News from the farm: June 25, 2008

What's going on at the farm?

Hello Folks! 6/25/2008 Week 9 of 20

It is hard to believe that it is almost July and that we are almost half way through the CSA year! I am happy with the season so far, the weather, and how crops as I hope you are. We have a lot of cleaning up to do at the farm right now, as we are saying goodbye to a lot of the spring crops. We take up the irrigation in the zones we are finished with, then mow down the any part of the crop that may remain. Next we take the tractor and go through the zone with the Disc Harrow attached to it, this works the organic matter into the soil. Depending on how much organic matter is in the area will depend if we need to wait a week or two for it to break down in the soil before we sow a cover crop in that area. A cover crop is something organic growers use on an area while there are not cash crops growing their to help improve the soil. A cover crop is not harvested, but rather worked back into the ground to improve on the amount of organic matter their is in the soil. We have about 3/4 of an acre that is ready to be worked up and have a cover crop sown now that we have said goodbye to the spring crops. Once we harvest all of the onions for drying and a few other things, we will have another 1/2 acre to add to that. Speaking of harvesting onions for drying, we are planning on doing that this Thursday into next week, since the green tops we have been including with them in your shares are starting to die down, the sign they are reaching maturity. By drying I mean 'curing' and by that I mean basically when you get them next they will have the papery skin that you are familiar with when you buy them at the grocery store. They store this way for a good couple of months so you will still receive onions in your shares until the end of the season.

Produce:
I hope you are going to enjoy the potatoes and tomatoes this week, I excited about both. I am thrilled that the tomatoes are about two weeks early for us this year, as I have been enjoying many of them. I love to make a lemon cucumber salad with tomatoes each day for lunch with Sesame Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, salt and pepper and basil. Yum. I hope you enjoy the lemon cucumbers as I find them to be so refreshing. We have had a lot of nice cabbage this year but this will be your last delivery of it so do it up. Next week you will receive more tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, onions, and possibly cantaloupe or watermelon and eggplant. We will have a little break from summer squash as we have a slight gap in our plantings but you will see more soon enough.

I hope you are all enjoying everything, please send any thoughts or comments to my email. Thanks! Elise.

What's in the box?

Full Box
Crop Amount Price
Total $24.75
Potatoes Reddale 3lbs. $6.75
Tomatoes Big Beef
2-2.5 lbs.
$7
Lemon Cucumbers 2 lbs. $4
Onions One Red One White $3
Red Cabbage A little bigger $3
Basil A little bit $1
Half Box
Crop Amount Price
Total $14.50
Potatoes Reddale or Rose Gold 2 lb. $4.50
Tomatoes Big Beef or Pink Girl
1-1.5 lb.
$4
Lemon Cucumbers 1 lb. $2
Onions One White$1.50
Red Cabbage A little smaller $1.50
Basil A little bit $1