CSA pick-up #11

This week’s share includes the following:

2 pounds of potatoes
3 cucumbers
1 lb zucchini and/or yellow summer squash
1 bunch of carrots
1 kohlrabi
1 green bell pepper
1 bunch of onions
1 head of garlic
1 bunch of cilantro
1 bunch of herbs: choose sage, mint, or thyme
1 pint of cherry tomatoes -OR- 1 lb large tomatoes (for full share members only)

The potatoes this week are Carolas, our favorite variety…smooth, yellow, buttery goodness! The wee onions today are either Ailsa Craig sweet onions or red onions. Once again, we’re looking at a pretty disappointing onion year, though we’re happy to have “small” rather than “none”. Onions are one of the first seeds to be sown in late winter (we get ours going around March 1st), and last year at that time, we didn’t yet have our greenhouse completed. We started the onions inside our house and kept them on our sun porch during the day for a couple of months until the construction was done. Needless to say, the seedlings were not as hardy as we would have liked, but we were optimistic that they’d recover once they were transplanted out into the field. Alas, within a week of going outside they were hit by a hard frost followed a few days later by a torrential downpour (the first of many that year, as it turned out). The little onions just couldn’t handle it and all but disappeared. I think later that summer we found about three onions out there…that was it. This year, the transplants looked great, but that darn June weather just stunted the onions; we also suspect that the beds where we planted them may have needed more fertility (via manure or organic fertilizer) than we’d anticipated. We’ll try again next year and keep our fingers crossed. On the brighter side, a large portion of one of the beds is devoted to leeks, and THOSE are looking pretty nice!

I’m sorry to report that our sad excuse for a tomato “season” is winding down, folks. The cherry tomato plants are looking pretty spent, plus we’re having a problem with our Supersweet 100s that I’ve never seen with cherries before: sunburn. It’s not an altogether uncommon thing with the big tomatoes: the tops get too much sun and turn a yellowish color, and the flesh underneath becomes white and tough. This spring, the sun was so elusive that our plants became very spindly, reaching up rather than bushing out. This lack of foliage has resulted in sunburned cherries! Just the red Supersweets, though…the orange Sungolds seem unaffected. This combined with a decrease in production means that this may very well be the last week for cherry tomatoes. The bigs may last a bit longer, but the bell is tolling for them, too.

To state the very obvious: it’s hot!! This hot weather has been great for those veggies who love it. The cukes, zukes, and yellow squash are still producing like crazy, and we’re starting to see some peppers, too. We’re continuing our aggressive planting strategy, and this week we got more lettuce, brassicas, Napa cabbage, radishes, and beets into the ground.

Thanks once again to Miss River Foss for some help at the end of last week with weeding and potato harvesting!

Everybody stay cool!

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One Response to CSA pick-up #11

  1. Sonya says:

    Hey all,

    Your carrot tops are edible too! Braise them with a little balsamic vinegar and add to your cooked carrots. They aren’t my favorite, but it is said that eating the entire vegetable is extremely good for you.

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