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We liked this past week.  The tomato harvest was bountiful, we had time to weed and tidy up and once again it seems like we planted a whole new garden.  The strong transition to Autumn crops and organization is in full swing.  Scott spent a a lot of time with our compost piles sifting and adding the fresh compost to prepared beds for replanting.

Scott sifting our 3 year old compost before it goes into the garden.

Scott sifting our 3 year old compost before it goes into the garden.

Adding compost to a new bed.  Ready for Autumn turnips.

Adding compost to a new bed. Ready for Autumn turnips.

A new bed of turnips was planted where the leeks came out and a long row of Swiss Chard went in where the summer onions were pulled.  Radishes went in and again more carrots.  Late Fall seeds were started in the greenhouse for transplanting in a few weeks.

 

Fall plantings germinatiing in the greenhouse.

Fall plantings germinatiing in the greenhouse.

The new zucchini patch went in where the garlic use to live and we should be mibbling on summer squash from this patch in a few weeks.

New Zucchini patch.

New Zucchini patch.

We peeked in on the watermelon and cantalope and feel we are still 2 weeks out on this harvest so we check and wait.

A very special treat this week.  Our wonderful neighbors Dick and Caryl Pfaff gifted us delicious plums.  Dick was given the tree as a Father’s Day gift from his daughter 7 years ago and this is the first year it has produced.  The tree was loaded with fruit and so beautiful.

Dick Pfaff with his plum tree.

Dick Pfaff with his plum tree.

Look at those plums!

Look at those plums!

We had a great time picking the plums and enough to make jam, can and fruit leather.

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harvesting the last of the plums at the top of the tree.

Harvesting the last of the plums at the top of the tree.

WOW! What a harvest!  Thank You dick and Caryl.....

WOW! What a harvest! Thank You Dick and Caryl…..

 

SUMMER SHARE #11

Please remember to return all share bags and reusable packaging material.

Another great harvest and a few treats tucked in….enjoy all of it.  980 pounds of garden goodness. WOW!

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Lettuce-A great head of romaine this week.  Deep green crunchy and delicious. The variety is called Sparx.

This week's lettuce at harvest.

This week’s lettuce at harvest.

Potatoes-Beautiful Carola.  Mash, smash, fry, roast or steam.

Carolas drying before we package.

Carolas drying before we package.

A heart shaped surpise tucked into someone's share this week.

A heart shaped surpise tucked into someone’s share this week.

Sweet Summer Onions-Store in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.  These are not storage onions.

Cutting Celery-Amazing flavor!  Add leaves to salads, or use leaves and stalks to flavor soups, sauces or stir fry.  This is what celery is suppose to taste like.

Kohlrabi-Peel outer skin and eat raw with salads or with dips.

Sweet Yellow Pepper-A delicious sweet beauty.

Peppers in the garden.

Peppers in the garden.

Corn-Conventional corn grown for us by Scott’s Uncle.

Basil Plant-A wonderful Thai basil plant!  Great flavor.

Thai Basil ready for this week's share.

Thai Basil ready for this week’s share.

Cherry Tomatoes-A 1/2 pint mix of these little gems.

Sungold on the vine.

Sungold on the vine.

Slice Tomatoes-Choice of Heirlooms.

Plums!-A special treat! Leave on the counter a few days to ripen.

Maeve picking plums.

Maeve picking plums.

Eggplant-BARABOO SNACK PACK ONLY THIS WEEK.

Bringing up some eggplant.

Bringing up some eggplant.

Raspberry-ERDMAN SNACK PACK ONLY THIS WEEK.  THIS IS THE END OF THE RASPBERRY ROTATION.

 

 

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Lettuce-A great head of romaine this week.  Deep green crunchy and delicious. The variety is called Sparx.

Harvesting lettuce in the hoop house.

Harvesting lettuce in the hoop house.

Potatoes-Beautiful Carola.  Mash, smash, fry, roast or steam.

Scott portioning out the potatoes.

Scott portioning out the potatoes.

Sweet Summer Onions-Store in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.  These are not storage onions.

Cutting Celery-Amazing flavor!  Add leaves to salads, or use leaves and stalks to flavor soups, sauces or stir fry.  This is what celery is suppose to taste like.

Peppers-Sweet bell and long yellow bananna.

Bell Pepper harvest and "the visor".

Bell Pepper harvest and “the visor”.

Corn-Conventional corn grown for us by Scott’s Uncle.

Basil Plant-A wonderful Thai basil plant!  Great flavor.

 

Thai Basil.

Thai Basil.

Cherry Tomatoes-A 1/2 pint mix of these little gems.

 

Tall charry tomato vines on the trellis.

Tall charry tomato vines on the trellis.

Slice Tomatoes-Choice of herlooms.

Paste Tomato Sauce Kits-A collection of paste tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, and oregano.  Perfect for a pasta sauce or pizza sauce this week.

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Green Filet Beans-The end of the beans for a few weeks.  Phew!

Scott packing the beans.

Scott packing the beans.

Cucumbers-A few snackers for salads.

Cauliflower-A late summer harvest.  ENJOY!  One of Jennifer’s favorite.  I could eat bowls FULL.

Zucchini-Picked small and tender. Baraboo Full Share only.

Plums!-A special treat! Leave on the counter a few days to ripen.

Snacking on the plums.

Snacking on the plums.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-mini snacking pepper mix, lettuce, summer onions, kale, carrots, beets, kohlrabi, and more…..

 

 

 

 

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BEANS!  That was the big theme for this week.  Beans, beans and more beans…. We picked, pulled, planted and gave some away….We pulled the bean plants from the first plantings this Spring and replanted another round of green bush beans for a late harvest. And started picking a new crop of delicious green and purple French filet beans.  The plants are loaded and we pulled handfuls at harvest.

Green French filet beans.

Green French filet beans.

Purple French Filet Beans.

Purple French Filet Beans.

We canned 20+ pounds of green beans one hot afternoon for our pantry and are now well stocked for winter.

Scott cutting beans for canning and Maeve offering him a few bucks as an insentive.

Scott cutting beans for canning and Maeve offering him a few bucks as an incentive.

 

I added a few little early red potatoes to a few quarts of beans as an experiment.  So pretty!

I added a few little early red potatoes to a few quarts of beans as an experiment. So pretty!

Done!

Done!

We peeked in on the dragon tongue beans and they have a ways to go until they reach “shell out” maturity but a bounty of beans are out there.  Something to look forward to with a late season harvest.

Dragon Tongue beans growing thick.

Dragon Tongue beans growing thick.

