CSA 2013 Newsletter Week 3 – beets & peas

Not much new to report this week – almost a lull in the heat. Everything continues along in the field. The second patch of beets, peas, beans, dill and cilantro has been weeded, and the peas and beets are finally coming in. I’m keeping at the salad mix planting, and we are doubling back to weed the crops that need it – onions, kale, squash and a few others. What are you waiting for and excited about? 

The kale was big enough to bunch this week and most of the damage is gone from the flea beetles attacking the lancinato (dino) and red russian kale. Head lettuce is almost done, 1-2 more weeks. The peas are just starting, same with the baby beets in this week’s box; carrots should be ready next week and green beans, squash and cucumbers are all a few weeks off, eggplant in the hoop house will be ready in 1-2 weeks as well.

The garlic is ready to get picked and despite several weedings, seems have to been slightly overrun – meaning smaller sized (but still delicious) garlic heads. These early fresh heads have soft skins and a fresher flavor than dried garlic; we should have garlic regularly throughout the season.

I gave the culinary herbs a break this week to let them size up, but we will continue next week with a rotation of cilantro, dill, oregano, thyme, basil and parsley.

The head lettuce lasts just a couple more weeks, then the summer crops really start to hit!

Cherries! We will have cherries from fruit members for the next few weeks, maybe 3-4 weeks total. We are very fortunate to have a long term purchasing history with one of the few growers with a sizable cherry crop this year – First Fruits. Quantities are a little lighter than past years for the CSA because the price is incredibly high this year ($80/box wholesale!), but we feel lucky to get them at all – so enjoy them deeply.

 

Week 3 –

note: full members may get doubles, half members may not get all items

  • Rainbow Chard
  • Kale
  • Head lettuce – red butter & more
  • salad mix
  • radishes
  • early green garlic
  • beets
  • peas

coming soon:

  • broccoli
  • full size beets
  • baby carrots
  • beans – green, purple and yellow

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