Friday, July 30, 2010

Week 10 Delivery

Week 10

In the box:

Fresh Garlic
Orient Express Eggplant
Jalapeño Peppers
Green Top Carrots
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Yellow Zucchini
Zephyr Squash
Patty Pan Squash
Green Beans
Rainbow Chard
Collard Greens and Dino Kale (a mixed bunch, coming back from cabbage worm trauma)
Broccoli or Cauliflower (one or the other or a little bit of both)
Thai Basil

Fresh Garlic is here!! We will be giving 1-2 heads per week, hopefully through most of the rest of the season. If you share a box with others, you may want to alternate. We will begin drying it tomorrow, so it will transition from “fresh” to “cured”. It is good and we are so happy with the size of the cloves, we hope you are too.

You are getting a taste of what is to come with eggplant. It is the most beautiful plant in our garden and we love watching it grow and produce. If you are afraid of eggplant, please try it on the grill, sautéed in a stir fry with Thai basil, or marinated with tomato sauce and cheese. It is delightful and our children even love it. Recipes next week as more comes in and you are trying to figure out what to do with it.

The peppers are beginning to ripen and we hope to be sending at least the mini bell peppers next week. The heirloom tomatoes tease us all summer and are starting to turn, so look for the beginnings of them and some cherry tomatoes (the ones we can save from our kids) next week as well. Melons in the field are growing and looking close to done, we are hoping for some musk, cantaloupe, and small water melons within the next 1-3 weeks. More sweet corn soon, too.

We have been blessed with warm weather and enough rain to keep everything happy. Last summer we watered until our pump overheated and this year we have had to water only once. Last year we had one severe weather warning that amounted to nothing, this year we have had at least one every week since June, 70 mph wind, and two hail storms. It is amazing what can change year to year and as I learn the ropes of farming I understand more and more how much we are at the mercy and the blessing of that Mother Nature hands out.

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