Well, today was the day we expected to go out to the field and harvest
very few of our summer crops -- cucumbers, squash, peppers, eggplants,
etc. However, there were still lots of ripe fruit out there! We're
chalking it up to that freak 3 days of hot weather we just got. Which
is great for you, because we're also pulling in fall salad greens,
radishes, turnips, baby fall carrots (nom nom) and taters like it's
our job. We've also been getting LOTS of rain probably just like you,
which is good for plant growth but promotes rot and fungal infections,
which are no good!
One piece of good news, one piece of bad news: our fall napa cabbage
is almost ready for next week! It is my favorite cabbage ever, makes a
great slaw or kraut or steamed or in a soup it's just a lovely
vegetable. We'll have that from here on out every week. The bad news
is that our broccoli crop has been marauded by something called the
Swede Midge, a creature from this day forth we shall refer to as The
Bug That Shall Not Be Named. What it does is eat out the growing tip
of an otherwise healthy broccoli plant (and on broccoli, you EAT the
growing tip) which makes the plant send out abundant side shoots.
We're hoping these result in delicious broccoli raab type florets, but
looks like we won't have the giant broccoli domes we were hoping for.
Ah, well. That's life.
Lots of other great things in the share this week! Fall Asian Greens
are something Kara and I freak out about, putting them on everything
from sandwiches to salads to soups and stir fries. Really, you can do
anything with them, including eating them raw.
Also, tons of basil! Make some pesto for the week's sandwiches, or
sandwich a bunch between fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes for a
Just one more notification that if you haven't paid us in full yet,
please make a check out to Plowbreak Farm and send it along. Thanks!
Also, Chris from Westhaven Farm will have organic peaches, plums and
pluots available at our Thursday pickup -- in quarts for $6.50, $12
for 2, and $16 for 3. They are delicious! Avail yourself of them.
FINALLY -- before I forget: you are all cordially invited to our
harvest party THIS Saturday, September 14th at around 6 pm. Come out
and see the farm, enjoy a potluck dinner with lots of fresh food and
grilling, drink a beer with your friends and neighbors and enjoy one
of the last great summer days. Oh, and bring a hoodie because the
night low is 40 degrees. :) More details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/647066945305246/ (Please park on the
side of the main driveway and walk to the pavilion by the pond, down
the left fork. Kid Friendly!
Without further chatter, our list o' veggies for the week!
Asian Greens -- tat soi, spicy mustard mizuna arugula mix
Beets (big and beautiful!)
Baby Fall Carrots (they'll get bigger, enjoy them as a snack now!)
Tomatoes (probably last week for them, sorry guys!)
Thanks, see you soon!
Aaron and Kara