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Another fast and furious week for us….and most of it crawling along on our knees.

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How we spend most of our days….

Onions are all in and this feels good.  We plant later so the onion seedlings can size up as they are much easier to plant than little itty bitty threads.  So, 500 feet of onions are planted and excited we didn’t forget the shallots this year!  The hoop house is transitioning over to main season CSA crops.  Summer lettuce and leafy green crops are being transplanted.

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A full hoop house!

Plant sale in our driveway again this weekend.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Beautiful tomato plants, tons of assorted pepper plants, several varieties of basil, garden starts, assorted lettuce 6 pacs, cucumbers, assorted kale pacs, swiss chard, cutting celery, eggplant, brussels sprouts, and more.  9-4 every day….

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Hard to believe this is the 4th and final share of the 2017 Spring CSA.  The month flew by.

Projected launch date for the 20 week Summer CSA Season is Thursday June 1st.

4th and Final Spring Share

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE

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Turnips (2 varieties), leaf lettuce, baby arugula, sunflower shoots, head lettuce medley, tokyo bekana, spinach, dill and fennel

A fantastic final share of the Spring Share Season!

Turnips-Finally and 2 varieties….our favorite white hakurei (a friend was over and said it is like eating an apple)  and another long japanese variety Hinona Kabu that is oh so pretty and has a bit of snap to it.   Both delicious and huge bunches of each. Can be enjoyed raw or caramelized with butter, sugar and soy for a delicious side.  Remember the tops are edible too.

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Scott harvesting turnips in the morning sun.

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Turnips at harvest….

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in the wash tank…

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and bundled for the shares.

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Scott at his wash station with the cool turnips….

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Turnips final rinse.

Leaf lettuce-2nd cutting off the colorful and flavorful early spring mix.

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Leaf lettuce at harvest.

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Triple rinsed and ready for the shares.

Arugula-A nice big bag.  Add fresh to salads or saute as a side.

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Huge pile of triple rinsed arugula.

Sunflower Shoots-A fun “crop” for us in the spring.  Tastes just like sunflower seeds.  These are unwashed for better storage life.  So will need to be rinsed before eating to remove light soil.

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Sunflower shoots “crop”.

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Maeve harvesting this week.

Head Lettuce Medley-We picked several different varieties this week and each share has an assortment.

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1 of the lettuces in this week’s share…and COLORFUL too thanks to the suggestion of a CSA member.

 

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Head lettuce medleys ready to be bagged for the shares.

Asian Green-Tokyo Bekana-My favorite asian green.  Tastes like a fluffy chinese cabbage.  Add to fresh salads to add loft and flavor or lightly saute or add to broth.

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Tokyo Bekana just cut.

Spinach-I didn’t think we would have 1 more strong harvest but here it is.  Enjoy!  The last official indoor hoop house spinach of the season.  For Sure.  We pulled the plants as we need the space for new crops.

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Last hoop house spinach harvest of the season.

Dill-A treat!  A nice sized bundle for everyone.

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Hoop house grown Spring Dill.

Fennel-Baby fennel cut small from the hoop house. We love the fronds and shaved bulb in salads.

SUMMER CSA STARTS THURSDAY JUNE 1ST!

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A fantastic week!  Lots of progress.  We are a bit stiff, walking a bit hunched over and going to bed early because we are worn out, but it sure feels good.  Long rows of early broccoli and cabbage were transplanted and pretty assorted kale. We transplanted fennel out and started more radishes too.  Turnips were seeded in the hoop house for the summer CSA and a whole bunch of lettuce went into the hoop house too.  The biggest news is the potatoes are FINALLY!!!!! all done.  We dragged our feet on this a bit but the weather never gave us the opportunity to tackle this HUGE job.  It may have been a good thing that we held off as the Spring has been so cool and wet there was the possibility of the seed potato rotting after planting.  We are glad it is done and VERY grateful once again to Uncle Jim for allowing is to plant at his farm in the perfect potato soil. Other news….. A second rotation of peas all planted, the 1st planting of beans and tons of seeding in for summer hoop house crops are germinating in the greenhouse-oh, we transplanted out more beets too in a window of spare time we had.  Scott finished up his fencing…completely deer proof with extended fencing this year  and also a fine mesh at the base to keep those woodchucks out.

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Mini cabbages all snuggled in……as far as the eye can see!

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Long rows of Early Summer Broccoli.

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1st rotation of Peas Up.

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Just about finished with potatoes.

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Done!

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Phew!  Potatoes are planted…..all by hand.

We are starting our garden plant sale in the driveway Saturday May 13th.  The greenhouse is exploding with beautiful tomato plants and other goodies for the home gardener.  It’s always a fun event for us and we love sharing our plants with fellow gardeners.

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Tomatoes ready for the plant sale this weekend.

SPRING SHARE #3

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE

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All produce is triple rinsed and ready to eat.  Enjoy!

