Summer Share #5 of 22-7/2+7/4: Shoptalk; Thursday pick up 1-4:45 : Root Down Farm Ramblings
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Summer Share #5 of 22-7/2+7/4: Shoptalk; Thursday pick up 1-4:45

by Erin and Steve on 06/30/19

There are a few things we the farmers want to convey to you the eaters that aren't necessarily related, so here it goes:
All you Thursday picker uppers remember that Thursday is the 4th so therefor we will have pick up times moved up to 1 - 4:45** Obviously some people still work on the 4th so if you are only able to arrive a little later or want us to put a share together for you to pick up at a later time please call us to set that up. Otherwise we'll see you from 1 - 4:45 ;)
Also we have some sad news about the u pick fields this year. They probably got the brunt of the wet/cold Spring (the soil type in those fields are heavier clay-based soils) and we lost the peas and more than half of the first planting of beans to rot and an obscene amount of slug damage...which is caused by wet/cool weather. We also had some of the flowers die after being transplanted. I am saying this because I can already hear comments about how the UPick is usually better, which it usually is, but we were unable to convince Mother Nature to give us a normal Spring. Now that being said the flowers that survived are growing, the tomatoes look great, the 2nd planting of beans is gang-busters so it's not all doom and gloom. But I think the upick fields will sputter along a bit before they kick it up to the normal gear.
As you might have heard a lot of plants across the region are behind due to the cold/wet Spring. This includes our garlic (which were a week later than ever), the fruit share (cherries will be in at the start of the share which is July 9th and 11th, also a week late), and the summer crops! The tomatoes are just now making small green fruits, the peppers and eggplants are mostly still flowering, the corn is not knee high yet, and the melons are also just starting to flower. I just checked the first of the potatoes as well and it looks like those are at least a couple weeks behind normal as well. It all means that they will be arriving in the share room late, too.
I'm sure you've noticed, but I thought I'd add that we ordered more Mix-and-Match re-usable bags. They are made from recycled cotton and are being sold at cost ($7) in the share room. Just ask for one.
And finally this is what is in this week's share: Broccoli and broccoli shoots, broccolini, zucchini, yellow squash, we're hoping for some cucumbers, cauliflower, turnips, radishes, kohlrabi, fennel, radicchio, bok choy, garlic scapes, kale, chard, fava beans, beets, head lettuce, and salad greens.

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