Feeds:
Posts
Comments

And just like that we reached the end. Our best season ever! Even though a good friend said to me I say that every year….it is nice to say that every season gets stronger and stronger. Thank you for all the returned surveys. The feedback is very helpful in planning the coming year. We had no idea that so many love and this year miss the ginger. We grew it for 3 seasons with hohum results and given the cost of the organic seed stock elected to not grow it this season. We may reconsider now that so many of you mentioned it. Also…seedless watermelon….hmmmm. The flavor is not as sweet but so many of you asked-and said it would be preferred. We will keep making note of all the feedback and plan for the upcoming 2021 season. Our reflections on this year. The garden was strong all season long. The cucumbers were abundant-almost too abundant. We finally got our rotations down…. Best onion and garlic harvests we have ever had. The sugar snap peas were great but the heat sure shortened the season. Our tomato harvest was another “best ever” and hoop 2 provided fantastic spinach and carrots. We need to grow even more carrots….2 additional rotations this year over past seasons but it would be good for even more. We had tons of baby cabbage! And it seems most of you love fresh lettuce every week and we will continue this in the future. We have never missed a week yet of fresh leafy greens….The disappointment was broccoli. We had it but not as much as we wanted. Not sure if it was where we planted in the garden or maybe just bad timing. The eggplant too did not do as well as past seasons-even though it is considered an “extra” we wanted more. We all did great with the open air pick up routine and only had that 1 HUGE! rainstorm to deal with….but we survived. We miss our extra/take it or leave it table and the inside routine too but we all made the best of the situation in the world these days. We decided early on to only have a positive attitude about whatever this crazy year was going to throw at us….Good Food and a smiling face makes everything better! Future bonus shares to come! Happy Autumn to all of you.

#18

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-head lettuce, spinach, pac choi, carrots, baby cabbage, brussels sprouts, ornamental pumpkin of your choosing, squash, red norland potatoes, fingerling potatoes (full only), radishes, beans (full only), and purple carrots (full only), honey!

Head Lettuce-We harvested romaine and a cute many bicolor this week from hoop 1. Both are in all shares…

After the lettuce harvest we quickly replanted hoop 1 for future Fall lettuce harvest.

Spinach-Another great harvest. Thick, juicy leaves….

And another peek at our baby spinach experiment.

Pac choi-delicious in broth! Or we love the crunchy texture in salads.

Carrots-A great harvest from hoop 2 and 1 more row is still out there!

Baby cabbage-little sweet heads. Great in a stir fry or slaw. Or add to tacos!

Brussels sprouts-the plants are sooooo tall. We snuck some more off the bottoms. Enjoy this autumn treat!

Ornamental Pumpkin-Choose your own they are ready in the driveway! We had a blast filling the bed of the truck every night this week! Thank you John Raupp and the Raupp family for the amazing pumpkin patch on the family farm. We are grateful!

Squash-Acorns in all the snack packs…a new variety called starry night in all the full shares (a speckled acorn) and sweet delicata in the full shares too.

Potatoes-Scott got them all out! Red norlands in all shares and fingerlings in the full shares too.

Radishes-1st pick from a long row in hoop 2.

Beans-Now here is a surprise! Enough for full share.

Purple carrots (full only)-An experiment….Not sure of the oddball shape but rich earthy taste. I am going to make purple carrot soup.

Honey-Backyard honey from our 2 hives. Enjoy!

#17 September 17

It seems Autumn has arrived….

We focus on clean up these days. A little bit every day. The cucumber trellises are down and a few rows of cabbage stumps pulled. An odd feeling to see the space open up. We had our 1st big visit to the squash and pumpkin patch. Just beautiful. With more to come. We keep seeding in the leafy greens in Hoop 1 as lettuce grows thick and juicy this time of year and we will roll along as long as weather permits.

VERY hard to believe that next week is the final share of the regular CSA season. Honestly the best season we have ever had and honestly it zipped by in a blur. We will offer many “bonus shares” in the weeks to come! So much Autumn bounty. My favorite time of year. Details next week and also our personal reflections on the 2020 season.

