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Another fast week of amazing harvest…and still shaggy around the edges!  Priorities….HUGE! harvest loads take time and we are thrilled with the yields.  No disappointments here.  We are focusing on potato digging and loved the variety this week.  Upstate Abundance is a new favorite I think.

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Hand dug potatoes this week.  A great yield.  This variety is new to us.  Upstate Abundance. We tested 20 pounds and love them.

The watermelon harvest was a surprise as we thought a week or 2 out.  More in the field so more to come.

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Maeve selfie in watermelon patch…

Slice tomatoes are hitting now and we are happy with our supply.  We harvest every other day.  Hopefully a few more weeks to come.

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Tomato in the sun.

Storage onions need to come out and another rotations of sunflowers are coloring up.  Next week’s “to do list”.

CSA SUMMER SHARE #10

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-dark romaine head lettuce, mini bibb (full only), potatoes, sunflower bouquets, onions, summer squash, Slice tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Italian fry peppers, kohlrabi, green beans, pac choi and watermelon and basil.

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Full Share

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Snack Pack

Romaine-Beautiful!!  Juicy dark heads.

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Romaine at harvest.

Mini Bibb lettuce (full share only)

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Mini Bibb ready to harvest.

Potatoes-We love these little gems!  Great boiled and/or mashed.

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Maeve with the potato harvest this week.

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And she weighed out all the shares too!  A great help.

Sunflower bouquets-Happy Bouquets to celebrate late summer.

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Daily morning sunflower pick.

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And bouquets ready for the shares….

Onions-Sweets and Cippolini in every share.  This may be the end of sweet onions…storage onions on the way.

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Summer squash-Maybe the end of summer squash…maybe.  1st patch is done and second slowing down already.  We will see….it has been a good run.

Slice tomatoes-Maeve and I picked every other day and there is a great selection this week.

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Tomatoes!

Cherry Tomatoes!-A great assortment this week.  Tons!

Broccoli-This crop snuck up on us this week.  More next week too.

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Broccoli Harvester in action.

Italian Fry Peppers-This is the start of the harvest.  We thin the plants out when still green as they are loaded.  Our favorite pepper.

Kohlrabi-Yippee!  Another rotation.

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Field cleaning the Kohlrabi.

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Kohlrabi in the dunk tank.

Green Beans-Great yield from a new variety to us.  Perfect!

Pac choi-Yes I am on a pac choi kick….LOVE!!!! it stir fried and also in salads raw.  Best harvest tis season.

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Pac choi in the morning.

Watermelon-The start of the harvest.  More varieties in the field too.

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taste test….

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and here we go….1st load.

BEST GUESS NEXT WEEK….BROCCOLI, CARROTS,  SPAGHETTI SQUASH, GREEN ROMAINE LETTUCE, TOMATOES, POTATOES, WATERMELON, BEANS, AND MORE….

Another powerhouse week!  This season is blowing us away with the abundance coming from the gardens. We are more blown away that we are on top of garden duties.  So good.  Slice tomatoes are hitting their stride.  A good start to “tomato time” after a few ho hum seasons of the past.  Cherry tomato vines have topped the trellis and dancing high above.  It will soon be a jungle of colorful tomatoes.  We have had perfect soaking rains and no severe weather damage.  Fall crops are coming on strong our 3rd rotation of broccoli is heading up, another harvest of kohlrabi next week and we will pull storage onions next week too.  We harvested a great bounty of spaghetti squash and it is curing in the shed for next week (and future) shares.

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Spaghetti Squash harvest from the garden.

The last of the red norland potatoes have been harvested.  A fantastic yield of perfect gems.

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Last of the red norland crop.

We started in on the next variety as the vines are declining and did a test dig on all varieties in the ground.  All looks great except a new variety to us this year that we wanted to trail.  WELL, disappointment-very scabby skin BUT delicious flavor and texture.  When we were picking them up after the potato digger went through Scott joked that he was picking up pine cones!  HA!!! Still makes me chuckle.  So these tasty ugly guys will be available in coming weeks on the “extra table”.

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A heart find in the “scabby potato harvest”.

This may be the last week of cucumbers from our 1st planting.  Our 2nd “Hail Mary” crop is chugging along and we hope to have cucumbers return in a few weeks.  All depends on daylight.  Fingers crossed.

Our 1st summer squash patch is just about done and the second rotation in full swing.

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Summer Squash patch #2.

