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This Week's Share: Plus No Shares Next Week + What's On U-Pick For the Next Two Weeks

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(This photo from CSA Member Krossbow on Flickr

 

Happy Tuesday.

Just a reminder: there are no CSA shares next week, meaning that there will be no vegetable pick-up on Tuesday, July 3 or Saturday, July 7. As we shared last week, the most frequently asked question about this skip week is how it will affect those who plan to take double shares either the week before or after. Here's the answer! If you take a double share at your pick up for the June 26/30 harvest, this means you will skip at your pick-up for the July 10/14 shares. And on the flip side of that, if you opt to not pick up at the June 26/30 shares, you can take a double on July 10/14. There will be some u-pick that week -- we'll share details on that next week. If you need further clarification on that, let me know and I'll get you an answer!  Though we won't have shares next week, we will have u-pick. Details are included below. 

And now, here's what you'll find in Week 8 of the CSA:

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 1/2 pounds total peas + onions
  • 1/2 pound beans + Swiss chard
  • 5 1/4 pounds squash + cabbage + cucumbers (max of 1 3/4 pounds cucumber)

On U-Pick this week:

This U-Pick list is good for this week and next week and the week of July 2. Though we won't have shares on July 3 or July 7, you are welcome to come to the farm to u-pick. 

If you want to come and u-pick, you can find a map of the fields and locations at the Wash Station when you arrive at the farm, denoting where to find the fields listed below. Here's what's on offer this week. 

  • New this week: Peas + Beans (beans are a long walk from the wash station) + Zucchini
  • Kholrabi
  • Kale and collards from the D field. 
  • Spicy Mix + other salad greens (spicy mix is a long walk)
  • Swiss chard
  • Radishes + Turnips (these are a very long walk away from the wash station.) 
  • Herbs: Basil. Plus Oregano, onion chives, garlic chives, sage, sorrel, thyme, lemon balm, lavender. And there's now a fair amount of cilantro available! And there's dill now, as well.
  • Any flowers are always fair game.  

We also expect to add cucumbers and yellow summer squash to the u-pick list for next week. 

A preview of what's to come:

When we resume the season on July 10, we expect to have more onions and beans. We expect that tomatoes and peppers will be either the week of July 10 or the week of July 17 (their growth has slowed with the lack of rain). We'll see what shape the salad greens are in in two weeks. We'll also have squash, cabbage, and cucumbers when we're back. 

In the meantime, do you have questions? Comments? 

Leave them here on the blog! 

-- Clay 

 


This Week's Share: Sugar Snap Peas Arrive! And more

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(This photo via TheBittenWord.com

 

Before we get started with this week's share information, I want to flag a few items for you:

First, as we posted on the blog at the end of last week, the farm is looking for a new washing machine. If you have a lead on one, or happen to have an old one that you'd like to donate, please let us know. 

Second, as we do with every CSA season we'll be having a skip week at the beginning of July, with no shares the week of July 2, meaning that there will be no vegetable pick-up on Tuesday, July 3 or Saturday, July 7. The most frequently asked question about this skip week is how it will affect those who plan to take double shares either the week before or after. Here's the answer! If you take a double share at your pick up for the June 26/30 harvest, this means you will skip at your pick-up for the July 10/14 shares. And on the flip side of that, if you opt to not pick up at the June 26/30 shares, you can take a double on July 10/14. There will be some u-pick that week -- we'll share details on that next week. If you need further clarification on that, let me know and I'll get you an answer! 

Third, it's been very dry on the farm. The farmers have been irrigating what can be irrigated, but we expect the dry weather will be reflected in the coming weeks of the shares. So do a little rain dance for the farm -- it needs it! 

And now, here's what you'll find in Week 7 of the CSA:

  • 1 head fresh garlic
  • 1 1/2 pounds total green Provider beans + sugar snap peas (the entire pod is edible) + spicy mix (only take it if you like it "hot") + basil + brocolli
  • A choice of: 1 head Chinese cabbage OR 2 1/4 pound kale (probably the last week of kale in the shares until the Fall), Swiss chard, turnips, radishes
  • 4 pounds total zucchini + cucumbers + bunching onions (this may be the last of the onions) 

Note for picklers: there will be more cucumbers throughout the season. 