#17 WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-head lettuce, spinach!, potatoes, carnival squash, heirloom “aunt thelma” squash (full only), italian fry pepper, onions, garlic, beans (snack only), sunflower bouquet, fennel (full only), golden beets (full only)

Head lettuce-fantastic heads of super sweet head lettuce.

Spinach-over a 1/2 pound in Snack and just over 1 pound Full Share. 1st Autumn harvest out of Hoop 2.

And a peek at our baby spinach experiment…looking good.

Potatoes-Well, they are all almost out of the field. This week- either red norlands, a delicious russet that is fantastic fried or grilled, or our favorite mini upstates that we steam or boil.

Carnival Squash-Squash season has begun! Long storage life and super sweet flavor.

Aunt Thelma (Full only)- an heirloom. Sweet and tastes like a sweet potato.

Italian fry pepper-our favorite pepper. Sweet and delicious raw.

Onions-storage onions…several in every share.

Garlic-Best garlic year ever! 3 heads in every share. Enjoy!

Beans (snack only)-a mix of green and yellow The final pick of the season.

Sunflower Bouquet-And again! Enjoy the beauty.

Fennel-(full only) great grilled, shaved in a slaw or perfect with beets!

Golden Heirloom Beets (full only)-so pretty when roasted and we love them with roasted fennel.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-FINAL SHARE….HONEY, LETTUCE, PAC CHOI, SPINACH, CABBAGE, POTATOES, SQUASH, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, CARROTS, ORNAMENTAL PUMPKIN(S), AND MORE…..

#16 September 10th

A chilly wet week for us….slower pace, long johns and layers to stay warm and dry. The work days much shorter and it feels like Autumn. We just about have all the potatoes out of the ground and we will start hauling delicious squash from the field next week. The ornamental oddball pumpkins look amazing!!! We are thrilled and a HUGE! thanks to John Raupp (my super hero) who makes all this possible for us. Tomatoes are done and I think I picked my last zucchini this morning. Slowly garden clean up will begin when it drys up a bit out there. A sure sign of Autumn….shade clothes off the hoop houses.

1st spinach pick will be next week…another sure sign of Autumn. Great germination of our experimental baby spinach crop.

2 weeks to go of our best season ever! What a bounty all season long. Survey in the shares this week….please take some time to let us know your thoughts of this summer and return by end of season. We will share our thoughts of this season in final post.

#16 WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-head lettuce, leeks, potatoes, heirloom pointy cabbage, sweet pepper medley, green/yellow bean mix, brussels sprouts, sunflower bouquets and survey

Head lettuce-a delicious sweet summer crunch-crisp and juicy in this chilly weather.

Leeks-We harvested all the leeks this week (2 varieties). Perfect for a hash or potato leek soup.

Potatoes-We harvested 2 dry varieties this week that are perfect for frying or potato leek soup. Rose gold in snack pack and german butterball in full share.

Heirloom pointy cabbage-A mini variety that is sweet and delicious. Great for a slaw, fresh eating, grilled or steamed.

Sweet pepper medley-A mix of ONLY sweet peppers in all the shares-lunchbox, baby bells, shishito.

Green and yellow bean mix-An end of season treat! This was our “hail mary” planting….sometimes they do not mature this late in the season due to day length and temperatures. We were lucky! Enjoy.

Brussels Sprouts! -We snuck a few off the bottom of all the plants for a first taste of this end of season treat.

Zucchini (Full Only)-3 in every full share and this is the end! We picked the last one this morning.

Sunflower bouquets-Another treat! Pretty sunflowers and perfect timing to brighten our week!

2020 end of season Survey-Let us know what you thought of the season…

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-HEAD LETTUCE, POTATOES, SQUASH!, PEPPERS, ONIONS, GARLIC, SPINACH?, CARROTS, HONEY! AND MORE….

