We finally got some rain! Not much, but enough to allow the garden and I to breath a sigh of relief. Hopefully, with an entire week of possible thunderstorms in the forecast we’ll get a little more and everything will grow grow grow (I’m looking at you carrots). The summer squash responded quickly, so there should be an abundance of good sized fruits this week and in the weeks to come. I try to harvest them small because they are more tender that way, but I know some people like the big ones for baking or spiralizing, so I will send any monsters along that I miss harvesting fast enough.
I will also be sending along the first eggplants this week, they are producing early this year thanks to the heat! Also thanks to the heat, there will be some wild purslane back by popular demand. For those of you who don’t know this tasty weed, it is packed with all sorts of good for you things like Omega 3 fatty acids (https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/purslane.html) in a tart lemony package that can be easily tossed on a salad or in a green drink.
Speaking of unusual vegetables, the little round UFO in your share this week is Kohlrabi, it is in the same family as Broccoli and Cauliflower and is a perfect crunchy treat on a hot day. Just peel and slice and eat it raw or grate it into a salad or roast it if you like.
A couple of notes for everyone about the pick-ups:
For on-farm members, we are pushing the start time to 3:30pm (from 3:00) as it seems like everyone comes a little later this year and I don’t want the veggies sitting out longer than they have to.
Toronto members, last week things ran out early! I don’t know if I just miscounted, or if some people didn’t remember what share size they have, or if we have neighbourhood veggies thieves. I will try bunching things this week, which will hopefully make it easier for me to keep count and have someone there as much as possible to keep an eye on things. If you aren’t sure what share size you have, please double check! So sorry to anyone who missed out. Let me know and I’ll make it up to you.
This Week’s Share:
- Summer Squash
- Swiss Chard
- Baby Kohlrabi
- Green Onions
- Kale or Collards