CSA pick-up #8

Wow!  This week’s share includes the following:

2 pounds of new potatoes
1/2 lb yellow wax beans -OR- 1 lb summer squash (zucchini and/or yellow squash)
2 cucumbers
2 fennel bulbs
1/3 lb bag of mixed cooking greens
1 head of red leaf lettuce
1 bunch of Red Russian or Lacinato kale
1 green garlic
1 bunch of chives
1 bunch of cilantro -OR- dill
1 pint of cherry tomatoes (on-the-farm pick-up CSAers)
1 lb big tomatoes (Portland market CSAers)

The new potatoes this week are a mix of Norland, Mountain Rose, and King Harry (the King Harrys are the white ones; the others are red varieties). The mixed cooking greens are baby Red Russian kale, Swiss chard, sensopai, and red mustard. Cook this mix up any way that you like to cook greens…steamed or, our favorite, a quick spin in the skillet with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and perhaps a dash of soy sauce.

We managed to get enough cherry tomatoes for everyone picking up at the farm today. Hooray for that! For our Portland market folks, we have a pound of mixed heirloom and beefsteak tomats. The big fellas growing in the greenhouse are starting to come in, and we’ll dole them out as we can. I can already tell everyone that this will NOT be a very good tomato year, so really savor what you get! Next year we hope for drier weather and a return to large yields.

Having said that, however, this week’s share is a beast! 11 items for everyone…finally, a proper height-of-the-season bounty! We hope no one feels overwhelmed by all these veggies. We didn’t have 11 items in mind today, but so many things seemed to be coming in that we felt we needed to harvest like mad. I wish they could all be like this, but I have to be a bit of a downer and state that future shares will probably be smaller.

In spite of the return of some “big rain” (we got about 3 or 4 more inches from the weekend’s storms, and our fields are back to mud again), things are generally growing quite well. I’m very pleased with how the cukes and summer squash are doing. We really need to get a handle on our weeds, though, and I worry about catching up to those weeks in June when we weren’t able to get out into the fields to plant. Lettuce and salad mix may be in short supply in the near future. We apologize for that but want everyone to be “in the loop” as far as what we’re able to forecast for the coming weeks. But that’s tomorrow…today, enjoy the hot weather and the tastes of summer: cukes, tomatoes, squash, oh my!

Also, many, many thanks to CSAers Carney Brewer, Heidi Audet, and Heidi’s daughter, Kate, for their help here on the farm Monday morning. We all battled some weeds in the winter squash, and Carney stuck around long enough to help Kate Jones and I harvest the potatoes for this week’s shares. Thank you, thank you! We hope to see more eager weeders this Sunday. Also, if you’re stumped about what to do with your kale this week, try Carney’s amazing kale cakes!

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