Squash and cucumbers and tomatoes!
Please check your box when you pick up. I will harken back to earlier letters where I recommend opening your box and checking out what’s in it. Well, this is a good exercise to see what you’ve got and ask questions, but it also ensures you don’t get an entire box of greens 😉 We try very hard to remain organized when unloading the truck, but mistakes happen sometimes.
You MAY have these things: Summer squash of some variety or color, corn, beans or cucumbers, chard or beets, tomato, blueberries, potatoes…
Yeah, it’s hot… imagine if you actually had to pick your own produce in it 😉 There’s a little break in the lettuce due to the heat. Lettuces and spinach do not appreciate the hot days and beating sun the way some other crops do. We will continue to have some for sale on the market tables, but there isn’t much.
Now that corn is happening, I like to remind our new members that our corn is always todays, so we feel it is very important to eat it the day we picked it. Yes, I know that isn’t always possible, but there is nothing better that steamed corn (it only takes 4-7 minutes)! If you are not a corn on the cob eater (and you really should give it a shot if you have had unsatisfying experiences), cut it off the cob and toss in your veggie sauté or sprinkle on salad.
In the coming weeks you will be seeing peppers and eggplants. We have just started picking a few, so I cannot be sure when you will first get any in your box.
Recap:Some of you are asking about coming to the farm. Here’s the recap: Everything in in New Braintree. You are welcome most anytime. Please email me in advance, if you can. I will try to leave a farm map out for you – that way you can navigate to the crops of your choice. Otherwise, you can roam freely and happen upon what you like 😉 As I said last week, you can pick anything you like and only ask you to please be fair if you would like a quantity of anything.
I can eat a pound of them boiled up with butter… and to be honest, I have done that for a few lazy dinners. And pulling up potato plants and rooting around for those wonderful tubers, is like finding buried treasure. A few years ago, when our police were doing their annual flyover looking for pot, they circled our potato field, which was in full bloom, for 20 minutes, until a cruiser drove up to the field (all within plain view of the house and on the main drag through town). They all departed a few minutes later, when someone figured out the acre section of potatoes on Rt 67 actually wasn’t marijuana. It seems they spend an extra time searching our farm from above because, you know, some of our help are Jamaican, and, of course, if you are prejudiced you assume a lot. Oh, well, some people cannot be helped. Wait till we start growing the “Sunn Hemp” to nitrogen fix for our fields 😉