May19th: CSA week 5, farm update from Jessica:
Springing Into Summer:
The spring has been a rather eventful time on the farm, and we have been going nonstop since I started back in March. We are just about to plant our last round of lettuce (yes more greens!), and that will be our last crop of spring. Time is flying! As the lettuce goes into the ground, so do more and more seeds of summer. Friday, marked our first day of directly seeded summer crops of okra and winter squash to accompany the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, summer squash, and cucumbers that are already in the ground company. As the weekend ends and Monday (today) begins, we will have beans and corn in the ground along with some melons. It is neat to see all of the summer crops growing alongside all of the pre-existing spring crops that will be out of the ground and into your baskets shortly. Soon you all will be seeing fennel, kohlrabi, beets, carrots, celery, and some beautiful heads of cabbage in your CSA share.
I find it a bit hectic but beautiful that we are still harvesting and tending to spring plants at the same time that we are thinking about summer and getting the fields prepped for the fruits that the next few months will bring. Hectic: one day we will weed the carrots, and the next we will trellis the tomatoes. Beautiful: we will still be harvesting carrots at the same time the tomato plants will begin to put on fruit. What a cool woman Mother Nature truly is.
But what about more broccoli and what did you do with all of the cauliflower?
Some of you may have seen the photos of broccoli and cauliflower that we have posted to Facebook, but what we post is just about all we can harvest. So here is the story…
As you all know, when you become a shareholder of a farm, you feel the ups and downs alongside the farmer – because you all are just as important in the growing process as the four of us are. At the beginning of the lives of the small broccoli and cauliflower plants, their small root systems were introduced to what is commonly called “root rot”. Root rot stems from either a fungus already present in the soil that infects the roots and causes the root systems to not develop, or by simply being waterlogged. Since our broccoli and cauliflower are in the same fields as other plants that have and are flourishing, we are not too sure of the exact cause, but believe that the recent cold snaps and tremendous amounts of rain are what caused the initial infection. With that said, the cauliflower and broccoli have bounced back and are beginning to produce lovely small florets, but not enough yet to share with you all. However, you may be seeing some broccoli and cauliflower greens in your shares soon. We have two more rounds of broccoli in the ground that are big and beautiful; so have no fear, broccoli will appear! Cauliflower, on the other hand, will make its appearance sporadically at the farmer’s market.
Another crop that has not been too successful on the farm is spinach. It too will make a few appearances at the farmer’s market, but our harvest will not be very plentiful. However, chard is a great spinach substitute in recipes and salads, and we have plenty of chard!