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Monday, July 21, 2014

Thank you!

A great big thank you to everyone who helped us to bring in the garlic this weekend.  Many hands make light work and we couldn't have accomplished as much as we did without you all.  In lieu of an insightful blog post this week, here are some pictures from the previous week.  

Looking good in the Share room

Looking good in the field too
And looking stunning at home too!
 What's in the share: Lettuce, kale, greens, cabbage, garlic scapes, scallions, zucchini and summer squash, cucumbers, carrots, beets PYO beans, herbs and flowers
What's new this week: Slicing cucumbers, Alisa Craig onions and PYO purple beans and wax beans

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Think Stink: Garlic Harvest this weekend!

“Good things come in small packages” might very well be a quote first spoken about garlic.  To discover such savory pungency contained within such a petite and delicate wrapper is always a source of excitement for me and for many of you as well.  It isn’t only that garlic adds complexity and flavor to so many of our favorite dishes that makes it one of the most beloved crops but also its place in our modern folk lore.  Garlic has traditionally served as an amulet of protection against evil but its role has expanded to become a ward against lesser nuisances such as the common cold, gastric infection and even wrinkles.  I will probably need to eat quite a bit of garlic to erase the lines that sun, worry and time have etched on my face but I’m more than willing to put this myth to the test...for science!  Sorry co-workers and downwind pick your owners.

As the Great Garlic Harest of 2014 approaches we find ourselves asking many important questions.  Will the heads have sized up in the weeks since we harvested their scapes?  Have we avoided the garlic blight that crippled harvests several years ago?  Will Jon Berube top his raw garlic eating record from last season?  Most importantly, will you come out to help us bring in the bounty?  We need volunteers this Saturday (July 19th)  from 9am until noon to help us pull, bunch and hang all of our garlic.  We have jobs for young and old alike and refreshments will be provided to all.  I really hope to see you there.

What’s in the share: Lettuce, cabbage, scallions, garlic scapes, fennel, summer squash, beets, broccoli  PYO flowers, herbs and peas
What’s new: Carrots and Pickling Cukes

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Week 5

I hope everyone has had a lovely long weekend.  The farmer spends these summer days with his gaze turned away from the blue skies, with his back bent and his eyes, stinging with sweat and clouded with dust, fixed on the earth.  It’s easy to miss whole days if we don’t stop every now and then, stand up straight for a moment and breathe it in.  I’ve been feeling especially grateful this weekend for these stolen, reflective moments.
Colorado Potato Bettles being gross.
 The past week we have been mostly directing our energies towards our solanaceous crops.  Tomatoes need trellising, peppers need weeding and eggplant want our help in repelling an invasion of Colorado Potato Beetles.  CPBs feed primarily on potato plants but can eat any member of the solanaceous family.  Eggplant seems to be their meal of choice and with their ability to rapidly multiple CPBs larvae can defoliate entire plantings of Eggplant in a matter of a few weeks.  Colorado Potato Beetles are one of the few pests that we spray for using organically approved Entrust.  Unlike conventional “kill on contact” sprays, Entrust is applied to the plant foliage and only pest insects which consume leaves from these plants are harmed.  To avoid building up a population of tolerant bugs (and because Entrust is wicked expensive) we still end up hand picking and squishing a lot of these ugly little guys.  It’s like Starship Troopers out there.  My crew will be having nightmares for weeks.

On July 19th, just a little under two weeks from now, we will be hosting our annual Garlic Harvest volunteer day.  Come get stinky with us as we bring in and string up this year’s garlic.  If you just can’t wait for the 19th to volunteer, come join us this Saturday in the pick your own fields to help us weed.  We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these events.  Hope you can make it!     
In the share: Lettuce, greens, cabbage, broccoli, radishes,  scallions, fennel, PYO peas, flowers and herbs
New this week:  Beets and garlic scapes

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Farewell to Strawbs

Strawberry season is always too brief and it is always sad to see it pass.  I know it isn't possible to get your fill of berries but I hope that everyone enjoyed them while they lasted.  While nothing can completely fill the void left by strawberry season we can all take solace in the arrival of broccoli and cabbage this week.  Some might call this cole comfort but I slaw this as an excellent opportunity for word play. 

Bad puns aside, this should be an exciting week in the share room with lots of new variety to choose from.  See you in the fields!

What's in the Share: Lettuce, Greens, Kale, Radishes, Scallions PYO herbs, PYO peas, PYO flowers
What's new this week: Broccoli, Cabbage, Fennel, PYO Basil

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Week 3

Happy summer everyone!  Next week we will be hosting another Weed and Feed session on Saturday morning between 9am and noon.  Please come and join us as we learn about wild edibles in the field and improve our pick your own fields at the same time.  

With all of the warm, dry weather we have been having the last couple of weeks it is once again time to think about irrigation.  The annual wrestling match between farmer and the bent and buckled aluminum pipe will once again decide whether our plants thrive or wither.  My confidence is high that we will triumph once again.    

Our tomatoes are entering their awkward adolescence.  They have begun to grow long and leggy and without proper structure they will likely turn out rotten.   To keep our tomatoes on the straight and narrow we will begin a regiment of trellising as soon as possible.

Squash are in blossom, broccoli is just beginning to bud and cabbage is starting to head up.  All welcome signs of early summer.  Look for these and many more favorites in the coming weeks.

What’s in the share: Lettuce, Salanova salad mix, kale, kohlrabi, choi, scallions and assorted greens, PYO herbs, PYO strawberries, PYO flowers
New this week: Shunkyo radishes, Salad turnips, PYO peas, PYO snap dragons