So, last week at my CSA drop in Framingham, I had a good experience answering people’s burning questions about what’s this or that. It was actually fun and I think you are the most wonderful group to go ahead and experiment with food even when you aren’t sure what it is. One year I had a gal call and ask about a small bunch of greens, bundled and elasticized, to inquire if they were edible or poisonous. It was kind of amusing to think of us bundling up nightshade or monkshood and putting it in the boxes. Well, it is always good to be sure! I’ll try to put pictures of veggies up on the blog so you can see what they look like. I know descriptions can be less than adequate. The most FAQ were about the Golden Zuccini, Cousa, and Red Russian Kale. Do you know what they are yet?
You should start seeing tomatoes now. There will be just a few to start, but then there should be a lot. Let’s all use our positive group thought to keep the blight and other disease at bay. We have started digging potatoes, as well, and they really are marvelous. We are still picking heaps of squash and cukes—so really, enjoy them while you can. The blueberries are awesome too and I hope you have many weeks of them in your box! It looks like a few things like beans and corn may be ready toward the end of this week, so if you don’t see them this week, hopefully they’ll be in the box next week.
Yes, it’s been hot and dry. We are all hoping for a shower to give a much needed drink to the corn and some of the other crops. In general things look really good. The heat has been more stressful than the lack of rain but now we are back to 80s, so it is good. The searing 100 degrees in the field causes plants to look wilted (it’s protective to have less exposure) and I saw a bit of sunscald on the peppers. There’s nothing to help that, so we’ll toss those fruits and wait for the next set. Later in the season, the plants would have be bigger with more foliage, providing more protection but also needing more water.. So, it will work out.
We are planning an open house and potluck on July 25th. Yes, that’s a Sunday and if you are a Sunday picker-upper, you can arrange to get your veggies here. We will be teaming up with Kate’s Open Barn, as well so it is a good time to see both farms.
The details: As always, all are welcome. We have a lot of earth to cover so we have split the day into two parts. Please join us for veggies and fruit at our New Braintree Farm during the morning, a midday summer’s feast (let’s try to eat at noon) and then a visit with the animals during the afternoon at our Hardwick Farm. Folks are welcome to join us at your own leisure at either location, or a group will be leaving the New Braintree Farm after the potluck, at 1pm, and travel to the Hardwick Farm. Directions are posted on our site. The two farms are approximately 15-20 minutes of country driving from each other!