Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The farm is getting a nice soaking today. Fortunately I had some work to do in the greenhouse. Harvest wasn't actually all that bad. I wore my rain gear which kept me dry and cozy, except for my hands, but that was miles better than the wet feet I sloshed around with on Tuesday. I potted up tomatoes today, as well as peppers. The peppers I seeded didn't actually germinate for some reason (old seed?) but fortunately Sauvie Island Organics had an extra flat after they potted up theirs. I'm very grateful to have a good network of farmer friends who can help me out when problems come up.
In the share today is the first of the lettuce. Teeny heads of emerald oak and flashy lightning are cut from what the slugs left behind in the first planting. The slugs have been worse this spring than I remember, it's probably just selective memory though. The raab continues, although this is probably its last week. You'll notice that it's a bit thinner and more open than it's been in the past two weeks, the plants are getting desperate to make flowers since I keep stealing all of the buds. To round out this week's share is a bunch of Hakurei turnips with the greens.
All this rain is good for the short term. I need to order irrigation supplies for this season and I haven't done that yet. I should probably get that done before it stops raining.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
My good weather luck ran out today, and I made the mistake of walking through the wet grass first thing this morning before I had put on my rain boots. Yes, I had wet feet all day, oh well. I also checked on some of the very early brassica seedings, most of which have been decimated by slugs, ouch. I'll have to think through a little reseeding.
I did manage to prep a few beds and get some beet and arugula seed in the ground, despite a bit of drizzle this afternoon. Another round of lettuce went into the ground, and another round went into the greenhouse as well. I guess I wasn't that unlucky after all.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Today is the day I run the shares to town by bike. I've actually completed almost half of the 37 miles at this point (and the electric assist battery is half discharged after some nasty headwinds and the hill up the St. John's bridge). As I write I'm dropping the shares on my porch in St. Johns before making the final run into town. I left the farm early to make sure I have enough time. I did manage to hoe the garlic and onions before I took off though. I'll give a longer review of the bike soon - I'm super excited about it and getting to test it out for a week has been incredibly educational.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
This is perhaps the biggest spring share I can every remember giving out, much bigger than I originally intended. I don't want to intimidate anyone with an excess of vegetables, or set unrealistic expectations for future shares, but there was so much good stuff in the field that wasn't going to hold that I felt like I should share the bounty. Most of it will hold well in the refrigerator, so if it doesn't get used right away, that's fine.
There are two kinds of raab, kale and collards. These are the flower buds of the overwintered plants, along with some stem and small leaves. It's all super tasty, super nutritious and only available for a short window of time in the spring. I like it chopped coarsely, sauteed with a bit of olive oil and salt (I like most things that way). There's a huge head of frisee, which is really the thing that makes the share super big. These are leftover from winter, and are from the same planting that I've been harvesting since late last fall. They've changed a bit over time and are very dense and well blanched. I'm still enjoying these heads as a raw salad. It needs a bit of extra washing because they're so tight that they're holding a bit of extra soil in the creases. Another great salad "green" is Ruby Streaks mustard. This is very mild and delicate, and very red. A small bunch of chives could spice up your dressing, or a bit of yogurt or butter, or maybe flavor some biscuits. Finally, a good number of Pink Beauty radishes would also go well in salad, or maybe even better on a butter and radish sandwich. The greens are good cooked as well, not that you need any more greens, but they are good.
It was rainy in the field this afternoon, on and off, even a bit of hail. I did manage to get some sod stripped from beds that will be planted next week, weather permitting. Those beds are destined for kale and beets, and maybe a bit more spinach. I'm hoping for some nice, warm, dry days next week. Might be wishful thinking.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Before every harvest day I have to remember to turn the bags inside out and wash them. Turning them inside out makes sure that nothing is hiding I the bag, and I suspect that it helps clean the inside better. I always notice the bags that CSA friend Sarah D. Spent time stitching up. The bags are cheap and come with raw edges on the fabric which frays in the wash. The extra stitching really helps prevent that so it makes me happy every time I see it, and reminds me of Sarah and all of the rest if the CSA community that contributes in small ways, which also makes me happy.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
It's been so wet and cold so far this spring but I've been relatively lucky with the weather on my few work days and yesterday's weather was perfect. More lettuce got planted, spinach, some fill in peas, radishes were seeded and so were mustard greens. It looks like there will be lots of raab and even radishes for Thursday's share, maybe even a few other items.