#15 September 3rd

And just like that we transitioned to Autumn. Dark chilly mornings, dewy cobwebs in our path and caps on our heads. School starts in a not so normal way but we move forward with hope and optimism….Days are shorter and the workload eases a bit and we have the fun of inspecting the pumpkin and squash patch. My favorite time of year.

We may be nearing the end of tomatoes and the cucumbers are done…but our last rotations of beans kicked in this week and we continue to transplant lettuce into hoop 1 and pull carrots from hoop 2.

Hoop 1 fully planted with leafy greens…

#15

Full Share

Snack Pack

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE….HEAD LETTUCE, ZUCCHINI, GREEN AND YELLOW BEAN MIX, CHERRY TOMATOES, SLICE TOMATOES, CARROTS, CHINESE CABBAGE, STORAGE ONIONS, CORN!, SWEET ITALIAN PEPPERS, AND BROCCOLI SIDE SHOOTS (FULL ONLY)

Head lettuce-we picked 3 different varieties this week and mixed it up a bit. 1 or more in every share..

Zucchini-With the shorter days and cooler temperatures the zucchini patch is slowing down…2 in every share.

Morning pick from 2nd rotation.

Beans!-yellow and green mixed. We are thrilled.

Cherry Tomatoes-We are near the end of this taste of summer. The texture changes with the cool nights and not as sweet. Savor.

Cherry tomatoes after a rinse…the variety “blueberry” has a star on top!

Slice tomato-We may have picked the last of these beauties this morning too….

Carrots! Sweet and crunchy. A great harvest from hoop 2.

Fantastic crunch to these beautul carrots.

Chinese Cabbage-A fun mini variety…makes a great slaw. And delicious in a fresh salad.

Chinese Cabbage at harvest.

Storage onions-These are the 1st of the storage onions….picked some time ago and curing in the shed. Long shelf life.

Corn!-HUGE! Surprise from Cousin John. 4+ inches of much needed rain and some warm temperatures and….magic! Delicious sweet corn to end the season.

Italian fry peppers-the start of these beauties-my favorite.

Broccoli Side Shoots-(Full only)-We had a nice harvest of the side shoots this week in the broccoli rows…

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-BRUSSELS SPROUTS!!!! TONS!!!!, HEAD LETTUCE, ASSORTED PEPPERS, LEEKS, FENNEL, POTATOES, TOMATOES? AND MORE….

 

A happy HOT! week of progress.  We are trying something new this season.  We seeded in loooooooong rows of spinach seed directly into hoop 2.  Tight rows densely seeded in.  We are going to try for the perfect baby spinach.  We read up on it last winter and thought we would give it a shot.  So, 2 huge rows are transplanted with 1000+ spinach transplants (as usual) and then we did 5 tight rows of direct seeding to see what happens.  We are excited to see the results.

IMG_4876

Our usual transplanted spinach…and to the right in this image the directly seeded spinach.  I’ll take a picture when it germinates.

We had a great carrot harvest this weeks and also transplanted out long beds of radishes for Fall harvest.  This may be the end of the cucumbers for us.  What a great run!  Congratulations to all for eating more cucumbers this season than ever before….holy cow we were blown away by the volume.  And also very surprised that the 1st rotation kept producing all season long.

IMG_5401

Another great carrot harvest.

Several cabbage rotations are coming in from the garden and the tomatoes have hit their peak we think.  Colors are turning in the garden and the mornings are dark.  It feels like Autumn is around the corner even though it is blazing HOT!

Irrigation runs around the clock these days….the rain has always missed us.  Maybe today.  We are hopeful.

#14

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-HEAD LETTUCE (2 VARIETIES), EDAMAME, CUCUMBERS, SWEET LUNCHBOX PEPPERS (SNACK ONLY), BABY GREEN BELL PEPPERS (FULL ONLY), SLICE TOMATOES, CHERRY TOMATOES, ZUCCHINI, RED NORLAND POTATOES, MINI UPSTATE POTATOES (FULL ONLY), BABY CABBAGES, GREEN BEANS (FULL ONLY), GARLIC

IMG_4932

FULL SHARE

IMG_4927

SNACK PACK

Head Lettuce (2 varieties)- Beautiful! lettuce this week.  We are thrilled.  2 varieties in every share….