When not focused on the beans we watered…..the irrigation now runs around the clock somewhere in the garden.  I know Scott is getting tired of me rushing from some area of the garden and saying “IT’S DRY-BONE DRY! POWDER DRY!! WHEN DID YOU IRRIGATE!”  The strong winds and high heat we had all week quickly dried out the soil.  We hand watered the little carrot and beet seedlings daily in addition to drip irrigation…. and had to water the hoop house and greenhouse 2-3 times daily to keep up.  Lots of time spent with the watering wand.

A second watering in the hoop house at noon.

A second watering in the hoop house and it is only noon.

Scott is thrilled that he completed the garlic harvest.   Lots of hand digging but the full crop is now out.  We separate the heads by size and hang them to dry in groups of 10.  A second rotation of zucchini will take it’s place.

Ta Da!  Garlic harvest complete.

Ta Da! Garlic harvest complete.

The same spaghetti squash plant  photographed last week at a different angle.  They loved the heat this past week and continue to develop.

The same spaghetti squash plant photographed last week at a different angle. They loved the heat this past week and continue to develop.

Maeve and I wandered the watermelon and cantalope patch and Maeve is certain there are over a thousand out there.  By the way things look I do not think she is far off in her guess.  We were curious and picked a melon and it is just starting to turn pink inside.  I asked Scott to turn on the irrigation when we walked back and he sighed and said it just ran over there 2 days ago…”IT’S BONE DRY! POWDER DRY!!!!” was my reply.   A few weeks to go until these beauties are ripe.

Maeve with the watermelon check.

Maeve with the watermelon check.

 

SUMMER SHARE #10

Please return your share bags and any reusable packing materials.

 

Hard to believe it is half way through the season.  Such a strong 1st half of the season and so many goodies yet to come.

839 pounds of produce to enjoy this week!  WOW!

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Head Lettuce-A sweet fluffy head picked in the early morning light before the heat sets in….A  Summer Crisp named Muir.  Our first year planting this variety and it may become a new favorite.  Delicious!

Cucumber Snacking Mix-A mixed bag of munchers and american pickling.

Dill-A bundle for a small batch of refrigerator pickles or cucumber salad.

Potatoes!-Scott’s favorite variety.  Carola.  We just started hand digging this crop and it is a bounty.  Again, the best potatoes we have ever had and a huge thank you to Uncle Jim for his help!!!  Perfect skin and the plants are loaded. We chuckle when we pull them from the ground…. Carola can be steamed, boiled, mashed, or fried.  More to come of this fantastic potato.

Summer Leeks-We harvested the last of the summer leeks to go with the Carolas this week.

Pulling Summer leeks.

Pulling Summer leeks.

French Filet bicolor mix-Long green and purple filet beans.

Corn!!!!-The 1st harvest of the season.  We DO NOT grow our corn.  It is conventionally grown corn grown by Scott’s Uncle for us.  When we poled CSA members in the past and asked it they would like conventionally grown corn in the shares the overwhelming response was “yes!”.  We have limited space in our gardens and not able to grow corn so this is our best option.  We look forward to a few more weeks of the corn harvest.

Cherry Tomatoes-The plants are really starting to produce with the heat this week. So pretty!

This weeks cherry tomato harvest after washing.

This weeks cherry tomato harvest after washing.

Slicing Tomatoes-A few heirlooms to choose from.

Zucchini-We planted several varieties and pick them small.

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Head Lettuce-A sweet fluffy head picked in the early morning light before the heat sets in….A  Summer Crisp named Muir.  Our first year planting this variety and it may become a new favorite.  Delicious!

Cucumber Snacking Mix-A mixed bag of munchers and american pickling.

Dill-A bundle for a small batch of refrigerator pickles or cucumber salad.

Potatoes!-Scott’s favorite variety.  Carola.  We just started hand digging this crop and it is a bounty.  Again, the best potatoes we have ever had and a huge thank you to Uncle Jim for his help!!!  Perfect skin and the plants are loaded.  Carola can be steamed, boiled, mashed, or fried.  More to come of this fantastic potatoe.

Summer Leeks-We harvested the last of the summer leeks to go with the Carolas this week.

Summer leek harvest done.

Summer leek harvest done.

French Filet bicolor mix-Long green and purple filet beans.

Corn!!!!-The 1st harvest of the season.  We DO NOT grow our corn.  It is conventionally grown corn grown by Scott’s Uncle for us.  When we poled CSA members in the past and asked it they would like conventionally grown corn in the shares the overwhelming response was “yes!”.  We have limited space in our gardens and not able to grow corn so this is our best option.  We look forward to a few more weeks of the corn harvest.

Cherry Tomatoes-The plants are really starting to produce with the heat this week. So pretty!

In the Cherry tomato patch.

In the Cherry tomato patch.

Eggplant-Italian or Asian will be in the shares this week.

Italian Eggplant at  harvest.

Italian Eggplant at harvest.

Peaches!-Tree ripe and our first harvest from this tree planted 7 years ago.

A few peaches to share from this little tree.

A few peaches to share from this little tree.

REMAINING RASPBERRY SHARES WILL BE NEXT WEEK.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-Peppers, cauliflower, tomatoes, corn, potatoes, cutting celery, lettuce, and more….

 

 

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A week that zipped by for us.  Our days had clear focus of weed, water, harvest and repeat.  Amazing growth in the garden with the hot days and warm nights.  Daily visits to the cucumber and zucchini patches hauling out containers of produce.  Hours were spent making our way down the long bean rows picking handfuls and handfuls of delicious beans.  The Melons and Squash  double in size over night and we would marvel.

Spaghetti Squash on the vine.

Spaghetti Squash on the vine.

Same Spagetti Squash  the next day!

Same Spagetti Squash the next day!

Tomatoes have finally started ripening!!! and they will appear in some shares this week.  Our warm season crops are loving these days.  Every spare moment Scott was on weed patrol as the weeds too love these warm days and it is important to stay well ahead of them.

Weed Patrol.

Weed Patrol.

More lettuce was transplanted in the hoop house right after this weeks harvest came out and yet another long row of carrots went in.  This carrot crop will be a sweet treat for the Winter Share as we snuggled 3 long rows in the hoop house for a late harvest after frost.

SUMMER SHARE #9

Scott packing the shares this morning.....it takes a lot longer with such a bounty!

Scott packing the shares this morning…..it takes a lot longer with such a bounty!

It’s another “Holy Cow” harvest week!  Enjoy these Summer delights!  602 pounds of harvested produce this week.  WOW!

 

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Head lettuce-A juicy romaine from the hoop house.  Delicious.

This week's lettuce harvest in the hoop house.

This week’s lettuce harvest in the hoop house.

 

Summer Sweet Onions-A few of these tasty treats.  A staple in your share for a few weeks to come.  Keep in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.  These are not cured winter storage onions.

Scott pulling onions.

Scott pulling onions.