On U-Pick this week:

If you want to come and u-pick, you can find a map of the fields and locations at the Wash Station when you arrive at the farm, denoting where to find the fields listed below. Here's what's on offer this week. 

  • New this week: Kholrabi. Some are fibrous, but you can't tell until you cut into them. We recommend you pick a bunch because not all of them that will be good. 
  • Back on the list: strawberries in new fields at E and G2. There aren't many and they aren't worth a trip to the farm just for them, but if you're on the farm and there are some in the field, you're welcome to pick them. 
  • Kale and collards from the D field. 
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Radishes (FYI, these are a very long walk away from the wash station.) 
  • LettuceSpicy MixArugula. See details at the wash station. 
  • Herbs: Basil. Plus Oregano, onion chives, garlic chives, sage, sorrel, thyme, lemon balm, lavender. And there's now a fair amount of cilantro available! And there's dill now, as well.
  • Any flowers are always fair game.  

A preview of what's to come:

  • Regular green and red cabbages will come into the share next week.  
  • Radishes and turnips will continue in the shares for many weeks to come. 
  • The Swiss chard will likely continue through mid-summer, and then will return in the Fall. 
  • Summer squash and cucumbers will be in the shares until October. 
  • With bunching onions leaving us, we expect to have some fresh bulb onions coming up. 

In the meantime, do you have questions? Comments? 

Leave them here on the blog! 

-- Clay 

 


Wanted: washing machine

Our washing machine just died. 

We keep it in one of the greenhouses, and use it twice a week to wash rags (the ones that cover your bins of produce), as well as our stash of gloves for volunteers.  If any of you have a washing machine that you would like to donate, please let us know!   Nothing fancy required. 


This Week's Share: Garlic arrives! Plus Zucchini, Bunching Onions and More

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This photo is from CSA member Rebecca, who took her telescope out to the farm during the Transit of Venus last Tuesday. Her husband held his phone up to the eyepiece and snapped this photo, that shows the sun with clouds floating across, sunspots (black specs), and Venus (small black circle).Thank you for sharing, Rebecca!  

So, are you ready for Week 6?   

First, in case you missed it last week, the farm is looking for a laminating machine that they can use, along with yard signs that can be repurposed to make new u-pick signs. We also need some volunteers to help place sgns. Get the details on the blog!

 

And with that, here's what you'll find in this week's CSA Share:

  • 1 head fresh garlic
  • 3 1/4 pounds combination zucchini + bunching onions
  • 1/2 pound total combination tender greens + Tokyo bekana + bok choy + spicy mix
  • 2 1/2 pounds combination kohlrabi + kale + turnips

 

On U-Pick this week:

If you want to come and u-pick, you can find a map of the fields and locations at the Wash Station when you arrive at the farm, denoting where to find the fields listed below. Here's what's on offer this week. 

  • Kale and collards from the D field. (Lots of both of these still left!)
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Radishes (FYI, these are a very long walk away from the wash station.) 
  • Lettuce (be warned, it's bitter), Spicy MixArugula. See details at the wash station. 
  • Some mulberries are still left! Here's a reminder of how to spot them and what to do with them.
  • Herbs: Basil! Plus Oregano, onion chives, garlic chives, sage, sorrel, thyme, lemon balm, lavender. And there's now a fair amount of cilantro available! And there's dill now, as well.
  • Any flowers are always fair game.  

A preview of what's to come:

  • Sugar snap peas will arrive next week and stick around for about three weeks. 
  • Next week will be the last of the Chinese cabbage, to be followed by regular cabbage. 
  • Strawberries are finished for the season. 

 

In the meantime, do you have questions? Comments? 

Leave them here on the blog! 