Edamame-A summer treat.  Quickly steam in salty hot water, drain, cool slightly salt again and pop from the pods and eat.

IMG_4861

Scott bringing up the monster edamame crop up from the garden….

IMG_5432

Jennifer sitting with the haul a very long time and removing the pods from the stalks.  

Cucumbers-This may be the end….I picked them big again just for fun.

Sweet Lunchbox Peppers (snack only)-These are sweet!  Delicious raw and in salads.

IMG_4893

All weighed out and ready for the shares.

Baby green Bell peppers-(full only) Another harvest of these little gems…

IMG_4896

Baby Bells!

Slice tomatoes-HUGE! harvests again this week.  Our best tomato year in a very long time.

IMG_4817

IMG_4898

So pretty.

Cherry tomatoes-The perfect snackers and also fantastic roasted in the oven.

IMG_4913

Full share double pints again this week!

IMG_4869

A pretty variety called blueberry that turn deep pumpkin orange when ripe.

Zucchini-The 2nd rotation is carrying us now.  Morning daily harvests of 30-35.

IMG_4905

Zucchini double in size in 1 day.

Red norland-We are working hard on getting all the potatoes out of the ground.  Not an easy job in this heat.  2 rows out this week…..red norland and the cute little white mini guys.

CVMV1837

Delicious white mini potatoes ready to be picked up.

Baby cabbages-We love to grow these….perfectly sized for a meal-the best sweet slaw and they are fantastic sliced and grilled.

IMG_3493

Morning harvest.

garlic-A great garlic year for us….plenty for us to enjoy.

Green Beans-(full only) This was a surprise yesterday!  We thought we had a week…more to come-picked enough for full share.

IMG_4879

A surprise when we checked the plants yesterday!

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-head lettuce, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, green beans, tomatoes and more…..

 

 

#13 August 20th

We rocked it this week…!  HUGE! tomato harvests,  spaghetti squash and a carrot rotation for a future share all came up from the garden…fantastic cucumbers and summer squash from the 2nd rotation-high volume of produce to haul and process but we are thrilled.  We sleep well at night and the garden is a bit shaggy around the edges right now but all good.

IMG_5413

Empty crates from the daily harvest.  Headed back to the garden.

1000 spinach transplants went in hoop 2 and we transplanted a ton of Fall lettuce into hoop 1.

IMG_5392

Lettuce transplants hoop 1.

Final crops going in the week and it sure does feel like Autumn with the cool dewy mornings.

#13

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-HEAD LETTUCE (SNACK ONLY) MINI ASIAN MIX (FULL ONLY), ARUGULA, CUCUMBERS, ZUCCHINI, BROCCOLI (SNACK ONLY), PURPLE FILET BEANS (FULL ONLY), CHERRY TOMATOES, SLICE TOMATOES, SPAGHETTI SQUASH, ONIONS, SHISHITO PEPPERS (SNACK ONLY), BABY BELLS, BANANA, EROS SWEET PEPPERS (FULL ONLY)

IMG_4816

FULL SHARE

IMG_4812

SNACK PACK

Head lettuce (snack only)-A beautiful dark tricolor…sweet flavor.  Perfect summer lettuce.

IMG_4794

Lettuce in the morning sun.

Mini Asian Mix (Full Only)  LOVE! this mix.  Enjoy as a fresh salad or saute.  It is fantastic with a bit of garlic and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

IMG_4767

Asian mix ready to harvest.

IMG_4770

Beautiful!

Arugula-zippy peppery flavor.  Spicy.  Add to salads or lightly wilted.

IMG_4766

Arugula in hoop 1 ready to harvest.