Cucumber Snacking Mix-An assortment of mini munchers and american pickling.

Long European Slicing Cucumber-These are just starting to produce on the vine.  Skins are thin and tasty-no need to peel.

Mini Head Cabbage-Perfect mini heads for the snack pack. A great addition to salads or slaw.

Mini head gonzales cabbage.

Mini head gonzales cabbage.

Green Beans-Another harvest off the 1st planting.  This will be the end of these bush green beans.

Dragon Tongue Beans-A treat!  We pick these before the beans develop as an early harvest.  Great flavor raw or steamed!  These will appear later in the season again as a “shell out” with fresh beans.

Dragon Tongue on the bush.

Dragon Tongue on the bush.

Zucchini-Picked small and tender.

Zucchini at picking.

Zucchini at picking.

Basil!-A beautiful bundle to make a batch of pesto….and then some left over to enjoy with salads and sandwiches.  LARGE green leaves.  We grow our basil in the greenhouse so it is juicy and protected from those darn japanese beatles.

Basil Bouquets ready to be taken home!

Basil Bouquets ready to be taken home!

Garlic-We had to add another fresh just dug head for pesto.  A great garlic harvest for us this year.  We save our garlic and replant from year to year.  2 varieties-Music or German Red.

Jalapeno Pepper-These plants were loaded and needed an early pick.

Raspberries-BARABOO SNACK PACK ONLY THIS WEEK.

1 Slicing Tomatoes-BARABOO SNACK PACK ONLY THIS WEEK.

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Head lettuce-A juicy romaine from the hoop house.  Delicious.

Close up of lettuce at harvest.

Close up of lettuce at harvest.

We have a “unique” drying routine for these big heads…..major swinging to get the water out after a good soak in the wash tank and before packing.

 

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Summer Sweet Onions-A few of these tasty treats.  A staple in your share for a few weeks to come.  Keep in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.  These are not cured winter storage onions.

 

Onions in the field at harvest.

Onions in the field at harvest.

We cut the tops off, peel and chill.

We cut the tops off, peel and chill.

Cucumber Snacking Mix-An assortment of mini munchers and american pickling.

Long European Slicing Cucumber-These are just starting to produce on the vine.  Skins are thin and tasty-no need to peel.

Mid-sized Cabbage-A variety called tender sweet.

Green Beans-Another harvest off the 1st planting.  This will be the end of these bush green beans.

Scott packing green  beans.

Scott packing green beans.

Dragon Tongue Beans-A treat!  We pick these before the beans develop as an early harvest.  Great flavor raw or steamed!  These will appear later in the season again as a “shell out” with fresh beans.

Dragon Tongue Beans on the bush.

Dragon Tongue Beans on the bush.

Pac Choi-The end of the summer pac choi harvest.  A great addition to summer salads to add some crunch or excellent grilled.

The last harvest of Summer Pac Choi.

The last harvest of Summer Pac Choi.

Zucchini-Picked small and tender.

Basil!-A beautiful bundle to make a batch of pesto….and then some left over to enjoy with salads and sandwiches.  LARGE green leaves.  We grow our basil in the greenhouse so it is juicy and protected from those darn japanese beatles.

Garlic-We had to add another fresh just dug head for pesto.  A great garlic harvest for us this year.  We save our garlic and replant from year to year.  2 varieties-Music or German Red.

Jalapeno Pepper-These plants were loaded and needed an early pick.

Romanesco Cauliflower-Those pretty green heads in your share this week.  Love them!

Eggplant-A surprise harvest last night.

Eggplant picked at dark last night.

Eggplant picked at dark last night.

Cherry Tomatoes!!!!  The first picking of the season…..

Cherry tomatoes after washing.

Cherry tomatoes after washing.

Cherry tomatoes packed and ready for the shares.

Cherry tomatoes packed and ready for the shares.

2 Slicing Tomatoes-BARABOO FULL SHARE ONLY THIS WEEK.

 

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, fillet tri-color beans, kohlrabi, dill,  carrots,  potatoes, and…….CORN!!!!!

Next week's kohlrabi.

Next week’s kohlrabi.

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Still rolling along with happy days….HOT!!! happy days but happy.  We survived the muggy heat with very early mornings of harvest and hard work and then transitioned to easier tasks in the heat of the day.  Scott and I are not too bothered by the heat so not that taxing on our duties.  Weeding and seeding in during the afternoons is not too difficult.

Weeding the golden beet bed in the heat of the day.

Weeding the golden beet bed in the heat of the day.

The heat loving crops responded with robust growth in the hot days and warm nights…..The vines in the melon patch are running all over and tons of baby melons on the vine.

In the melon patch.

In the melon patch.

Checking out the baby melons.

Checking out the baby melons.

 

Eggplant is finally starting to produce and a few Full Share members will see them in their bags this week.  Tomatoes are finally! coloring up and we are hopeful that we will start picking for the shares next week.  We have a bean explosion going on around here and our second rotation has quickly caugh up to the 1st and our 3rd rotation not far behind….Long long hours of picking down the rows.

3rd rotation of purple filet bean plants loaded with blossoms.

3rd rotation of purple filet bean plants loaded with blossoms.

We had another great carrot harvest this week and are pleased with the varieties and yield.

Carrot harvest after washing.

Carrot harvest after washing.

The brussels sprouts are heading up and we are excited as we planted tons and tons of these tasty gems for a huge harvest this Fall.  4 varieties went in including purple!

Purple Brussels Sprouts starting to head.

Purple Brussels Sprouts starting to head.

All the Fall Brassicas went in this past week except that cool broccoli we harvest in the snow for Winter Share.  We just started these seeds for that variety and will plant out in about 2-3 weeks.

Long rows of transplanted Fall Brocoli.

Long rows of transplanted Fall Broccoli.

A stong week again with even a little time to work on a flower order for a dear friend’s special event.  Time to create and revisit my past profession.  I LOVED! it…..

Flower bouquets for a special event.

Flower bouquets for a special event.

This week we will be planting another bed of carrots and lettuce,  start another potato harvest, dig all the garlic (hopefully) and string it up to dry and pick beans and more beans and more beans again.  Oh, and somehow Scott has to find the time to sickle mow the weeds!

SUMMER SHARE #8

Grab your forks!  We are just starting the jumbo Summer bonanza harvests from the garden…….a fantastic bounty this week.  We are kinda blown away and hope you are too. 558 pounds this week is going out the door!   Enjoy.

 

 

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Head Lettuce-Another week of that delicious Summer Crisp that thrives in the heat.  Huge crunchy heads.

Heat loving summer lettuce in the hoop house.

Heat loving summer lettuce in the hoop house.

Leaf Lettuce-A nice sized bag for salads.  This is the last of the leaf lettuce until Fall.

