Week 7 of the famous green season

This is week 7 of the green season – wrapping things up here real soon and moving on into summer. It always feels like a whole new garden when the summer crops start running along. That said, there still are two deliveries and farm call days to put behind us.

lots and lots of seedlings

The main activity for the last two weeks has been and is bed prep and seedling set out. It is fun to see the volunteer crops popping up while that happens – Potatoes and Tomatoes both seem to be forever crops: once they have been planted they just keep coming back. It is a bit tempting to let some of the volunteer Tomatoes go ahead and grow out – they most certainly will have crossed with adjacent plants which might provide the Next Great Tomato!

Hi – I am a Potato Volunteer.

Meanwhile, the rascally villain that has ruined the snap pea crop was terminated (well, at least one villain of many) today – albeit too late to rescue the snap pea crop. This dry hot weather is great for things that aren’t planted yet – those that expected a moderate amount of rain and cool are going ahead and forming seed pods (Kale, you know who we are talking about). 

Snap-pea Pirate Rabbit

Cilantro. There is a fair amount of it coming on, which means that you will have a token amount UNLESS you ask for a bunch. Historically folks get a token amount of things like Cilantro or Basil – frequently there are a lot more available for those who ask. So – if you want a bunch ask, or you will get a bit. Same with Parsley. Last week a baggie of various herbs went to folks – Right now here at the farm Cilantro is being added to most (of Doug’s) meals – e.g. Basted eggs garnished with Cilantro, et cetra. It is mighty good stuff. So is the Parsley, Mint, Chives are a bit thin-bodied, Arugula…

Look at all that Parsley and Cilantro (with guests)

Lots more pictures but you get the idea. Oh, while we are talking veggies, the Red Cabbage is starting to form heads. Probably will be in the the first few weeks of Main season, but boy are they pretty:

Red the Cabbage Head, Almost.

so – here’s what’s coming:

Lettuce The greenhouse lettuce just keeps coming: Red Iceberg and/or Winter Density this week… Yada Yada Yada.
Brassicas Cabbage and more cabbage… And Kale, small leaf. Kale is determined to go to seed before getting any size. Heat is not it’s friend.
Roots  Beets… Yeah, well someday there will be beets. Maybe. The irrigation needs to be turned on for the poor dears.
Greens  Arugula, Wasabi mustard, Spinach. Spinach is looking ratty, and needs to go away for Tomatoes.
Herbs Cilantro, Parsley, Chives, Mint, Oregano, Basil (baby tiny Basil) Celery leaf or two. Thyme and Sage in a couple weeks.
Misc  Asparagus – really going straight to leaf Really Fast. There may not be any this week. It was sooo good. Be glad you had it.

The Figs are fascinating to watch. Every day that temp is about 75 they  get bigger… and bigger… and bigger. Time to go check the Peaches – at this rate they may be ready in June.

It looks like there are about half as many members as last year for main season. If that happens, there will definitely be opportunity for you to do a farm visit and pick enough to preserve. The best theory is that inflation and the urge to Get Out Of Town finally are at work – it certainly can’t be caused by the horrible CSA crop of 2022… Oh wait…

By Doug

--- 'farmer doug' is the planner and heavy lifter for the CSA and the LLC. Loves to teach; "ask him the time, he'll tell you how to make a clock." Always has a new idea to try, some of which work. BTW - if you try and phone call, and you are NOT in his caller ID you will not be answered - just leave a message and you will be called right back.

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