Summer Share #12 of 22: 8/20+8/22- Thunderby Erin and Steve on 08/18/19
Steve and I worked on an organic dairy that also had a horse powered market garden with a small CSA when we lived in Vermont. There was a steer there that I really liked. He was huge, but calm and a bit ho-hum. This isn't typical of steers who are known more for their obnoxious antics. The steer's name was Thunder because his mother gave birth to him in the pasture in the middle of a thunderstorm. The name fit his stature, but not his demeanor.
I think of Thunder the steer when I think of Summer thunderstorms because when you're a farmer a bunch of thunderstorms can be really bad, especially for vegetables. But Thunder the steer is a good memory. Thunderstorms bring in heavy winds, big rain drops and plant diseases. I know I'm going to get asked a couple times this week if 'all this rain is good for the plants'? A ton of rain all at once is generally not good for anything. And thunderstorms at the end of August are usually the mark of the end for cucumbers and summer squashes and dare I say tomatoes in our growing region.
Other crops that love the Fall are doing well, though. And soon you'll see some of the crops we grew in the Spring start returning as well as the ones we grow only in the Fall. The plants dictate their growing seasons, not us, which is why eating with the seasons is a bit magical (and is a simple thing everyone can do to help combat climate change to boot ;).
So if you haven't gotten the subtle hints make sure to get your pickling cukes and canning tomatoes for the season while you are here! Paste tomatoes will be in the share room this week, too, and cherry tomatoes in the u-pick.
This week's share will include: potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, cabbage, scallions, onions, fennel, carrots, peppers, eggplant, beets, melons, chard, kale, tomatoes, head lettuce or lettuce mix and maybe sweet corn again. I say maybe about the sweet corn because it might not be ready on Tuesday or maybe even Thursday for that matter. In any case it will eventually be in the share if not this week.
The fruit share will be similar to last week with plums and peaches and nectarines.