Week 14 of the main season

This is a fun time for the CSA because so many summer crops are in season – the main lagging veggie is the sweet corn – which does seem to be valiantly striving to ripen:


The best guess is that there might be some young ears next week – the silk on the faster growers is turning brown, which is the first step. All signs indicate that the corn will be here for 4-5 weeks once it starts.

The Patty Pan summer squash has a great flavor – Flower Farmer/test kitchen cook roasted some sliced with the new potatoes and a couple of Subeto (the purple color) beets and the combo was excellent.

Patty Pan playing hide and seek – nice size, tastes great

The next thing that will be showing up in your boxes will be the sweet white onions – they are smaller than what usually shows up in the grocery – which is because they were Spring sown. The truly large onions would need to be sown at a time of year where things are hard to protect, at least here at Shilofarm. The year that was attempted the onions disappeared.

Sweet Bulb Onions

This is probably the last week where Lettuce is being held back – the Algosa (a Savoy cabbage) is great in coleslaw, and will be available probably two more weeks. There is also some green cabbage coming and a few heads of Bok Choi.

Muir young lettuce

The beans will keep on coming for some time to come. If perchance you are all done with green beans, reply and let your desires be known.  Meanwhile, this is the possible list for this week:

Lettuce Everyone next week – Muir or Nevada leaf lettuce, green – a few this week.
Brassicas Alcosa (Savoy) cabbage (small), Full share will probably get a Bok Choi. Kale is in recovery after a severe pruning.
Roots  Nice week for Root crops: Beets, Carrots, Radishes, a few Japanese Salad Turnips. Are potatoes a root crop? Probably not.
Greens  Arugula, Chard,  Mustard. cutting back on these because boxes are pretty full already – ask if you want some.
Herbs Lots of Basil, Chives… We have some Oregano, Mint is small (post summer slump), but if you want any of these ask.
Misc tomatoes are putting out well now – this week will be mostly from the determinate varieties, but some indeterminate types. Potatoes are still new type (thin skin) – random pick. Red grapes, green beans, summer squash. Looks like the Peaches are all done.

Flower of the week…Zinnias and Stock and Statice and whatever else – maybe some Roses. It is always a surprise.

Zinnias smiling at the sun, hiding amngst the marigolds

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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