How are the boxes working out? Have you mastered opening and or collapsing them without tearing and destroying? Let’s be nice to the planet by making these boxes last as long as possible, thanks. ☺ We need more volunteers! It is super helpful to have a volunteer on hand to help get names checked off, pass out letters, help collapse boxes, chat about what’s in the box, etc. It is also to be involved on another level, and can be insightful too. If you don’t see the sign up sheet at your pickup, ask.
Once we start with potatoes, you will generally see them weekly. They will keep in a cool, dark place (not the fridge) for weeks and weeks if you want to save them. Since the moisture content in new potatoes is so high, you have to keep them in something that allows them to breathe, otherwise the skin will mold. Right now we are digging mostly Red Norland or Yukon Gold.
But let’s talk about how exciting the first corn is!!!! The corn is delish and is all I need for lunch on these busy, hot days. We encourage you to plan on corn for dinner/supper on your pickup day. We pick it every day so that you never get a day old ear. We don’t grow any supersweet varieties, as what is offered in every supermarket. Those varieties have been bred to have a hard pericarp so they will maintain a full appearance, and a very high sugar content, so they will remain sweet after a week on the display. These varieties are always tough, seem to need longer cooking and don’t actually “taste” like corn. Yes, I am a corn snob and, as with many vegetables and fruits, the breeding to make them last longer in the store not only ruins the flavor, but ruins people’s taste buds. Most often when I talk with people who aren’t crazy about corn, or can take or leave a tomato, it’s because they have been brought up on old corn and hard pink tomatoes. Some things are meant only to be enjoyed when they are in season. So, enjoy! Fresh corn (meaning picked today and not a “supersweet” hybrid) cooks very quickly, check it after 4 minutes. You may, from time to time, see a worm in the corn. Though Glenn tries hard to control the little buggers, and we also try not to pick any ears that looked damaged, you can’t have low or no spray without a few from time to time. Worms happen.
Someone got rain on Sunday…it wasn’t us. We’ve got the irrigation running on the tomatoes and, at this point, we have to hope the wells hold out. It looks to cool off on Thursday, so perhaps Wednesday evening will bring rain. (NOPE)
The ducklings are growing quickly and had a lot to say to the pack of frog hunters running around the pond the other day. Reid, Faith, Trace, and their friends caught up with several Bullfrogs, Green frogs and Leopard Frogs, and released them all back into the pond, of course.
We are taking orders for cases of cucumbers and squash. You can order from the farmigo store online, or send me an email if you have difficulty. $20/case pickles, $15/case cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash.
I am hoping to schedule a potluck for Sunday, August 19, though the date may change, so stay tuned. Though you are welcome any time, we try to plan a day when both Glenn and I will be here to greet you and give you the nickel tour.
Eat well, Geneviève Stillman