CSA pick-up #12

This week’s share includes the following:

2 pounds of potatoes
4 cucumbers
1 lb zucchini and/or yellow summer squash
1 bunch of carrots
1 kohlrabi
1/3 lb bag of baby Red Russian kale -OR- baby Swiss chard
1 hot pepper
1/2 lb bag of onions
2 heads of garlic
1 bunch of basil
1 bunch of herbs: choose sage, parsley, rosemary, or thyme
1 pint of cherry tomatoes -OR- 1 lb large tomatoes (for full share members only)

The potatoes this week are a mix of Carola and All Blue varieties. Imagine the shock when you serve the kids purple mashed potatoes! Fun with food! Your bag of wee onions must be refrigerated. We harvested all of the onions last week and, like garlic, it takes some time for them to cure. The hot pepper options are red jalapenos or various shades of Hungarian hot wax peppers, which are a bit milder than the jalapenos. Remember to be careful when handling the seeds and inner membranes of these peppers…wash your hands thoroughly after preparation, or wear gloves.

It can be hard to remember how challenging this season has been, especially considering how hot and humid and summer-y the weather has been these past couple of weeks. For now, we have plenty of taters in the ground, and the cukes and summer squash are still producing like crazy. However, we’ve passed the halfway mark for our potato harvesting, and the cukes, etc. won’t produce forever. I’ve mentioned in the last 2 or 3 CSA pick-up posts that we’ve been doing a lot of planting, and that’s true. However, we may be facing a lag very soon as some veggies (or some plantings of certain veggies) stop their summer roll and before our latest plantings get going. So, the next few pick-ups may be on the small side. I know I sound like a broken record here with the doom-and-gloom predictions for smaller shares, but I want to keep saying it so everyone is aware that it may turn out that way. And if the shares keep on being decent-sized, then I’ll very happily be wrong!

Sonya and I want to give a very big shout-out this week to a couple of wonderful and helpful young men who’ve been staying with us: Emlyn and Isaiah Jones! These are two of Kate’s younger brothers who came up from North Carolina this weekend to see where their sis has been living and what she’s been up to. They’ve been a tremendous help here the past couple of days, chipping in to harvest your carrots and potatoes on Monday, helping to harvest everything else this morning, and helping with general weeding around the farm as I type this. Many thanks, fellas! Oh, and neither had ever had lobster until last night…they were a hit! Here’s a couple of photos showing 1/3 of the Jones siblings going after the weeds in one of our basil patches:

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