IMG_4809

Arugula triple rinsed and ready to weigh out for shares.

Cucumbers-We had a member request…big old fashioned cucumbers-so I kept myself out out of the patch for a day and we grew some big guys on the vines.  Instead of daily harvest we went to every other day just for something different this week.  My Grandpa Lang always harvested big cucumbers.  Grandma then prepared them sliced with vinegar, sour cream, mayo and TONS! of onions.  A summer staple in their home.

IMG_4625

BIG Guys…..

Broccoli-(snack only)-Side shoot bounty…we are thrilled with side shoot production this week.  Enjoy!

Cherry tomatoes-HUGE! Harvest  Pint in Snack double pint in Full.

IMG_3152

Beauties….

Slice tomatoes-I think they have peeked this week.  TONS! Enjoy the bounty.

Spaghetti Squash-We harvested the tan beauties this week-snack pack…and the orange guys in full share.

IMG_4761

Scott harvesting the spaghetti squash…planted between the amaranth.  We plant it because it is pretty…and the birds like it too.

Onions-Yes finally the last week!  We have had the best onion crop EVER!

Peppers- Shishito (snack)/baby bells,banana, and eros (full)-pepper season has begun.  We NEVER put hot peppers in our share.  Hot peppers will be an “extra” and we will ask if you would like them.  Shishito are a delicious thin walled japanese pepper.  kinda green pepper flavor.  VERY mild.  baby bells, banana and petty eros in full share are all sweet too.

IMG_4802

shishito peppers…

IMG_4806

Cute little eros peppers…

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK….BABY CABBAGE, HEAD LETTUCE, PEPPERS, TOMATOES, GARLIC, POTATOES, SUMMER SQUASH AND MORE….

 

A bit of a delay as HUGE! harvests fill our mornings…all good and we are grateful for the bounty.

As usual for this time of year the week zipped by.  We are thrilled with the tomato bounty.  Our big goal was to grow some decent beets and we did-finally!  We have not excelleled in this area in the past.  It feels good to have a great harvest.

IMG_5295

Beets!

We did plant a final broccoli crop-just to see if it makes it.  A late variety that we have harvested in the snow in past year.  We will see.  Always fun to try.

Peppers are coloring up. We had to do some selective thinning on the italian fry peppers as there are tons on the plants and they are crowding themselves out.  Green fry peppers went in the full shares this week.

A big cabbage harvest is in front of us this coming week and the tomatoes too are strong.

CSA #12

IMG_4725.jpg

Full Share..

IMG_4721 (1).jpg

Snack Pack.

what is in your share…head lettuce, cucumbers, leeks, potatoes, zucchini, kohlrabi, beets! carrots, watermelon, slice tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and green italian fry peppers (full only).

Head lettuce-a pretty head from hoop 1 this week.  Sweet juicy leaves.

IMG_4657

This week’s lettuce harvest in the morning sun.

Cucumbers-I thought we would quit picking the 1st rotation weeks ago…they keep producing.  BUT, I can see a slowdown the last few days with the shortened day length.  I love picking the cucumbers small with a tiny seed cavity.  Just delicious.

IMG_4679

It is still beautiful to me to find cucumbers on the vine…even after I have picked millions of these rascals this season,

IMG_4625

Daily cucumber pick.

Leeks!-I love leeks!  This is a early season leek variety.  We start these seeds in February.

IMG_4665

Hand forking the leeks…

IMG_5383

Carrying up to be cleaning.

IMG_4668

Nice sit down afternoon job…leek cleaning.

IMG_4683

triple rinse….

IMG_4713

and bundle…

Potatoes-OF COURSE we had to include flaky dry superior potatoes with the leeks.

Zucchini-2nd rotation is taking over this week…this should be the last week we pick out of the 1st patch.

Kohlrabi-This is a cool german jumbo variety.  No woodiness at all…shave it in salads or fantastic in coleslaw….

IMG_4191

Jumbo kohlrabi.

