CSA Pick-up #7

Is it really almost August?!  Your CSA share this week contains the following:

1 bunch of Red Russian kale or Winterbore green kale
Bag o’ roots (contains 1/2 lb of carrots and 1 lb of beets)
1 head of lettuce
2 lbs of zucchini/summer squash
1 bunch of scallions
4 cucumbers
.6 lb bag of green beans
1 bulb of garlic
1 lb of beefsteak tomatoes
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 bunch of herbs: Choose parsley -OR- basil

Bread shareholders received a loaf of Cornmeal Wheat bread this week, loaded with organic whole wheat flour, organic cornmeal, and local maple syrup from Sweet William in Casco.

Garlic is here!  The garlic you received this week is “green” or undried.  It should be kept in the refridgerator and used within a week or two.  Sonya and the gals harvested the rest of the garlic crop yesterday afternoon and have hung them up in the barn to dry.  Once the heads have cured (this takes a few weeks), they will keep at room temperature for a long time.

Last Thursday, we experienced one of the perks of Sonya’s membership in the MOFGA Journeyperson’s program:  a visit from Eric Sideman, MOFGA’s Organic Crop Specialist, and Andrew Marshall, MOFGA’s Educational Programs Director.  It was a great opportunity to tour the farm with these knowledgable fellows and pick their brains about all sorts of things:  pests, soil health, and much more.  It was also a timely visit, with news that late blight had appeared in Maine coming just a few days before their arrival.  We are blight-free here for now and have decided not to spray for the time being.  We’ve learned that the spread of the disease seems to have less to do with temperature than with humidity.  The blight has appeared on a few farms in the Waldoboro area, and for now, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the less humid days we’ve been experiencing this week will keep the blight spores from spreading very quickly or far.   Eric and Andrew addressed some very specific issues we’ve been having.  An example would be the somewhat stressed state of our greenhouse tomatoes.  We learned that the soil needs some additional nutrients and that we need to finally bite the bullet and install a drip tape irrigation system back there.  Many other questions were answered, too, and we want to thank Eric and Andrew for their insights.  We appreciate their visit and all the advice!

Thanks, too, to Maggie, our recent WWOOFer from Thailand, who left on Saturday.  It was great to meet her and have her help with weeding, harvesting, and much more.  Her enthusiasm and curiousity for the work we do was like a breath of fresh air!  She’s back in New Hampshire for now, then on to do some work at a farm in Vermont before returning to Thailand in a couple of weeks.  Thanks again!

Thanks to the folks who came to our weeding gathering and the potluck afterwards this past Saturday.  It was a gorgeous afternoon/evening, and it was nice to spend it with you all.

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