Summer is here at last, and so we have cranked into high gear. I haven’t posted for a few weeks, because of the shift into hectic mode, but we did complete the Spring season successfully, with lots of tasty greens and a touch of rhubarb—our first harvest!
We took a good, hard look at what was left, though, and decided that we would not complete our two weeks of winter make-up as planned. We just do not have enough to make a successful weekly harvest, twice. We have a lot of a few things, and so we are going to farmers markets, but no shares until the Summer season starts June 18. Instead, we have sent out vouchers to everyone who took part in our last winter season. You can use your voucher at a farmers market to buy produce or eggs from us, or save it and apply the value to a future CSA purchase. We really feel like this is the best for our subscribers—and it’s your choice.
We are ramping up for the first week of Summer! The peas are blooming, which means sugar snaps and shelling peas are only a few weeks away. We’ve got fresh patches of greens growing steadily in this early June warmth, and we’re still looking ahead at what promises to be a great season.
I am working on getting the email out there to confirm, but if you’re looking and I’m slow, the first week of the Summer CSA is June 18th. The first Saturday pickup will be June 22nd. Look for an email this week from me, and if you don’t get one, pester me. This is a very busy time of year, especially before school gets out.
The cut-flower garden is a bit behind, because we weren’t able to plant during the rainy spell in May, but we are catching up and expect some blooms by the end of June. The u-pick peas should be ready around the end of June as well, and an extra-early patch of green beans in early July.
The baby turkeys arrived last week, and they have settled in. We are taking deposits for Thanksgiving now, so reserve yours soon to avoid Turkey Frenzy 2013—that mad panic that happens around the end of October, when everyone realizes that they don’t have their special bird lined up yet and there are none to be found. We have about 20 left unspoken-for. Our first fryer butchering day is approaching soon, but we still have quite a few birds available for later harvests, especially the August and September dates.
We are anxiously awaiting the cows to calve. Juniper is due first—June 30, and Dulce is due with her first calf about two weeks later. Beauty is pregnant, but we are unsure of her due date. Sometime before the end of August is the best estimate, but this will be her 12th calf, so we trust that she knows what she’s doing. The newly-planted cow pasture is nearly ready for cows, so we’re mowing it now and getting the fence put up. You may ask, “Why mow if the cows are going there to eat it?” There are two answers: 1. Because the grass is still a bit thin, and cutting it is like pruning, and will make it get bushier, thicker, and softer. 2. Because cows don’t like tall, pokey grass. They like it soft and about 6-8″ long.
My honeybee mentor, David brought down some hives to take advantage of our bee forage—mostly blackberry. He may be bringing another three hives down in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out. You can’t miss his style.
We had an amazing Locust bloom this year, stronger and sweeter-smelling than I can remember it being in many years. I stole two frames of honey from my own hives to try and capture it before the bees mix it with blackberry blossom. The blackberries are blooming already, but there’s no nectar yet, so no honey.
We are actively working on the Yes on 522 campaign—Washington is working on a rule that would establish mandatory labeling of GMO food. Don’t you want to know if the milk, wheat, corn, soy, rice, canola, and sugar in your food have been genetically modified? There are others, including cotton and fuel oil plants that are being manipulated as well, but they aren’t turned into food. Please ask us if you want more information or a $1 button.
And one more photo, just for fun. Spelled right and everything!
Have a great week, enjoy the sun, and get ready for summer produce!