 

Beets-As mentioned earlier…we really wanted a good beet harvest and here it is!  Enjoy!

IMG_4409

Pretty Gems after a rinse.

Carrots-We are thrilled with the carrot harvest.  Nothing better than “real carrots”

IMG_4321

Hoop 2 we love you!  3 more rotations of carrots in there for us to enjoy.

Watermelon-this is the final week of watermelon from the patch.  A sweet harvest.  Remember last year we lost the crop early to disease.  Great to have a fantastic harvest. Watermelon is summer to us.

Tomatoes-HUGE! harvests every other day and we are thrilled.

IMG_3581

A bounty!

Cherry tomatoes-The perfect snack.  We love the deep brown ones best called “brown berry”.

IMG_E4698

Cherry Tomato Washer.

IMG_E4702

IMG_4700

IMG_E4701

Keeping it fun….

Green Italian Fry Peppers (full only)- more to come….

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-CABBAGE, TOMATO, CHERRY TOMATO, LETTUCE, ARUGULA, ZUCCHINI, PEPPERS, SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND MORE….

 

 

 

 

 

Well, after a quick check on Friday night in the watermelon patch we realized that Saturday was the happy day of the harvest!  What a delicious bounty and we got our square!

IMG_4451

The evening watermelon check…they are ready!

IMG_4512 (1)

We had a bit of trouble releasing it from the mold and had to drip vegetable oil down the sides and it slipped right out.

IMG_4514

Our square watermelon all polished up.

Our week zipped by again….huge tomato harvests and potato harvests too.  We are blown away with the cucumber crop this year.  We must have got our timing right on the rotations as they are fantastic this year.  Daily picks down the long trellis rows.

IMG_4448

1/2 the cucumber trellis row.

IMG_5314

My morning routine….cucumber harvest.

The cooler mornings are here….and it feels bit like Autumn…days will transition.  No more in the garden by 5:30 a.m.-it’s too dark!  Colors change and the harvest too.

IMG_4474

This looks like Autumn!  Orange spaghetti squash.  We harvested these beauties this week.  They need to cure for a bit but then will make their way into the shares along with the traditional tan ones.

CSA #11

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE

Dark head lettuce or lovelock lettuce, baby bell peppers, fantastic little potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, Slice tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, sweet onions, broccoli, purple filet beans (full only) and watermelon!

IMG_4615

Full Share.

IMG_4611

Snack Pack.

Dark head lettuce and Lovelock-Beautiful and delicious head lettuce from hoop 1 this week.  We picked 3 varieties.

IMG_4527

This week’s pretty lettuce.

IMG_4525

Ready to harvest.

IMG_4521

Beautiful!

IMG_4589

Lovelock.

Baby Bell Peppers-Pepper season is just starting….these little gems are a fun way to kick off the pepper bonanza.  Several in every share.

Little potatoes-A new favorite!  Dry and flaky.  Great steamed, grilled or boiled.  We trialed 5 pounds of these little marvels last year and loved them…this year we put 25 pounds of seed potatoes in the ground.  They are fantastic.

IMG_5341

This week’s potato harvest.

IMG_4498

Potato Digger in action…Cousin John at the wheel.

IMG_4399.jpg

They look like little marbles all clustered together….

Cucumbers-Can you believe it…a bounty again.  American, European and Asian in the shares.

IMG_4603

Morning Cucumber harvest.

Zucchini-We started the harvest off the 2nd rotation this week.  45 Zucchini a day.  This is the morning routine…. zucchini pick so they are nice and small.  Perfect raw in salads or we love them grilled.

IMG_4594

Zucchini at the 2nd rotation row.

Sweet Onions-long storage life in the refrigerator.  Best season ever for us.  We planted 3 varieties.

Slice tomatoes-Tomato season is here!  A bounty in every share.  They have not even peaked yet.

IMG_4567

 

IMG_4574

IMG_4549

Our best heirloom year ever!

All shares will have a variety.  Different and complex flavors.  Enjoy!

