>THIS WEEK’S SUBSCRIBER MENU:
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• Swiss Chard
• Sweet Onions
• Big Lettuces
• Sugar Snap Peas
Sugar Snap Peas
Herbs: Rosemary, Sage, Lemon Thyme, Oregano, Cilantro, Dill, Nasturtium Flowers
Flowers: Snapdragons, Bachelor’s Buttons, Cosmos, Corn Cockle, Rocky Mountain Garland, Larkspur, Poppies
We have opened up the cut-flower and herb gardens for u-pick. Please look for the signs and instructions when you are here to pick. U-pick peas will be coming soon—maybe even next week.
We are without Luis this week, and probably next. I apologize for getting this posted late. He had knee surgery Monday, and I think he’ll be taking it easy for a while. It’s not the best timing for us, but Mike and I are making do. Picking everything ourselves isn’t so bad, it’s getting all the late summer and fall crops planted at the same time that we’re having a hard time with. It’s helping to have the kids in day camp for a couple of weeks, at least we can focus better.
The peas have come on strong, and you really need to get over here and do your picking before they dry up. There are just so many that will be wasted if they don’t get eaten or put in your freezers. I can only do so many myself. If you’re not sure how, you can view Cosmo’s documentary on pea-picking here.
The summer squashes and zucchinis are growing beautifully now, and they will be blooming by the end of the week. The basil is finally growing, and the broccoli and cauliflower are getting bigger. The potatoes need to be hilled, the garlic is ready to pull from the ground, and really, so are the yellow and red dry onions. We’ve got the fall/winter beets and the big carrot crop planted but they’re having a hard time germinating without a lot of water, so we’re working on that. Winter squashes and pumpkins are finally starting to go—we’ll have plenty if we have a late summer and no September frosty nights. They’re going to need every day they can get. The artichokes look great, and so do the green beans. I’ve still got to get the last few rows of pole shelling beans strung up before the vines get any longer or it will be too late. And there are 50 flats of lettuce and radicchio waiting to go in the ground. It’s a good thing the puppies got us up early today.