Summer Week 3—Heatwave!

Ladybugs, baby! Parent and larva, hunting aphids. A single ladybug can eat 5,000 aphids in its lifetime, so these are definitely beneficial to the farm!

Ladybugs, baby! Parent and larva, hunting aphids. A single ladybug can eat 5,000 aphids in its lifetime, so these are definitely beneficial to the farm!

THIS WEEK’S SUBSCRIBER MENU:
• Romaine Lettuce
• Red Russian Kale or Swiss Chard or Collard Greens
• Italian Torpedo Onions
• Fava Beans
• Fresh Basil
• Fresh Dill
• Arugula

LARGE SHARES: (also available in the Trading Box)
• Zucchini
• Cucumbers
• Snow Peas

Click on the links above for information and recipes about these crops.

COMING SOON: Cilantro, Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Beets

Wowza! It was nearly 100° here today! We are happy about the heat because it will make everything grow quickly, but too much too fast makes it hard to water everything to keep it from dying!

Good news is that the outdoor herbs (basils, parsley, cilantro, dill) are all doing great and we will be picking them soon. The carrots, beets, and turnips will be ready sooner than planned, and so will the broccoli and cabbage. Even the beans will be along in another week or two, and that is speedy! Our next (and larger) plot of peas will be ready next week, too, so you’ll be getting more crunchy sweetness.

The new greenhouse is nearly done. It just needs the skin and end walls. So close!

The new greenhouse is nearly done. It just needs the skin and end walls. So close!

Many people have been asking about the u-pick area—next week! We just need to make some improvements to the entryway and get the signs posted, and we’ll be all set. Don’t want anyone tripping in their excitement to pick peas and herbs!

We were able to get an early patch of snap beans planted, back in April, and here they are! Just another week or two until we can start picking!

We were able to get an early patch of snap beans planted, back in April, and here they are! Just another week or two until we can start picking!

I’ve been searching up some good fava bean recipes, especially any that don’t require cooking, so be sure and check out the Fava Bean page here. It IS salad season, so here’s a handy salad dressing guide. We have enjoyed the BLT salad, but there are so many ways, and with this week’s gigantic romaine heads—I’m screaming for a grilled chicken Caesar!

My apologies to those who don't like snakes, but this garter snake was so beautiful! Usually they have blue stripes, sometimes red or yellow, but I haven't seen one so vividly orange before. A real beauty, and so valuable to the farm!

My apologies to those who don’t like snakes, but this garter snake was so beautiful! Usually they have blue stripes, sometimes red or yellow, but I haven’t seen one so vividly orange before. A real beauty, and so valuable to the farm!

 

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4 responses to “Summer Week 3—Heatwave!

  1. I love the snake! Very Dutch in his vivid coloring :) They are super helpful to have around too. I can’t wait for the fresh dill, sounds like a perfect potato salad for next week or maybe some shrimp melts…

  2. Everything was fabulous this week! We made a delicious pasta dish last night – while the pasta was cooking, I sauted some torpedos with cherry tomatoes and arugula. We tossed the favas in to cook with the pasta and tossed everything together with a generous amount of olive oil, salt, pepper, and topped it with the fresh basil. Amazing! Its so helpful to have everything washed and ready to go too, so happy I shelled the favas on the weekend lol

  3. We have really been enjoying our summer shares, but are really missing the posts about what we will be getting each week. We usually pick up our share on Tuesday evenings, but we make a menu earlier in the week and it is hard to know what to plan for. Is there any chance the posts about what is in our weekly share will start coming out on Tuesdays? I don’t think there was one for last week at all and I wasn’t quite sure what one of the greens was (my husband picked it up and didn’t remember).

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