Summer Week 5—Summer is Definitely Here

Pea season has faded with the heat, but BEAN season is just beginning.

Pea season has faded with the heat, but BEAN season is just beginning.

THIS WEEK’S SUBSCRIBER MENU:
• Green Beans
• Zucchini
• Italian Torpedo Onions
• “Winter Density” Romaine
• “Red Fire” Leaf Lettuce
Purslane
• Red Russian Kale or Swiss Chard or Collard Greens or Salad Turnips
• Fresh Basil
• Garlic

LARGE SHARES: (also available in the Trading Box)
• Napa Cabbage
• Italian Parsley
• Mizuna

TRADING/SHARING BOX:
Zucchini Blossoms
• Pearl/Green Onions
• Cucumbers
• Fennel
• Parsley and Dill

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

COMING SOON: Carrots, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage

Juicy, tart (for some people) and good for you—Purslane!

Juicy, tart (for some people) and good for you—Purslane!

Hot. Yes, it’s hot. In general, heat isn’t a problem for the farm as long as we can keep the water moving. But what happens when you add heat and water? Rapid growth! Lettuces grow big fast, beans fatten up quickly, and Purslane becomes ready to pick. Ready all about it here.

One of the advantages of working in the evening—this amazing view from the bean rows.

One of the advantages of working in the evening—this amazing view from the bean rows.

We have been butchering fryers every two weeks or so, and we have extra birds, cleaned and ready to eat. Fryers (4-6 pounds) and Roasters (7-10 pounds). Please try one—they are delicious, tender, and juicy. So unlike grocery store chicken. Some of the roasters got rather large, so we are capping the price at 7.5 pounds. This is you chance to load up on a bird you can eat for a week. Here is what Susan did with hers, since it was too big to fit in her crock pot:Weighted Chicken

Zucchini blossoms are making their premier in the Trading/Sharing Box today!

Zucchini blossoms are making their premier in the Trading/Sharing Box today!

I’m happy to announce that the U-Pick garden will open this weekend! We are almost ready, but we need to tidy up and post signs. There are Snap Peas and Shelling Peas; Bachelor Buttons and Snapdragons; various Basils, Dill, and Cilantro. Soon the Beans will be ready, as well as Cosmos and other flowers.

Please remember that this is a very busy time for us. Not only are we taking care of our summer crops and harvesting, but we also need to get all of our fall and winter crops planted this month. It doesn’t seem like it but day length is getting shorter every day, and all growth must be complete by October for the winter months. We are usually outside working until 10:00 pm and back out again by 7:00 am, so the phone will not be answered. Feel free to email, and I will respond as best I can.

While you walk around the farm in this dusty season, keep an eye out for animal tracks, like this pair of garter snake tracks crossing the driveway.

While you walk around the farm in this dusty season, keep an eye out for animal tracks, like this pair of garter snake tracks crossing the driveway.

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3 responses to “Summer Week 5—Summer is Definitely Here

  1. I’ve never had purslane before, but now that I’ve read about how nutritious it is, I’m excited to try it! Thanks for providing us with such great food. =)

  2. the you-pick area–what time of day and what day is it available??

    Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:18:32 +0000 To: nancyellencorr@hotmail.com

  3. Hi Shelley – Just a heads up that the next two Sunday’s some else will be picking up our share and eggs – July 27th – Chandra Travers Aug 3rd – Sarah Gardner Both are West Seattle folks so hopefully we can get them to sign up with you in the future :)

    Thanks and take care. Adam Werner

    Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:18:23 +0000 To: adamdubas@msn.com

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