Pac Choi-A surprise harvest this week.  Tripled in size in 1 week and we thought this would be a few weeks out to harvest.  Great raw or on stir fry.

This weeks pac choi harvest from the hoop house.

This pac choi harvest from the hoop house.

Snacking Cucumber Mix-An assortment of mini thin skinned munchers that we love so much and snacking pickling cucumbers-white beauties too!

Portioning out the snacking cucumbers for the shares.

Portioning out the snacking cucumbers for the shares.

Long Skinny European Cucumber-4 varieties are in the garden and we will have these for many weeks to come.

Summer Onions-We just started the onion harvest and these too will be a staple in the shares for weeks to come.  Sweeter than storage onions.  Keep in the refrigerator.

Red Norland Potatoes-Scott finished the harvest of these 1st early potatoes.  Enjoy!  Nothing better than the 1st potatoes of the season.

Carrots!-A sweet harvest.

Snack Pack carrots ready to be bagged.

Snack Pack carrots ready to be bagged.

Cauliflower-We are thrilled with the cauliflower harvest this year.  Past years were kinda wimpy and we set a quiet goal of improving this year.  It is delicious-really delicious and we eat it for supper almost every night.

BEANS!-Here we go with the bean marathon.  1/2 pound + bags!…..we have never had a crop that the beans were this long.  The plants are loaded.

Beans.....

Beans…..

Beans....

Beans….

....and more beans!  This is only 1/8 of the row!

….and more beans! This is only 1/8 of the row!

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Head Lettuce-Another week of that delicious Summer Crisp that thrives in the heat.  Huge crunchy heads.

Lettuce at harvest.

Lettuce at harvest.

Leaf Lettuce-A big bag of an assorted mix.  The last of the leaf lettuce until Fall.

Pac Choi-A surprise harvest this week.  Tripled in size in 1 week and we thought this would be a few weeks out to harvest.  Great raw or on stir fry.

Pac Choi at harvest.

Pac Choi at harvest.

Pac Choi washing.

Pac Choi washing.

Snacking Cucumber Mix-A big bag of an assorted mix of mini thin skinned munchers that we love so much and snacking pickling cucumbers-white beauties too!

Long Skinny European Cucumber-4 varieties are in the garden and we will have these for many weeks to come.

Summer Onions-We just started the onion harvest and these too will be a staple in the shares for weeks to come.  Sweeter than storage onions.  Keep in the refrigerator.

Red Norland Potatoes-Scott finished the harvest of these 1st early potatoes.  Enjoy!  Nothing better than the 1st potatoes of the season.

Carrots!-A sweet harvest.

Full Share Carrots.  Beautiful!

Full Share Carrots. Beautiful!

Scott portioning off the Full share carrots.

Scott portioning off the Full share carrots.

Cauliflower-We are thrilled with the cauliflower harvest this year.  Past years were kinda wimpy and we set a quiet goal of improving this year.  It is delicious-really delicious and we eat it for supper almost every night.

BEANS!-Here we go with the bean marathon…..1 pound + bags!  We have never had a crop that the beans were this long.  The plants are loaded.

Maeve with this week's bean bounty.

Maeve with the bean bounty.

Portioning off the beans for this week's share.

Portioning off the beans for this week’s share.

Chinese Cabbage-The small Soloist variety that is the perfect size.  Can be eaten raw in salads or stir fry. Long storage life in the refrigerator.

Zucchini-The plants are just starting to kick in.  Several varieties planted and picked small.

Picking Zucchini.

Picking Zucchini.

 

 

Bees busy at work.

Bees busy at work.

 

Maeve packing the zucchini harvest for storage in the cooler.

Maeve packing the zucchini harvest for storage in the cooler.

**Eggplant-ERDMAN FULL SHARE ONLY THIS WEEK-A few early birds to tuck in the shares….

**Raspberries-ERDMAN FULL SHARES ONLY THIS WEEK

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-cabbage, lettuce, beans, garlic, cucumbers, dill, summer squash, ????peppers!, and maybe..

Tomatoes.

Tomatoes.

Holy cow!  Look at that...maybe next week's harvest.

Holy cow! Look at that…maybe next week’s harvest.

Sweet yellow peppers coloring up.

Sweet yellow peppers coloring up.

 

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We enjoyed ourselves this past week in the gardens. Not too hot, not too cold, not too buggy, not too wet.  Just perfect…. Scott cleaned up and prepared the “Pea Patch” and we transformed it into Fall cabbage.

Scott prepping the soil for cabbage planting.

Scott prepping the soil for cabbage planting.

Tilling the rows.

Tilling the rows.

Cabbage planting.

Row 2 of cabbage planting.

Almost at the end of the row....

Almost at the end of the row….

We have 1 more round of Fall transplants from the greenhouse to go in this week as our big project.  Finding the room in the garden is always a problem at this time of year.  It’s all in the timing.  We wait for something to come out and then quickly prepare the area and transplant.

Fall Transplants.

Fall Transplants.

More carrots going in the garden and the the hoop house transplanted again with another round of lettuce after a bounty harvest this past week.

Just transplanted summer head lettuce.

Just transplanted summer head lettuce.

 

Our summer heat loving crops are finally kicking into action and our focus changes to these crops. The cucumber vines are loaded and we crawl down the rows daily.  Beans are just about ready, and it looks to be a good pepper year for us…..and the tomatoes are starting to show color-finally!! 2 weeks behind last year.  All those cold overnight early summer temperatures.

Cucumber on the vine.

Cucumber on the vine.

Green Beans next week!

Green Beans next week!

Peppers!

Peppers!

Monster Bell Peppers!

Monster Bell Peppers!

Paste tomatoes finally showing some color.

Paste tomatoes finally showing some color.

 

1st cherry tomatoes!

1st cherry tomatoes!

SUMMER SHARE #7

Hold on to your forks this week’s share is a bounty!  439 pounds headed out the door today.  Enjoy all of it….Happy Summer!

 

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Head Lettuce-A favorite summer lettuce Costal Star.  Huge summer crisp heads.  Delicious.

Potatoes!-Yes really, Potatoes….and our best harvest ever of the early reds- Red Norland.  Perfect and well over a pound a foot at harvest.  Nothing better than fresh dug potatoes!  Can be steamed, boiled. broiled, fried or smashed.  More to come…

Maeve with the first  potato  harvest of the season.  Over 225 pounds!  Beautiful.

Maeve with the first potato harvest of the season. Over 225 pounds! Beautiful.

Leeks!-Yes really, Summer leeks.  Perfect timing.  We are kinda blown away too how well this worked out.  Potatoes and leeks.  Nothing better.

Snacking Cucumbers- 1st week of picking….A mix this week of several varieties.  Mini thin skinned munchers, small spined american pickling, and the fun salt and peppers.

