Because of the Fourth of July holiday on Friday, we will offer a Thursday or Friday evening pick-up this week. You can pick up 5 and 8 p.m. either night.
The farm sustained some damage from last week’s storm. We went out that evening to take a look and everything was laying at a 45 degree angle. The hail had pummeled the plants, tore through leaves and dented the stems and the fruit. I cried a bit and then put things into perspective. Our house was undamaged, our cars were undamaged and all my friends and family were okay. I shouldn’t spend more time crying over broken plants when people had trees through their roofs.
With a better outlook we went out again on Sunday and the plants had already started to right themselves. We, with the help of two volunteers (Jill and Trilety), spent the entire morning cutting off broken stems, damaged fruit and restaking some things. After that morning, I felt a lot better.
Tonight we were back at the farm assessing what will be ready for this week’s harvest. Plants are funny things. They like water but not too much. They like heat but we haven’t had any real consistent heat yet. They don’t like hail or flooding and long dry spells aren’t great either. This spring/early summer has been all over the place, weather-wise. That means that vegetables I thought we might have by now aren’t ready yet. So here’s what to expect when you pick-up your bag this week.
Beets – the red ones are called Chioggia and the orange ones are Burpee’s Golden. Cut open the red ones…they look like peppermint patties.
Wild Garlic – some consider this a weed but it’s too tasty to be ignored. The bulbs are a bit on the small side but you can use more than just the bulb. Dice and use like you would regular garlic (will be milder).
Cucumbers, basil or peas – we don’t have enough for everyone but we will harvest all that’s ready and divide it between all the subscribers. I will keep notes on what you receive and what you didn’t and make up for it later in the year.
A few more comments regarding the farm…we have peppers that are ripening and with any luck, you’ll be seeing those soon. The eggplants are flowering and setting fruit too. The summer squash seem to be taking their sweet time growing but I suspect they will explode soon. We are having some trouble losing some cucumber and melon plants and I don’t know why. Could just be wind and hail damage that they can’t recover from.
My friend and CSA subscriber, Jill Wells, will be contributing a “veggie tale” for inclusion with our weekly newsletters. Enjoy!
eggplant hail damage wind-blown potatoes
greenhouse after the storm