 

Final crops are all in now except radish and lettuce rotations which will continue on a weekly basis. We continue to seed in Fall and overwintered Spinach.  Edge “shagginess” and beautification is on for next week as we are sensing an easing up of daily duties and “have to” tasks.

CSA SHARE #9

Full Share

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Snack Pack

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WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-romaine head lettuce, garlic, baby kale mix (full only), sweet summer onions, cippolini onions (full only), summer squash, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, slice tomatoes bell peppers, banana peppers (snack only), carrots!!!!, chinese cabbage, corn

Romaine head lettuce- Sweet and delicious heads.  A late summer treat for sure.

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Morning Romaine harvest from the hoop house.

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Just cut and ready for the triple rinse.

Baby Kale Mix-(Full only) A nice big bag of assorted baby kale from the hoop house.  Saute is best with fresh garlic.

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Rinsed baby kale air drying before bagging.

Garlic-A good garlic season for us an nothing better than fresh garlic in veggie stir fry.

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Scott cleaning the garlic before it goes in the shares.

Sweet Summer onions-A bounty harvest for us this season and we are passing them along.

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Cleaned summer onions.

Cucumbers-Final harvest this week from our 1st rotation.

Cherry Tomatoes-The tomato patch has this feel of “well here we go!”  The volume is amazing.

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Cherry tomato harvest washed and ready to be packaged.

Slice Tomatoes-Choose up to 3 for Snack Pack and up to 6 for full share.

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A HUGE! tomato harvest this week.

Bell Peppers-The last of the the bell pepper harvest and next week we start in on the Italian Fry Peppers.

Yellow Banana Peppers-(Snack Only)-A variety called goddess.

Carrots!-We had a great summer carrot harvest from our “carrot trough”.  Crunchy and sweet.  Enjoy!

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After cutting the tops off we wash and chill for the shares.

Chinese Cabbage-A great harvest of the mini heads.  A perfect slaw or adds great loft to salads.

Corn-Another morning pick from Scott’s relatives farm.  Raupp Family Farm.  We are grateful they provide the corn for our CSA.  Delicious.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-kohlrabi, head lettuce, spaghetti squash, broccoli???, cherry tomatoes, slice tomatoes, green beans, onions,  sunflower bouquets and more…..

We will be selling at the Baraboo Farmers’ Market again this Saturday.  Produce, HUGE! Basil Plants, and pretty flower bouquets….

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August bounty is here!  We are amazed with the harvests we are pulling in from the gardens.  A fantastic season so far and we are keeping up!  That is the best part.  The edges of the “compound” might be a bit shaggy and we may be a bit tired at the end of the day (and sometimes in the mornings too) but we are happy.  Life is good.  Another huge harvest of the red norland potatoes this week and we hope to pull the remaining reds out early next week.

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Maeve at the end of the red norland row after we dug 200+ pounds.

We picked our first slice tomatoes and the cherry tomatoes are hitting their stride.  The vines are loaded.  All the garlic is out and drying and all the summer onions pulled in 3 hours.  BIG! high volume yield is the theme.  The 1st summer squash patch is just about done and the 2nd patch is amping up.  The 2nd patch is 1/2 the size of the 1st as we suspect the thrill of zucchini is slowly fading but still nice to have a few each week.  Watermelon is sizing up and another bean rotation flowering.  And Spaghetti squash almost ready.  Final Fall planting of mini cabbages and kohlrabi in and yet another rotation of Fall spinach started this past week.  We are excited that the Italian Fry peppers are starting to color and we picked our 1st jalapenos for the extra table.  August is really the best month as we watch the light change and the garden share it’s gifts.

 

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Garlic harvest is complete.

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Making our way down the sweet onion rows.

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Watermelon sizing up.

CSA SHARE #8

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-Corn, cherry tomatoes, slice tomato, summer squash, cucumber mix, skinny european slice cucumbers, green bell peppers, sweet summer onions, pac choi, mini cabbage head, leaf lettuce, red norland potatoes.

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Full Share

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Snack Pack

Corn!!!-This is the 1st picking of corn from Scott’s relative’s farm….Raupp Family Farm.  It is conventionally grown and not organic.  We have included the Raupp corn in our CSA shares for years and it is a treat and we are grateful.  Delicious.

Cherry tomatoes-The vines are really starting to take off.  Sweet and delicious.

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Look waaaaaay down at the end I am waving from the end of a Cherry tomato row.