The white salt and pepper cucumber on the vine.

The white salt and pepper cucumber on the vine.

Cabbage-A perfect mini head for the snack pack share.  We love this mini variety and have grown it for years.  Gonzales.  Sweet and perfect for fresh salads or slaw or added to a stir fry.

Zucchini-The start of zucchini season…..we planted 7 different summer squash varieties and pick them small.

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Head Lettuce-A favorite summer lettuce Costal Star.  Huge summer crisp heads.  Delicious.

Leaf Lettuce-Juicy thick lime colored buttercrunch leaves.  A nice companion to the summer crisp in a mixed salad.

Potatoes!-Yes really, Potatoes….and our best harvest ever of the early reds- Red Norland.  Perfect and well over a pound a foot at harvest.  Nothing better than fresh dug potatoes!  Can be steamed, boiled. broiled, fried or smashed.  More to come…

Leeks!-Yes really, Summer leeks.  Perfect timing.  We are kinda blown away too how well this worked out.  Potatoes and leeks.  Nothing better.

Leek Harvest.  The first of  3 plantings.

Leek Harvest. The first of 3 plantings.

Taking the leeks from the field.

Taking the leeks from the field.

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Field cleaning the leeks before washing.

Field cleaning the leeks before washing.

Snacking Cucumbers- 1st week of picking….A mix this week of several varieties.  Mini thin skinned munchers, small spined american pickling, and the fun salt and peppers.

Salt and peppers cucumber.

Salt and peppers cucumber.

 

 

Fennel-A great additions to this weeks offerings.  Fennel cucumber salad is delicious, fennel cabbage slaw too,  fennel, leek soup potato soup pretty tasty, shaved fennel on fresh greens, grilled or baked fennel as a hot side dish.  Lots of options…We love fennel!

Cabbage-A mid sized head for full share.  Pretty light green color and looser heads for fresh eating or added to stir fry.

Large Leaf Italian Parsley-We had to add it this week with the new baby red potatoes…..

Broccoli-This is the end of the early summer broccoli.

Zucchini-The start of zucchini season…..we planted 7 different summer squash varieties and pick them small.

Raspberries-BARABOO FULL SHARE ONLY THIS WEEK. The main season patch is just starting to ripen…  Raspberry season has begun!

So pretty.

So pretty.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-beans!!!, carrots, head lettuce, potatoes, cauliflower, cucumbers and more…..

Next weeks 1st bean picking....

Next weeks 1st bean picking….

 

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Another Joy FILLED week I am happy to say.  The cooler temperatures make easy work in the gardens.  Pleasurable days spent weeding, watering, planting and harvesting.  We even had a bit of time to do what I like to call “fun weeding”.  We tackled a few areas around the pond and flower gardens.  Areas that are want to’s and not have to’s.

Robin's nest in the grape arbor....beautiful.

Robin’s nest in the grape arbor….beautiful.

 

Scott’s days are spent with a hoe, a sickle bar or weed wacker and I am on my knees most of the time pulling weeds from the garden, transplanting new seedlings or harvesting crops.  We rise extra early (sometimes 4am!) to harvest as the vegetable and leafy greens that are cool from overnight.  We get them washed and tucked in the cooler before the mid day heat sets in.

Removing summer pac choi  transplants from the cells.

Removing summer pac choi transplants from the cells.

Transplanting Pac choi.

Transplanting Pac choi.

A stretch to reach the far row!

A stretch to reach the far row!

 

It was a fantastic week for leafy greens.  They loved the cool nights and mild day temeratures.  Our hoop house looks wonderful and filled with delicious lettuces.

Lettuce growing in the hoop house.

Lettuce growing in the hoop house.

The cooler temperatures also mean we wait and wait and check and check for the warm loving crops.  The beans, zucchini, and cucumbers were slow to develop this week.  The plants are loaded with itty bitty produce waiting for some heat.  We picked the first cucumber and I image we will have a bounty harvest next week.

Maeve picked the first cucumber.....

Maeve picked the first cucumber…..

and then ate it!

and then ate it!

It looks like we are going to have a great pear harvest this year after a few years of little or no fruit due to past cold Spring temperatures and late frosts.  We are excited! Looks like enough to fill a share for everyone…and “put up” a few jars.  Maeve loves pear sauce better than apple sauce.

Pear tree loaded with fruit.

Pear tree loaded with fruit.

Another Pear tree.

Another Pear tree heavy with fruit.

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226 Pounds of garden goodness harvested this week.

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Leaf Lettuce-A big bag of perfect leaf lettuce.  A great week for lettuce growing!  Double rinsed.  Sweet and juicy.  Enjoy!

Leaf lettuce at harvest.

Leaf lettuce at harvest.

Head Lettuce-A beautiful buttercrunch. Thick leaves and delicious.

Skyphos Lettuce in the hoop house.

Skyphos Lettuce in the hoop house.

Carrots-Early summer carrots.  We started harvesting this past week from the patch started in April with more to come.  Remember our theme this summer is Carrots Carrots and more carrots….

The start of the summer carrot harvest.

The start of the summer carrot harvest.

Broccoli-A nice broccoli harvest this week.  Harvesting from 3 different varieties.

Shelling Peas-Eat peas only.  NOT shell.  Snap end, pull string and remove peas.  Excellent raw in salads, or steamed.  This is the end of the peas for the season.  The patch has been cleared and we will replant this week with Fall crops.

Garlic!-Fresh just dug, uncured garlic and delicious…..We couldn’t help ourselves….we had to dig some and peek.   It is going to be a great garlic year. We almost doubled our plantings last Fall and Scott heavily mulched the crop and it is a bounty.  We are firm believers here that you can never have too much garlic.  Enjoy this first taste.

Raspberries-LERDAHL ONLY THIS WEEK.  We have just started the picking.  All shares will receive a 1/2 pint or more by the end of the harvest.

Raspberries!

Raspberries!

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Leaf Lettuce-A JUMBO bag of perfect leaf lettuce.  A great week for lettuce growing!  Double rinsed.  Sweet and juicy.  Enjoy!

Leaf lettuce ready to be cut.

Leaf lettuce ready to be cut.

Head Lettuce-A beautiful buttercrunch. Thick leaves and delicious.

Hauling up the lettuce harvest from the hoop house.

Hauling up the lettuce harvest from the hoop house.

It's 6 am and job is done....

It’s 6 am and job is done….

Carrots-Early summer carrots.  We started harvesting this past week from the patch started in April with more to come.  Remember our theme this summer is Carrots Carrots and more carrots….

Scott field washing the carrots.

Scott field washing the carrots.