-- Clay 

 

 


U-Pick signs

We're on the lookout for the following items:

  • A laminating machine; it doesn't need to make big signs, but they do need to be stiff enough to withstand some rain and wind--flimsy won't work.  (If you have access to one, but don't want to donate it, that's good too!  See below...)
  • Roadside or yard signs made of corrugated plastic.  They often have two little metal legs, and you see them advertising housing developments and politicians.  We would like to re-purpose them as our u-pick signs.  We're hoping to velcro the laminated signs over top of the old message, so we can direct you to your u-pick kale, lettuce, and so forth. We're not suggesting you steal ones that are in use, but if you see some that are no longer needed, please pick them up for us. 
    Yard-signs

We're also looking for one or two people:

  • Someone who likes to u-pick, and wants to help us post signs as needed to make the crops easier to find.  The sign posting is pretty easy!  It just requires some walking around each week to put a few up and take a few down.  If you have access to a laminating machine at home or at work, that could save us from finding one of our own. 

If you've ever tried to u-pick at the farm, you've noticed that it can be hard to find what you're looking for.  Bear with us!  We're know we have a problem, and we admit we need help. 

Thanks!

-Farmer Carrie


What's the Weather Like at the Farm?

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One of the effects of belonging to a CSA like Clagett is that you start noticing the weather more. When it rains, you don't just think, "Oh, I need an umbrella." You think, "This will be good for the zucchini!"

And you may find yourself wondering what exactly the weather is at the farm. Well, now you don't have to: The Clagett Weather Network is now live.

CSA member Lucy wrote in to explain the weather network and to share the above photo.

The device pictured above has been placed in a potato field on the farm, and it serves as a soil moisture/temperature station.

The soil moisture station has sensors at two depths, in two types of locations:

  • 1:  Temperature and moisture at about 8 inches, in a spot with mulch cover
  • 2:  Temperature and moisture at about 18 inches, also in soil with mulch cover.  This location most slowly responds to changing conditions.  The day's rhythm is hardly apparent at all.
  • 3:  Temperature and moisture at about 7 inches, in a spot without mulch cover.  This location most quickly senses changing conditions.  Every day, this record shows the rhythm of the day's temperature.
  • 4:  Temperature and moisture at about 17 inches, also without mulch cover.

You can see the data from the sensors, plus today's highs and lows, as well as the current weather live on the WeatherLink site. And if you're a Clagett superfan and you have an Android or iPhone, there's also a free app available

Amazing! 

-- Clay

 

 

 


This Week's Share: Zucchini, Carrots and Chinese Cabbage

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This photo of the Dupont pick-up was snapped on the day of the first share. We thought those of you who pick up at the farm might like to see what the new pick-up looks like in the city. 

 

Welcome to Week 5!  

Here's what you'll find in this week's CSA Share:

  • 1 head Chinese cabbage (they each weigh about 6 pounds) OR 3 pounds combination of the following: kholrabi OR turnips OR Swiss chard OR kale OR garlic scapes 
  • 2 1/4 pounds total of zucchini + bunching onions (aka scallions or green onions) 
  • 1 pound total of carrots + bok choy
  • 1/4 pound total of spicy mix +  tender greens + basil

 

On U-Pick this week:

If you want to come and u-pick, you can find a map of the fields and locations at the Wash Station when you arrive at the farm, denoting where to find the fields listed below. Here's what's on offer this week. 

  • Strawberries. These will remain on u-pick until they're gone. 
  • Kale and collards from the D field. (Lots of both of these still left!)
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Garlic scapes 
  • Radishes (FYI, these are a very long walk away from the wash station.) 
  • Turnips
  • LettuceSpicy MixArugula. See details at the wash station. 
  • Plenty of mulberries are still left! Here's a reminder of how to spot them and what to do with them.
  • Herbs: Oregano, onion chives, garlic chives, sage, sorrel, thyme, lemon balm, lavender. And there's now a fair amount of cilantro available! And there's dill now, as well.
  • Any flowers are always fair game.  

A preview of what's to come:

  • Next week or the following week, we'll have peas.  Those should be around for about three weeks.
  • No more garlic scapes. This week is the final share that will include them.
  • Next week or the week after, you'll start getting garlic bulbs each week.
  • Everything else we're picking right now will still be around next week, too. 

In the meantime, do you have questions? Comments? 

Leave them here on the blog!