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Washed and ready for the shares.

Slice tomatoes-1st harvest 1 for snack and 2 for Full.  Looks like it is going to be a great tomato year.

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1st slicer of the season.

Cucumber mix-American snacker cucumbers.  Several varieties in each share.

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Full share cucumber mix.

European thin Slice Cucumbers-Several in each share of these thin skinned wonders.

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Thin European Cucumbers at harvest.

Bell Peppers-A HUGE! harvest this week…

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Harvesting Bells in the pepper patch.

Sweet summer onions-A favorite of mine and we have TONS!

Pac choi-Add a little crunch to your salad or stir fry this week.

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Pac choi ready to harvest in the morning sun.

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Cut Pac Choi ready to be crated and hauled to the dunk tank.

Mini Cabbage head-Snack has Mini pointy and Full share mini green and purple.

Leaf Lettuce-A nice mix for summer salads.

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Leaf lettuce after a triple rinse.

Red norland potatoes-Great yield this year and so delicious….and more to come!

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-CARROTS!, CORN, TOMATOES, CUCUMBERS, GROUND CHERRIES, HEAD LETTUCE, SUMMER SQUASH AND MORE….

 

 

A perfect week.  The heat broke and we loved it.  This is the time of year where we play beat the clock.  It is time and time now to get the last of many crops in IF we are going to be able to harvest at maturity before frost and diminished day length.  So, a bit of scurrying and all is good.  A few “hail Mary” crops like 1 more rotation of beans…we had the space so let’s see if they make it-an end of season treat.

We love that tomato harvest has begun….the plants are loaded and slicers just starting to color up.  Looks like it is going to be a bountiful year.

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Cherry tomatoes on the vine.

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Plants are loaded with cherry tomatoes…

And potato harvesting has begun.  We are very pleased with the yield.  We will be eating a lot of potatoes.

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Scott and Maeve harvesting potatoes.

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Just dug.

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Field taste test.

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Look at those beauties.

CSA SUMMER SHARE #7

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE….551 POUNDS GOING OUT THE DOOR TODAY. 

lettuce, parsley, red norland potatoes, cucumber mix, european slice cucumbers, dill, summer squash, pepper, onion, purple bean, cherry tomatoes, beta mix (baby swiss chard and beet tops)

Lettuce-Another week of great summer crisp head lettuce from the hoop house.  We are grateful as it is difficult to grow lettuce in a humid heat wave.  Heavy shade cloth, good circulation and light watering several times a day did the trick.

Red Norland Potatoes-Nothing better than just dug potatoes after a long winter of eating stored potatoes.  Enjoy and lots more to come.

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Scott weighing out potatoes for the share.

Parsley-Of Course we had to have parsley for the potatoes!  Flat leaf Italian.

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Parsley Harvest in the morning.

Cucumber mix AND European Slice cucumbers-  A bag of mixed munchers and another bag of skinny slicers.  Great cucumber harvest this week…and tons! on the extra table too.

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We pick cucumbers every day…and it blows me away what we harvest.  How do they grow that much over night?!

Dill-Another of course we had to pack dill this week for the cucumbers….

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Dill with morning dew at harvest.

Summer Squash-The bounty continues.  We love the solid yellow ones best-A new variety for us this year.

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Summer Squash daily picks…always over 40-and yesterday 97!

Peppers-The big surprise of the week.  They sure loved the heat last week.

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1st pepper harvest.

Sweet Summer Onion-1st pick of the season-more to come.  SWEET!

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Scott pulling onions.

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And in his “office” cleaning. them.

Purple beans-A HUGE bounty and enjoy them alllllllllll!  We are blown away with the harvest.

Cherry tomatoes-Thrilled that we were able to harvest enough for all shares this week.

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LOVE!

Beta Mix-2nd cutting off my favorite leafy green we grow.  We saute it with garlic and onions and eat as a side dish or fantastic as a fresh salad too.

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Morning Beta mix harvest.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-Cherry tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, chinese cabbage, leaf lettuce, cucumbers, summer squash and more….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A much needed soaking rain last night and this morning.  Just under an inch.  We have been running irrigation day and night in the gardens the past week to keep up with the high heat and wind.  The plants are loving this weather-we are wilting a bit but chugging on.  Our days start extra early and a break mid day and then back out until dark.  A good routine to try and stay out of the worst of the heat.  Beans, cucumbers and summer squash have to be picked daily.  We transplanted out more broccoli and chinese cabbage and seeded in lettuce rotations and started Fall Spinach.  Beets were thinned and the carrots too.  We are staying on top of things so far.  The key to it all is just let the garden carry you and float through the day of work.  We are happy and just thrilled with the gardens this year.  Potato digging next week and giant sweet summer onions will come out of the ground.  Baby watermelon are forming and the cherry tomatoes are really starting to color up.

