(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.
- Swiss chard
- Radishes (FYI, these are a very long walk away from the wash station.)
- Lettuce, Spicy Mix, Arugula. 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!