Main Season week 7

What a busy week… On Sunday our young bulls came up missing – which precipitated several door visits in the neighborhood. Farm houses – it is best to stand in the yard and holler “Hello the house” not really knowing which of your legs might get chewed off by the Dog Patrol. In the course of the search as mentioned elsewhere a trip to ER was generated with six stitches and a shiny new Tetanus shot. Bulls are located, we have not brought them home as that has it’s own set of challenges. Brett really is in love, and a bull in love is not to be taken likely.

Meanwhile, the garden has been all about weeding, watering and putting up bean trellises.  Just barely in time – the very first bean bud (before bean blossom) has arrived:

upon close examination the bean blossom bud is there.

A new bean blossom is so special. Really. Especially when in ’22 there were barely any beans whatsoever… This year there are 6 rows – so be prepared in about 4 week to think about “putting up beans…”

The other new arrival(s) are a rather large number of minuscule yellow summer squash:

last week the squash had a start, this week a flower on the fruit…

Given the usual pace of summer squash there might maybe be a few this week. However, if not there will be lots in a week or two. Way lots. It’s a summer squash thing.

The early potatoes are continuing to tease – still few and far between. It is likely that there won’t be any spuds in your box this week – quite a few green tomatoes that are too small to be fried green tomatoes. The best guess is that you will be able to do some amazing cooking thing with summer squash and tomatoes fairly soon though  – possibly next week. That said, here’s the surprise:

A peach! split pit but it ate good.

Yep, a white peach! Sadly this one has a split pit, but you can rest assured it was eaten anyway, There will be a picking for Friday portioned out amongst you. The peaches go from almost ripe to spoiled really quickly, these should be either ripe or almost ripe. White peaches are low acid, which is not everyone’s favorite peach flavor. Just go with it, pretend you are astounded.

The last picture today is to show you how pretty those lettuce are before they get all wilted on your porch. That is the most disappointing thing – to pick something lovely and have it mush out.

This is how Cegolaine looks before it wilts in your box. 🙁

The smaller green lettuce doesn’t do so, but this Cegolaine just hates heat after it has been picked. Yeah, it is known that it recovers after you wash it and chill it, but it is really upsetting to drop a box off that started out full and lovely and now looks half full and bleah. Done venting.

Here’s what actually is available this week:

Lettuce Cegolaine (new crop) continues, with some new leaf green lettuce whose varietal name is lost in time – but tastes pretty good.
Brassicas Small leaf Kale… yep, that’s it for now. New cabbage is out there a month or so.
Roots  Japanese Salad turnips are ramping up quickly, radishes are right behind. A few small beets.
Greens  Arugula… Yep, that’s the green this week.
Herbs Parsley, Chives, Mint, Oregano, Basil. Lots of Basil. Parsley is in short supply
Misc Peaches. A possible Plum – mourn the plum, the tree is dying. Slim chance for a summer squash.

Flower of the week is Roses-  Probably. There were some snapdragons gifted to the neighbor who penned up one of the runaway bulls, so, depends on what the flower farm fancies.

Find the flower: Stock, Statice, Snapdragon, Onions… oops.

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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