 

SUMMER SHARE #6

What is in your share.  418 pound of amazing produce going home with members this week.  A bounty.

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head lettuce, pointy mini cabbage, green beans, cucumber mix, english slicing cucumber, summer squash mix, pink celery, garlic, mini kale mix, pac choi and pepper (full only)

Head lettuce-A fantastic lettuce harvest this week in the early morning light.  Tricky to grow flavorful lettuce in high heat.  We did it and it is a great summer crisp.

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This week’s lettuce harvest chilling in the dunk tank.

Pointy cabbage-We love growing mini heads.  Perfect size for the CSA.  Maeve helped with the harvest and we blasted through the job.

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Morning cabbage harvest.

Green beans-We picked every day!  Over night they would double in size.  We were amazed but zipped down the rows.

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Scott weighing out the beans.

Cucumber mix-An assortment of the varieties we grew in every share-including the favorite salt and pepper.

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Salt and pepper cucumbers at harvest.

 

European slice cucumber-1st big pick.  1 for everyone.

Mix Summer Squash-A bounty harvest this week.  EVERY morning we made the rounds and 40+ were cut.  AND our second patch is starting to produce too!

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Summer Squash ready to pack in shares.

PINK Celery-We wanted to try this just for fun.  It is beautiful and the flavor strong.  Great in cucumber dishes, soups and added to salads.

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Pink Celery at harvest.

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Triple rinse before bundling.

Garlic-Just dug fresh garlic!  A treat.

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Garlic sorting.

Mini Kale Mix-  Snipped from the hoop house.  makes a great salad or saute side.

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Triple rinsed and ready to be packaged off for the shares.

Pac choi-I am on a huge pac choi kick.  I LOVE it.  Raw my favorite in fresh salads for a juicy crunch but saute with garlic or scapes and it is a treat.

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Mini green pac choi at harvest.

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Mini Green Summer Pac choi.

Peppers-(Full only) just picked this morning.  A bit of a surprise.  A sweet pepper.

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Picked in the rain this morning.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-Potatoes!, onions, parsley, cucumbers, dill, summer squash purple beans and more….

A near perfect work week in the gardens.  Best news is our gamble paid off in the pea/summer squash area.  We had to do a bit of dancing around for 2 days but within hours of the last shelling peas picked the vines were down and trellises out.  We made it and it is a relief.  Now wide open spaces just like we like it.

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Last pea picking….It’s tight!

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Hauling the pea vines out.

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Wide open spaces.

We would like to congratulate all CSA members for eating more peas than previously thought humanly possible last week.  Our best pea harvest EVER!  Well over 200 pounds of sugar snap peas came out of the patch last week and 130 pounds shellers.  Amazing!

We spent the week weeding and harvesting.  Daily cucumber and zucchini picks are a “must do”.  400 kohlrabi went out, and 300 broccoli too.  And this is the detail that made the week only near perfect….we have a nibbler that is fond of broccoli.  An evening visitor that likes a midnight snack.  We have lost a bit of broccoli BUT good news is we have extra to replace.  So no real problem just time.

The tomatoes have grown to the tops of the trellises and look fantastic.  Plants are loaded and cherry tomatoes around the corner.

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Scott tying up the tomatoes…

We checked on the potatoes…nice sized ping pong balls-a few weeks out.  Onions are sizing up and we had our first bean picking yesterday.  The bounty of summer has begun.

SUMMER SHARE #5

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-head lettuce, fennel, mini cabbage head, broccoli, cucumbers!, zucchini, shell peas (snack only), sugar snap peas (tiny bag), garlic scapes, bunching onions, beta mix (mini swiss chard/beet tops), green beans (full only)

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Full Share

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Snack Pack

Head lettuce-A delicious summer crunch.  Great flavor and a great harvest from the hoop house.

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Fennel-We love a fennel coleslaw.  Also grilled is delicious, and sliced thin it is a nice addition to a fresh salad.

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Fennel at harvest.

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Great Fennel harvest this rotation.

