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!