, and more.

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2017 You-choose CSA – Week 2!

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It’s been a wet, rainy day, and it’s forecast to continue through tomorrow, with almost a month’s worth of rain coming in a couple of days. It’s been dry since last fall, and we definitely need the water, but when it all comes at once like this it’s not good for the crops. The strawberries started ripening on Friday, and I just took a walk through them. It’s borderline whether there will be enough ripe fruit for Tuesday, but the few that are ready are pretty tasty. The fruit ripens slowly in overcast weather, and the rain dilutes the sweetness, but assuming they do ripen for Tuesday the flavor should be okay. Go ahead and select a back up in case they’re not ready. Also new on the list this week: bok choi, red curly kale (really it’s a beautiful dark purple), bunched mustard greens, and scarlet queen turnips, and in a few weeks we’ll have green onions, all kinds of herbs, beets and head lettuces, hopefully shortly followed by fava beans, broccoli, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, potatoes, and carrots.

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2017 You-choose CSA – Week 1!

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It’s hard to believe it’s already time to start the 2017 CSA. While it’s been warm for months, plants in the field are just starting to put on leaves and grow really fast. Thanks to the warm winter and early spring, there’s a little more available than there normally would at this point. It’s still mostly limited to greens and fast growing roots though, so keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more greens and herbs, and then beets, green onions, broccoli, cauliflower and more. ALSO, I really don’t want to jinx it, but the strawberries are looking really good. Strawberry season usually starts in early May, but it’s been so warm, they might start ripening before then. I’ve had a couple of tough years of back luck with the strawberries. Everything from pests wiping them out to late frosts. So I’m afraid to even mention them here, but my fingers are crossed. Thanks for being a part of the 2017 CSA!

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