Broccoli-Gorgeous summer broccoli.  This is a variety that grows great in heat. Nice tight bead and silver green heads.

Purple beans(full only)-This may be the end of the purple bean harvest.  And a break before the new rotation of green starts.

Watermelon- Perfectly sweet!  A summer treat.

IMG_4476 (1)

 

IMG_4475

Several varieties of watermelon were harvested.

IMG_4477.jpg

1 of the 3 loads of watermelon going up for storage.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-carrots, cabbage, leeks, garlic, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, head lettuce and more…..

IMG_4599

A bit of a delay in posting.  HUGE! tomato harvest this morning…..

A fantastic week-again.  Such a great season.  Huge harvests. The morning cucumber crawl down the trellis lines are top priority and take forever.  All plantings are producing now and the 1st is slowing down.  We have sampled all the potato varieties  in the field and will start huge harvests this weekend with the potato digger.  I love that thing. We seeded in more spinach and tons of lettuce for Fall.  We are going to try for a late quick carrot crop in hoop 2.  Watermelons are showing color.  Won’t be long now.  The watermelons have reached the inside of the molds in our heart and square experiment.

IMG_4416

Maybe a square watermelon?  Fingers crossed

Morning are spent on a fast a furious harvest and then the afternoons are washing.

IMG_4412

Scott’s afternoon attire….

CSA #10

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-HEAD LETTUCE, PAC CHOI, CORN, RED NORLAND POTATO, CHERRY TOMATOES, SLICE TOMATOES, SWEET ONIONS, SUMMER SQUASH, CUCUMBERS, ASIAN/EUROPEAN CUCUMBERS, PURPLE FRENCH FILET BEANS, SHISHITO PEPPERS(FULL ONLY)

IMG_4441

Full Share

IMG_4445

Snack Pack

Head Lettuce-A favorite-variety is lovelock.

IMG_4366

Lovelock at morning harvest.

Pac Choi-I can’t help it I LOVE pac choi.  I LOVE to grow it and I LOVE it in salads and broth.  Maeve will eat a whole one as a snack.  Enjoy!

IMG_4290

Pac choi ready to harvest in Hoop 1.

IMG_4293

Pretty Choi.

IMG_4305

And a chilling triple rinse.

Corn!-We do not grow the corn.  Scott’s relatives do.  The amazing family at Raupp Family Farm in Reedsburg.  It is conventionally grown not organic….When we have poled CSA members in the past if they would like corn from the Raupp Family it is always “Yes”.  Enjoy.  A treat for sure.

IMG_4433

Corn fresh from the field.

Potatoes-This week’s wonder is Red Norland.  Fantastic and we are thrilled with the yield.

IMG_5270

Forking red norland so we do not damage the tender skin.

IMG_4382

Gems!

IMG_4372

Maeve loves to conduct field taste tests!

Cherry tomatoes-here we go!

IMG_4429 (1)

We should have cherry tomatoes until frost.  22 varieties.

Slice tomatoes-A great start to the season….The patch looks strong.  Heirlooms kicking in next week.

IMG_4310

The 1st great white…a favorite.

Sweet Summer Onions-Store in refrigerator.  Sweet flavor.  The perfect burger onion.  We spend hours cleaning these onions.  Our best harvest EVER!  A summer Staple.

Zucchini-The 1st patch is just starting to slow down but I think we we start picking the new patch by this weekend.

Cucumbers-An amazing cucumber year for us.  We changed up our planting schedule 6 different start dates to extend the season.  I think we will be cucumbered out by the time this season winds down.

IMG_4348

Salt and Pepper cucumber harvest.

IMG_5252

The morning cucumber harvest.

Purple Filet Beans-I had hoped we would have a week break between green and purple beans.  Not the case.  Plants are loaded.

IMG_4338

1st purple filet bean harvest.

IMG_4339

Our every other day routine now that the nights are a bit cooler. Bean picking.  Note-behind Scott we pulled the green bean crop from last week and our “hail mary” green bean planting next to that.

