We are finally able to put more produce in our shares! The lettuce is going strong for the moment, this week members got a one gallon bag full, enough for several side salads. The peas you see are snow peas. The whole pea, even the pod is edible. They are great in stir frys, added to salads or raw, as is! Members also received broccoli and cauliflower. This week we included a pint of our heirloom tomato sauce to round things out.
That’s it for the broccoli and cauliflower until later in the fall. We will probably see lettuce in next week’s share but our spinach has already gone to seed with these HOT temperatures. There are lots of tomatoes out there, I am hoping that the temps will help them start to ripen soon! The eggplant are flowering too.
On a sad note, we planned to include some baby potatoes in this week’s share, but a gopher ate the whole row out from under us, literally. Gophers are ever Dave’s nemesis. Last year they took out an entire section of carrots.
Finally, on the 5th of May, I did our first real planting of the year!
On Sunday, I made my first trip to Helen’s Country Greenhouse just outside of Minto to pick up some cole crops that I didn’t raise from seed: broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Kale is another in the same family that we have started in our seed cabinet. It sure feels good to have some ground planted!
For those of you who don’t know, Dave and I like to push the seasons! We have tomato seedlings that could go into the ground right now, if only our garden space wasn’t still so wet. I had marked on the farm calendar to have peas, spinach, radish, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots in the ground about 3 weeks ago. Our garden still had snow piles 3 weeks ago. Needless to say we’ve been chomping at the bit this year and these photos make me feel a bit better about the season!