 

Garlic!-Fresh just dug, uncured garlic and delicious…..We couldn’t help ourselves….we had to dig some and peek.   It is going to be a great garlic year. We almost doubled our plantings last Fall and Scott heavily mulched the crop and it is a bounty.  We are firm believers here that you can never have too much garlic.  Enjoy this first taste.

 

The garlic cleaner this week.

The garlic cleaner this week.

Broccoli/Cauliflower Combo-A bit of both in the full share this week.

Sugar Snap Peas-Eat Pod and all….this is the end of the peas for the seasons after a fantastic run.  Almost 400 pounds of sugar snap were harvested this year.  WOW!

Cucumbers-Kinda funny…only a few in each share.  An early taste of these tasty mini munchers we love so much.

Raspberries-LERDAHL ONLY THIS WEEK.  We have just started the picking.  All shares will receive a 1/2 pint or more by the end of the harvest.

 

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-cucumbers, fennel, cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, zucchini and more……

 

 

 

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Another happy and productive week in the garden. Ample rain at just the right times and the crops are all responding well.  Lots of changes everyday….and fun!  So much to see.

Peppers forming.

Peppers forming.

 

Eggplant flowering.

Eggplant flowering.

Cantalope blossoms on the vine.

Cantalope blossoms on the vine.

Early raspberries

Early raspberries.

Cucumbers!

Cucumbers!

The story repeats itself this week of weed, weed and more weeding.  But, it does feel good to be in front of things and it sure does look good. All our onions our now weed free (FINALLY) and glad that job is done as it is fussy and takes forever!  Our sweet summer onions are starting to head up and we are looking forward to the first harvest in a few weeks.

Sweet summer onions.

Sweet summer onions.

We quickly weeded our way through all the cauliflower in the back gardens and had a nice surprise.

Caulflower heading up.

Caulflower heading up.

Our garlic looks fantastic this year and so do the potatoes.  We have missed both of these items in our dinners for several months.  Maeve asked when we were going to have mashed potatoes again this week and I could finally respond “soon”.

The tomatoes are several inches if not a foot taller than last year at this time when we look at the photos.  The crop looks strong and healthy and loaded with blossoms and baby tomatoes forming.

Tomatoes on the trellis.

Tomatoes on the trellis.

Tomatoes forming.

Tomatoes forming.

We are seeding in many late crops in the garden….and will start transplanting again this week the crops started in the greenhouse. Crazy that our thoughts are drifting to Autumn already.

 

All Carrots!

All Carrots!

Baby transplants in the greenhouse.

Baby transplants in the greenhouse.

We hope a few members tried Kale Crisps last week as we sure are enjoying this quick summer snack at our house.  Better than potato chips!

Maeve polishing off another bowl of Kale Crisps.

Maeve polishing off another bowl of Kale Crisps.

 

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Todays garden bounty…..310 pounds!  Enjoy!!!

A reminder…..please return your share bag and any reusable packaging for future use.  Thanks!

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Swiss Chard-Hoop house grown and oh so tender.  Much different than field grown chard.  Eat stems and all if you choose.  This is the end of the chard until Fall as we have pulled the crop.  Summer chard is not as tasty.  Slightly bitter and woody.  A new crop is started in the greenhouse now and we will harvest again in the Fall.

Chard washed and ready to be bundled

Chard washed and ready to be bundled

Collard Greens-A HUGE! favorite of mine.  It maked the best coleslaw ever!! And I like to use it for my “bread” with sandwiches or as a roll up.  Cut the center rib and use as you would loaf bread or wraps.

Collard greens harvest from a wet garden.

Collard greens harvest from a wet garden.

Head lettuce-A crispy, deep green summer romaine from the hoop house.

Sugar Snap Peas-Another bounty harvest from the patch!  Enjoy fresh is best or lightly steamed.

Picking the sugarsnaps.

Picking the sugarsnaps.

Chinese Cabbage-An early mini head variety.  Great in fresh salads or delicious in stir fries.  LONG storage life in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator in a plastic bag.

Garlic Scapes-Last bundle of these little treats for the season.

Bundling up the last harvest of the garlic scapes.

Bundling up the last harvest of the garlic scapes.

Broccoli-The start of the harvest from the early broccoli patch.  BARABOO SNACK PACK ONLY THIS WEEK.

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Swiss Chard-A nice big bunch….Hoop house grown and oh so tender.  Much different than field grown chard.  Eat stems and all if you choose.  This is the end of the chard until Fall as we have pulled the crop.  Summer chard is not as tasty.  Slightly bitter and woody.  A new crop is started in the greenhouse now and we will harvest again in the Fall.

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Pretty bundles ready to be tucked in this week’s Full Shares.

Collard Greens-A HUGE! favorite of mine.  It maked the best coleslaw ever!! And I like to use it for my “bread” with sandwiches or as a roll up.  Cut the center rib and use as you would loaf bread or wraps.

Collard greens in the wash tank.  The water pools on the leaves and looks like silver.

Collard greens in the wash tank. The water pools on the leaves and looks like silver.

Head lettuce-A crispy, deep green summer romaine from the hoop house.

Sugar Snap Peas-Another bounty harvest from the patch!  Enjoy fresh is best or lightly steamed.

Sugar snap harvest.  AND! that pretty visor again....

Sugar snap harvest. AND! that pretty visor again….

Shelling Peas!-A nice big container. A lot of work to shell but delicious.  Eat peas only.  NOT shell.  Enjoy fresh in salads or lightly steamed with salt and butter.

Chinese Cabbage-An early mini head variety.  Great in fresh salads or delicious in stir fries.  LONG storage life in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator in a plastic bag.

 

Scott double rinsing the chinese cabbage.

Scott double rinsing the chinese cabbage.

 

Chinese Cabbage soaking in the wash tank.

Chinese Cabbage soaking in the wash tank.

Garlic Scapes-Last bundle of these little treats for the season.

Kohlrabi-Another snappy treat to add to this weeks salads.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-carrots!, leaf lettuce, sugar snaps, broccoli, mini cabbage heads and more…..

Next week's carrot harvest.

Next week’s carrot harvest.

 

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A perfect rain- a little over an inch!  A great way to start the week.

 

Another powerhouse week in the garden.  The theme for the week was weeding and more weeding and then weed some more.  We stuck with it every day and it looks great!  It’s cool to have long long rows of carrots but daunting to have long long rows of carrots that need fussy weeding and thinning.  But, I stuck with it for hours and am happy to say we have 10 70 foot rows of weed free carrots that look perfect.

1 of the weed free carrot beds.

1 of the weed free carrot beds.

Another day was spent going through the summer onion bed and it too is weed free and looking strong.  We increased our plantings this year with hopes of a bounty crop later in the season.  All fussy work and oh so slow but worth it.

When we were not weeding our days away we were prepping another carrot/beet bed to plant this week for a late season harvest.