Shishito Pepper(full only)-A very thin walled pepper.  Perfect for pan frying or grilling. Or delicious fresh eating as a snack.   Not hot.

IMG_4346

Shishito Peppers.

BEST GUESS NEXT WEEK-BEAUTIFUL DARK HEAD LETTUCE-2 VARIETIES, JUMBO KOHLRABI, TOMATOES, CHERRY TOMATOES, CUCUMBERS,BROCCOLI AND…..

IMG_4321

CARROTS!…AND MORE.

 

 

 

 

A week of harvest….Daily morning harvests in the zucchini patch, cucumber and beans….we started peeking in on the tomatoes and added an every other day walk through over there too.  We also pulled all the onions in 2 days.  Both summer sweet and storage.  A big job but it feels good that they are all out of the ground and processed.

Morning Cucumber Crawl…

Zip over and grab the Zucchini….

Peek in with the Cherry tomatoes…

….and pulled all the onions out on a very hot day.

 

Storage onions on the drying rack.

We seeded in the early spinach crop for hoop 2 and planted a “Hail Mary” final  green bean crop…it might make it but it is worth a try….

Early Autumn spinach seeded in….

CSA SUMMER SHARE #9

Full Share.

Snack Pack.

 

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE….HEAD LETTUCE, POTATOES!, CUCUMBERS, ZUCCHINI, GREEN BEANS (SNACK ONLY), KALE, SWEET SUMMER ONIONS, GARLIC, RADISH (SNACK ONLY), SLICE TOMATOES, CHERRY TOMATOES (FULL ONLY), NAPA CABBAGE (FULL ONLY)

Head lettuce-2 varieties harvested this week.  A delicious mini head for all snack packs and a fluffy lime green bicolor for Full Share.  Both summer favorites.

Snack Pack Lettuce.

Full share lettuce taking a chilling dip-variety is called lovelock.

Potatoes-the 1st dig of the season.  Variety is Corolla.  Scott’s favorite.  We hand fork all early season potatoes as the skin is very tender.

Scott forking out the 1st potatoes of the season.

Maeve with the potato bounty.

 

We are thrilled with the yield!

Cucumbers!-A huge harvest this week!  3 rotations in harvest mode.  Enjoy!  Store in refrigerator with plastic bag slightly opened at top.

Portioning out the Cucumbers for this week’s share.

Zucchini-Another strong week of harvesting this summer staple…the 2nd planting has settled in so we are set for a nice long season.

Zucchini patch #2

Green Beans (snack only)-this is the end of the green bean harvest…up next purple beans!

Scott weighing out the last green bean harvest of this rotation.

Kale-A nice sized bundle of assorted Kale picked small and tender.  Great for salads or oven crisps!

Kale washed and bundled ready for the shares….

Sweet Summer onions-a bounty…we should have these little gems in the shares for a long time.

Garlic-1 in snack pack 2 in full share.  Nothing beats the flavor of fresh garlic.

Garlic all cleaned up and ready for the shares…

Radish-We had a snack pack member request some radishes….so we seeded in a few rows.  Tricky to grow in summer heat and rain but enough for a nice bundle and a little extra too for the radish fan.

Radishes at harvest.

Slice tomatoes-Fingers crossed it looks to be a pretty amazing tomato season…the plants are loaded and we are thrilled that our 1st harvest had enough for everyone..

Slice tomatoes in every share…

Cherry Tomatoes-Enough for Full Share this week….

Maeve is back on Cherry tomato washing duty this year….

Beautiful!

Napa Cabbage-(Full only) My favorite cabbage and makes the BEST coleslaw.  Also, fantastic as a base for a light stirfry.

Napa just harvested in the field.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-HEAD LETTUCE, PAC CHOI, SWEET ONIONS, CUCUMBER, ZUCCHINI, CORN!!!!!!!, CARROTS AND MORE.  SUMMER BOUNTY IS HERE.