Week 3

What a weekend. We hope you are all safe, and haven’t sustained too much damage to your homes. Such a reminder of the sheer force of nature, and our vulnerability in it all. We feel so fortunate to be safe and without damage do our houses or farms, and our hearts are with those who are dealing with wreckage.

That said, these crazy rains, with heat in between, have made our plants go crazy. The peas are finally popping off the vine (U-pick sugar snap peas this week!), the tomatoes are strong and green, and even our slow pepper and eggplants are starting to grow. It’s summer! We could do with some gentler rain rather than these violent storms, but no complaints here this week.

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It was a week of long days, settling into the summer rhythm of crop upkeep. The constant beating back of weeds (get away from our onions!), hilling potatoes, pounding stakes and starting to tie tomatoes. We had an incredible group of 30 volunteers out from the Macalester College Advancement Department on Wednesday, and they helped us bust out a day’s worth of work in just a few hours. Carrots weeded, check. Mulch flipped, check. Thank you!

The harvest has been staggering this week- hundreds of pounds of greens rolling out of the fields. We have lots of extra that’s still fresh in the cooler- if you know of any restaurants in need of greens, let us know.

We’re hoping to give everyone a taste of kohlrabi or Napa cabbage this week- it’s a bit dependent on how warm it is today and tomorrow, but cross your fingers! Here’s what you’re in store for this week:

  • Salad Mix
  • Arugula
  • Radishes
  • Salad Turnips
  • Napa Cabbage and/or Kohlrabi
  • Bok Choi or Braising Mix
  • U-pick peas and herbs

Next week should bring scallions and the return of kale, collards, and chard (they need a little break from picking).

And here’s a recipe for the precious peas you should be able to pick this week:

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/06/bowties-with-sugar-snaps-lemon-and-ricotta/

Have a lovely day!

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