Maeve "watering in" the new carrot bed with a sqirt gun.

Maeve “watering in” the new carrot bed with a squirt gun.

The hoop house is just about transformed to summer lettuce now that the last Asian greens were harvested.  Several rotations of lettuce planted and 2 more going in this week.

Transplanted lettuce that went in were we harvest the last of the Asian Greens.

Transplanted lettuce that went in where we harvested the last of the Asian Greens.

Other fun news around the garden.  We are seeing the shift to summer crops and soon to follow harvest.  The cucumbers and peppers are flowering and setting fruit and I bet we will pick our first zucchini this week!

Cucumber plants are climbing up the trellis and flowering.

Cucumber plants are climbing up the trellis and flowering.

1st zucchini!

1st zucchini!

 

AND! take a look at this…..

Tomatoes!

Tomatoes!

The greenhouse is filling up again with flats seeded in for late season plantings….I mentioned to Scott when I finished the seeding that I felt like I started a whole new garden again.  Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, herbs, leafy greens, and more are all germinated and ready for Fall eating.

A summer pac choi that we will harvest in 45 days,  Crazy that we will be eating this in early August!

A summer pac choi that we will harvest in 45 days, Crazy that we will be eating this in early August!

Look what else is happening in the berry patch….

1st raspberry!  The patch is finally established and the plants are loaded.

1st raspberry! The patch is finally established and the plants are loaded.

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A great share this week AGAIN!  Enjoy…..248 pounds of delicious garden produce!

 

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Sugar Snap Pea Bonanza!-A fantastic harvest of this favorite crop.  We planted long rows of 2 varieties.  Sweet and delicious.

Sugar snaps chilled and ready to be portioned for the shares.

Sugar snaps chilled and ready to be portioned for the shares.

Sugar snap on the vine....

Sugar snap on the vine….

Scott picking the shorter variety of sugar snap.

Scott picking the shorter variety of sugar snap.

Kale-A favorite in our house.  A big assorted bunch.  We planted many varieties this year.  Try baked Kale Crisps in the oven.  Maeve eats big bowls and thinks they are better than potato chips.  Also, a fresh salad of Kale is delicious.  Remove the center rib, tear apart the leaves, rub with olive oil and let sit a bit.  Then create a delicious salad with your favorite additions.  Also, a kale bean soup is tasty.

Washed Kale ready to be bundled.

Washed Kale ready to be bundled.

Kohlrabi-2 in every share of this snappy treat.  Peel and eat fresh.

Kohlrabi washing.

Kohlrabi washing.

Asian Green- This pretty, bright lime green variety is called Tokyo Bekana.  It has light ruffled leaves and tastes a bit like a fluffy chinese cabbage.  Add to a mixed salad to add “loft” or all on its own.

Garlic Scapes-Another round of these tasty treats.  We love to saute in olive oil and use as we would garlic.  Long storage life in the crisper drawer in a sealed plastic bag.

Arugula- A snappy bag of this peppery green.  A mildly spicy green that is a nice addition to a fresh salad or fantastic as a pizza topping.

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Sugar Snap Pea Bonanza!-A fantastic harvest of this favorite crop.  We planted long rows of 2 varieties.  Sweet and delicious.

Harvest from 1/2 row sugar snap.....I know "nice visor"-I'm trying harder this year to keep the sun off my face.

Harvest from 1/2 row sugar snap…..I know “nice visor” Pretty…..I’m trying this year to keep the sun off my face.

Portioning the Peas for this weeks share.

Portioning the Peas for this weeks share.  Hey, look out the window- it’s dark out….we don’t go to bed until everything is portioned and ready for share packing in the morning.  It’s 10:00!

Kale-A favorite in our house.  A big assorted bunch.  We planted 7 varieties this year.  Try baked Kale Crisps in the oven.  Maeve eats big bowls and thinks they are better than potato chips.  Also, a fresh salad of Kale is delicious.  Remove the center rib, tear apart the leaves, rub with olive oil and let sit a bit.  Then create a delicious salad with your favorite additions.  Also, a kale bean soup is tasty.

Kohlrabi-2 in every share of this snappy treat.  Peel and eat fresh.

Asian Green- This pretty, bright lime green variety is called Tokyo Bekana.  It has light ruffled leaves and tastes a bit like a fluffy chinese cabbage.  Add to a mixed salad to add “loft” or all on its own.

Garlic Scapes-Another round of these tasty treats.  We love to saute in olive oil and use as we would garlic.  Long storage life in the crisper drawer in a sealed plastic bag.

Broccoli-Well, this is a surprise….I was harvesting the kohlrabi and looked over and a few earlbird broccoli plants decided to head up.  Enjoy this first little taste of more to come.  3 varieties are planted in the field now and 4 more to go in yet.

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Beets-A sweet bundle of these pretty gems from the hoop house.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-lettuce, chinese cabbage, sugar snap peas, shelling peas, and more…..

Belated Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads in the CSA.  Hope you had a wonderful day yesterday with your children.

Maeve and Scott.  We take a picture in this exact smae spot on father's day every year.

Maeve and Scott. We take a picture in this  spot on Father’s day every year.

 

 

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We have crested the hill and the bulk of the garden is now in and the greenhouse cleared out of first wave transplants.  It feels good to see a full garden and an empty greenhouse.  As usual we had our early season “we’ve run out of space!” and Scott had to till up an edge for a few more zucchini I wanted to get in.  All is well.

Carrots are weeded and we are pleased.  Really pleased……  In season’s past we have lost a few beds of carrots as we were not able to stay on top of the early weeding.  This year we were not going to let that happen-no matter what!

Our melon patch is in.  We finished up right before a few days of perfect rain.   3 varieties of cantalope and 6 varieties of watermelon were planted in the patch.  We are looking forward to a bounty this summer.

Finishing up the melon patch.

Finishing up the melon patch.  We plant on landscape fabric with irrigation.  An electric fence surrounds the patch to keep unwanted visitors out.

The job is done!

The job is done!

During the many rainstorms we transplanted lettuce in the hoophouse….

Lettuce transplanting.

Lettuce transplanting.

Early crops look strong and healthy.  Garlic looks fantastic this year and we started cutting the scapes  (in the shares this week), 3 rotations of beans are in and 1 is starting to flower and the cabbage is starting to look like cabbage.

Cabbage starting to head.

Cabbage starting to head.

 

This week’s big deal is weeding through all those onions planted in early Spring.  Our focus for a few days I’m sure.   The organic sweet potato slips will also arrive later this week and we will get those planted for a Autumn treat.  We ordered 250 more slips this year in anticipation of a bounty crop.  We also selected an additional variety that has purple skin and a lighter flesh color as a fun treat.

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A full cooler all ready for Scott to pack up Monday morning.