Radishes-A combo of french breakfast and wintered over daikon and beauty heart.

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Just washed french breakfast radishes that look like peppermint candy.

Beta Mix-My personal favorite leafy green mix.  A combination of assorted baby beet tops and mixed baby swiss chard.  Delicious fresh or steamed or braised.

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Beta Mix at harvest….

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and in the wash tank.

Asian Mix x 2-This is the second cutting off the the 2 varieties that were in the 1st share of the season.  1-a mild spicy mustard mix, and 2 a combo of kales, and assorted choi.  Fresh, steamed or stir fried they are wonderful.

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Mustard mix at morning harvest.

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And cut.

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2nd variety of kales and choi ready to harvest.

Head lettuce-We harvested 2 different varieties this week-a combination will appear in the shares.

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Pac Choi-A cute mini green choi.  Add a crunch to salads or delicious in stir fry.

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Mini Green Pac Choi.

Spinach-The last harvest of our inside hoop house spinach for the season.  It has been a great crop for us this season.  We calculated that we harvested over 130 pounds this spring….leaf by leaf by leaf by leaf.

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Spinach at harvest.

Rhubarb-A true Springtime treat.  Almost 2 pounds in each share.  And I have to mention every season…some of the rhubarb comes from my grandfather’s backyard plant that I transplanted from his house when he passed away..  Grandma made the BEST rhubarb custard pie.

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Rhubarb ready to be cleaned.

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Beautiful!

Honey-This is the last of our Fall honey…rich and flavorful.

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Fall honey after it is spun.

Basil Plant-A little treat.  Enjoy! 2 plants started in the pot.  Separate into 2 larger container or plant in the ground and you are set for the season.  Variety is called Dolce Fresca.

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Basil going home with CSA members today.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK- 4TH AND FINAL SPRING SHARE OF 2017

turnips!!! finally-2 varieties the cool long japanese guys and the pretty round gems, head lettuce, leaf lettuce, asian greens and more……..

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Next week’s turnips….

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and more next week’s turnips.

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Sure is nice to see the sun!

A  wet, dark and chilly week here all week long.  A little over an inch and a half of rain fell but it seemed like it was raining or misting all the time! Toss in 2 light frosts overnight and it put us in a holding pattern.  The outside gardens are soggy and we held off transplanting a few early crops and preparing beds in the muck.  We spent our time with hoop house transplanting, seed starting and deer and woodchuck!!! fencing.

Crops look great in the hoophouse-about 2.5 weeks behind last year’s progress due to cooler temps and cloudy days….but strong and bountiful.  The carrots Scott and Maeve just planted outside have all germinated and our early outside spinach, peas, radishes, chard and beets are chugging along too through the cold.

The greenhouse is FULL!!!!  This week major transplanting in the fields and the tomatoes are ready for some wiggle room too.

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE

 

Spinach-Another big bag of the delicious hoop house spinach.  Great in fresh salads and fantastic wilted down as a side.  Creamed Spinach is a treat!

Spinach transplanted in February in the hoop house.

A jumbo juicy Spinach leaf!! at harvest….

Spinach after it’s 3rd and final rinse. Ready to be bagged up.

The spinach weigher and bagger hard at work.

Leaf Lettuce- A bag of a colorful leaf lettuce blend.  Beautiful and delicious.

Leaf lettuce at harvest…..

…and in the wash tank.

Spring Onions-We planted these in the hoop house last August. A big bunch of these beauties to enjoy all week long.

Onions at harvest…with Spring turnips nestled between the rows.

Cleaning the onions.

Head lettuce-2 complimentary varieties in the share this week.  A fluffy bicolored head and my favorite mini deep green juicy head named Nancy…both unique in flavor and appearance.

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Pretty Nancy!

Asian Greens Medley- A mix of assorted mixed asian greens perfect fresh in salads or in stir fry.  Vivid Choi, Tokyo Bekana, and Vitamin Green in the mix.

 

My favorite Asian green….Tokyo Bekana. Tastes like a lite fluffy chinese cabbage.

Scott bagging up the Asian greens mix.  Yes, it is late at night….

 

Pac choi-2 varieties here too and each with a little different flavor and texture.  We love it fresh in salads to add some crunch.  Maeve loves the ribs raw….but also a great addition to a saute.

Pac Choi harvest last year. I had this harvest cut washed and bagged and then remembered I forgot to take pictures!

Pea Shoots!-A springtime favorite.  Place container on a bright windowsill on a plate.  Water as needed.  Snip and add to sandwiches, salads, and garnish soups and stews.  Delicious fresh pea flavor.

Pea shoots in the greenhouse….

 

 

 

Best Guess For Next Week-Head lettuce, Saute mix(s), radishes, rhubarb, beta mix (baby beet and swiss chard-YUM!), mini pac choi and more……

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