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Scott hanging out at the compost pile trimming the tops off the fennel.

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Ready for washing.

Mini Cabbage-The perfect size for the CSA.  It is crisp and flavorful.

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Mini cabbage at harvest.

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Beauties in the sun.

Broccoli-More of the great broccoli harvest this week.  We are thrilled!

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Broccoli with morning dew.

Cucumbers-They are here!  We planted 9 different varieties including our favorite salt and peppers.  A mix will appear every week in all shares for many weeks to come.

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Delicious!

Zucchini-Huge harvest from the summer squash patch this week.  The plants are jumping into action with all this heat.

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Sunshine at morning harvest.

Shelling Peas-(snack pack only)-Shell and eat the peas inside.  Delicious raw with salads or lightly steamed they are a treat.

Garlic Scapes-These are the last of the scapes.  Tastes just like garlic.

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The last of the scapes and garlic harvest begins next week.

Bunching onions-These are a stronger flavored onion and just the right size to add a little zing to your meals.

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We harvested white and these purple beauties to go in the shares this week.

Beta Mix-This is my favorite green mix.  Love it fresh or sauteed.  And so pretty on the plate.

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Beta mix harvest in the early morning sun….note the loooooooooong rows of Fall carrots behind the tub. They are different colored carrots!

Green Beans-(full share only)-1st pick was yesterday.  The bushes are just starting to produce and we have 3 rotations of beans in the field.  It’s going to be a great bean year.

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Green beans at harvest.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-Summer Squash, cucumbers, lettuce, fresh garlic, pointy cabbage, pink! celery and more….

The only way to say it…It has been an amazing week in the gardens! Yes, HOT!  but the plants are loving it and growing like crazy.  We are in the thick of our best pea crop (over 100 pounds in 3 days) ever I think.  Summer Squash vines are creeping closer with our big great idea to plant the summer squash in between the pea row experiment. Plenty of time we thought waaaaaaay back then.  Well, we are sweating it out now but think we will make it.  Tight but tight is ok.

 

Best broccoli harvest too.  Abundance.  Tomatoes are forming, potatoes are flowering and beans too-finally after a late start due to cool Spring.  Brussel Sprout Paradise is thriving.  We decided to go all out with these beauties.  Oh, we nibbled on our first cucumber yesterday.  Summer is rushing in….

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Brussels Sprout Paradise.

 

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!st Cucumber of the season.

If we were not picking peas this week we were weeding.  Beds are perfect but row cultivation has to wait due to wet conditions…

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Weeded out carrot trough.

Kohlrabi was transplanted out into the garden this week and more beets and carrots seeded in.  We are starting to think about Fall crops already…Crazy!

SUMMER SHARE #5

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Snack

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE

414 pounds of garden abundance!

Broccoli, head lettuce, snow peas (snack only), carrots, swiss chard, chinese cabbage, zucchini, turnips (full only), shelling peas (full only).

Broccoli-Huge broccoli harvest.  Great head size.  This is our favorite variety to grow.  Small bead in formation and delicious.

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Early morning harvest before the heat sets in….

Head Lettuce- We harvested 4 varieties this week.  1 head in every Snack and 3 mini heads in Full.

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Snow peas-(Snack only)-Thick long fat pods. Delicious raw in salad or lightly steamed.

Sugar Snap Peas-HUGE! harvest!  Enjoy.  Snap the top off pull the thread and eat-pod and all.  We harvested 3 different varieties this week.  Each a little different.

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Sugar Snap peas ready to go home with members.

Carrots-1st carrot harvest is always the best.  Roasted or fresh nothing better.

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Swiss Chard-Beautiful.  Delicious with eggs.

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Swiss Chard chilling in the dunk tank.

Chinese Cabbage-Great harvest.  We planted 2 sizes a medium and mini.  We saute or eat raw in salads.

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Chinese Cabbage ready to cut.

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Chinese Cabbage at harvest.

We had a HUGE Chinese Cabbage head grow in the garden.  Maybe a larger variety seed was mixed in or maybe water???  Who knows but he is gigantic.  We are sneaking it into a share as a surprise.  Farmer humor.

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Twice the size of a normal guy.

Zucchini-Here we go…..officially summer.

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Shelling Peas-(Full Only)-1st harvest of these sweet shellers.  2 varieties.

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1st shellers of the season.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-fennel, mini head cabbage, lettuce, peas, cucumbers??? and more….