A full cooler all ready for Scott to pack up Monday morning.

WOW!  396 pounds of garden goodness going home with members today.

 

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Carrots-Yes!  More of those sweet baby carrots.  Enjoy.

Carrots drying after they were washed.

Carrots drying after they were washed.

Leaf Lettuce-A nice big bag of assorted leafy greens.

Scott weighing out the leaf lettuce.

Scott weighing out the leaf lettuce.

Swiss Chard-A colorful bunch of hoophouse grown juicy stalks.

Radish Medley-2 variety mix.  Long French Breakfast and pretty red globes.  This is is the END of the radish run until Fall.  Phew!  I am sure we are all about radished out…..  Radishes store well in the crisper drawer in a sealed plastic bag.

Pac Choi-A delicious head called Win Win.

Harvesting Pac Choi from the hoop house.

Harvesting Pac Choi from the hoop house.

Garlic Scapes-Those funny green curly things.  These are the tops of the garlic plant cut to promote head developement.  Tastes just like garlic.  Use just like garlic cloves in your meal preparation.

Garlic scapes in the plant.

Garlic scapes at harvest.

Sugar Snap Peas!-A sweet pint.  Eat Pod and all.  The season is just starting with many weeks to come.  ENJOY!

The pea picker this week.

The pea picker this week.

 

Look at that!

Look at that!

Basil Plant-Dark green Italian variety or a sweet cinnamon variety that tastes great with salads or fruit.

 

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Carrots-Yes!  More of those sweet baby carrots.  Enjoy.

Scott getting ready to weigh out the carrots to be bagged.

Scott getting ready to weigh out the carrots.

Leaf Lettuce-A nice big bag of assorted leafy greens.

Swiss Chard-A colorful bunch of hoophouse grown juicy stalks.

Radish Medley-2 variety mix.  Long French Breakfast and pretty red globes.  This is is the END of the radish run until Fall. PHEW! I am sure we are all about radished out.  Radishes store well in the crisper drawer in a sealed plastic bag.

Pac Choi-A few delicious heads called Win Win.

Pac Choi cut and ready to be transported to the washing station.

Pac Choi cut and ready to be transported to the washing station.

Garlic Scapes-Those funny green curly things.  These are the tops of the garlic plant cut to promote head developement.  Tastes just like garlic.  Use just like garlic cloves in your meal preparation.

The long garlic rows.

The long garlic rows.

Sugar Snap Peas!-A big box to enjoy all week.  Delicious.  Eat pod and all.

Peas!

Peas!

Spinach-The end of the Spring Spinach. Scott followed behind and pulled the crop as I harvested.  A great season of spinach from the hoophouse.  4 plantings….We started cutting this crop in early April.  Spinach will return in the Fall.

Rhubarb-A nice big bundle for a pie or crisp.

Rhubarb harvest

Rhubarb harvest.

Basil Plant-Dark green Italian variety or a sweet cinnamon variety that tastes great with salads or fruit.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-peas, kohlrabi, kale, Tokyo Bekana (asian green), collards, arugula and more….

 

 

 

 

 

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We had a great week!  All the tomatoes are in and happy. We are very happy to have this big job done..  Scott got the trellis up and I quickly followed behind with the plants.  We blasted through the job and got it completed in short order.

Scott putting the trellis up for the tomatoes.

Scott putting the trellis up for the tomatoes.

Planting the slicer tomatoes

Planting the slicer tomatoes.

We have added another row of slicing tomatoes this year looking forward to a jumbo harvest later in Summer.

Long rows of peppers went in and eggplant too.  We planted another round of beans and got all the celery in close to dark one evening.   A heavy week of planting but nice to see the garden filling up.  We are on top of the weeding or at least more on top of it than in years past.  We still are working our way through the long fussy carrot rows but hopefully this week we will have hit the end.  Our friend Barbara came for a few hours and made her way down the rows with me and we appreciated the help.

The shade cloth is on the hoop house and it has dramatically lowered the temperature in there.  Protection for all the delicious leafy greens as the hoophouse fully transitions to our “salad house” for the summer.

The big theme around here this summer is carrots and more carrots…..and more.  We are going to be carrot maniacs all summer long.  So our first carrot harvest of the season of many has begun.

We thought we would try something new…..Enjoy!

A HUGE thank you to Amy for the help in getting this into the blog.

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A fantastic harvest this week from the gardens.  265 pounds of produce packed this week.  Enjoy!

SNACK PACK #2

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Spinach-Another juicy bag of our hoop house spinach harvest.  This crop has been a powerhouse this Spring but may be coming to an end with the projected hot weather this week.

Head Lettuce-A pretty bronze head called Outrageous.

Head lettuce at harvest.

Head lettuce at harvest.

Asian Greens Mix-A  spicy mix that can be added to a mix greens salad or sauted.  Beautiful color and texture.

Radish-A big bag of red gems named Sora.

Radish harvesting.

Radish harvesting.

Turnips!!-We LOVE these tasty treats….great flavor and texture.

Harvesting the turnips.

Harvesting the turnips.

Carrots-We planted these mini TRUE baby carrots (4 varieties) in March for an early jump on the season.  They are delicious and what a change from grocery store carrots. Maeve calls store bought carrots “fake carrots”.  Enjoy the garden just picked flavor.  A treat!

Scott harvesting the baby carrots.

Scott harvesting the baby carrots.

Maeve "helping" with the carrot harvest.

Maeve “helping” with the carrot harvest.

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Spinach-Another jumbo harvest from the hoophouse.  This may be the last week due to expected high temperatures.

Head Lettuce-A beautiful lime green head named Panisse.

Asian Green Mix-A  spicy mix that can be added to a mixed salad or sauted.  Beautiful color and texture.

Scott washing the spicy Asian Greens.

Scott washing the spicy Asian Greens.

Asian Greens Mix 2-A mild mix of light colored greens.  Combine with the spicy for a great fresh salad or saute.

Radish-A big bag of red gems named Sora.

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Turnips!!-We LOVE these tasty treats….great flavor and texture.

Carrots-We planted these mini TRUE baby carrots (4 varieties) in March for an early jump on the season.  They are delicious and what a change from grocery store carrots.  Enjoy!

Loading the carrots into the washing machine.

Loading the carrots into the washing machine.

Wash.

Wash.

 

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Carlton-An Asian Green.  Very dark green leaves.  Traditionally used in Japan in stir fries and soups.  Can be eaten raw in salads to add a bit of crunch.  Long storage life in the refrigerator sealed in a plastic bag.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-leaf lettuce, swiss chard, baby kale, pac choi, carrots, rhubarb and….maybe….

Look what is happening in the garden!

Look what is happening in the garden!  PEAS!

 

 

 

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