Friday, 27 July 2012

CSA Week 8 - Mee this week's vegetables

  • 1 quart mixed snap beans
  • 1 quart mixed tomatoes
  • 1 sweet pepper
  • 1 Hungarian yellow hot wax pepper
  • 1 eggplant — The key to great eggplant is eating it fresh.
  • 1 sweet onion — This variety is Walla Walla, one of our favorites
  • Arugula  — Have you tried it wilted over pasta, or perhaps an eggplant parmesan? Delicious!
  • Garlic
  • Fresh parsley and oregano

Monday, 23 July 2012

CSA Week 7 — Meet this week's vegetables

  • 1 large zuchinni
  • Mesclun salad mix
  • 1 bunch nantes carrots
  • 1 sweet pepper
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard
  • 1 hot pepper This one is a Hungarian yellow hot wax.
  • Sweet Spanish onion
  • 1 quart bush beans — We've mixed together yellow green and royal burgundy beans.
  • 1 pint mixed cherry tomatoes —First of the season! The yellow ones are Sun Gold, one of our favorites.
  • 1 head garlic

Friday, 13 July 2012

CSA Week 6 Meet this week's vegetables

  • Pint of sugar snap peas 
  • Red beets
  • Green pepper
  • Zuchinni
  • Patty-pan summer squash
  • Head lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet Spanish onion
  • Garlic
  • Parsley

Drought year 2

We're into our second summer in a row of drought conditions in July. The difference this year is that we started out dry, compared to a record-setting wet spring last year.
What a change from the first three summers on our farm which were incredibly wet.  July of 2010 was topped off with a storm which dumped almost a foot of rain in 24 hours!
When you're growing vegetables, especially the kind of growing that we do which relies on the replanting and germination of crops throughout the growing season, water is essential. We've invested heavily in the last couple of years in irrigation, including a drip system, and our new micro-sprinkler setup (above).

Friday, 6 July 2012

CSA Week 5 - Meet this week's vegetables

  • Summer salad mix
  • Heirloom carrot Mix — Some of our customers juice or make other use of the carrot tops, but for longer storage in the refrigerator, take the tops off and store carrots in a sealed container to prevent them from going soft.
  • 1 pint sweet peas — Unlike the sugar snaps and snow peas we also grow, sweet peas need to be shelled. Summer candy from the garden, each with it's own wrapper!
  • Sweet Spanish onion 
  • Red Russian kale — Many kale connoisseurs prefer this variety over all others for its' tenderness and flavour, even in summer heat. In our house, this  makes a frequent addition to fried a zucchini.
  • Patty pan summer squash — Great sliced and fried like zucchini, or try it marinated on the BBQ.
  • Fresh Russian red garlic! — Our first pickings of the year! The stem has not dried down yet, so you can use the stem as you would a green onion. 
  • 1 bunch basil