Summer Share #8 of 22: 7/23+7/25 July, it's Julyby Erin and Steve on 07/21/19
Steve and I laughed out loud a few days ago when an employee asked what the hardest month of the year is for us. It's JULY!! There is so much in the ground right now: we still have crops that were seeds/transplanted into the field the first day we could get in (around April 15th) and now we are seeding and transplanting crops we will be harvesting into November. They are all in the ground at the same time, plus the larger harvests have started, including garlic. Plus the bugs are now full on, plus the weeds are truly loving this heat. Plus we still have more seeding and transplanting to do while we also take care of all the crops already in the ground all at different stages of life. Yes, July is the busiest month.
But with the cold Spring we've had, some of the Summer heat loving crops were pushed back. The weather held them back from maturing at their normal pace and here we are in week 8 of the share and the tomatoes look like they MIGHT think about MAYBE starting to ripen sometime soon. So I am thinking they are still at least 2 weeks out, unfortunately. Eggplants will be more like 2-3 weeks I think. The peppers are looking like they may be ready soon-ish. The beans are finally flowering...again they are probably 2 weeks out. But when they come in it will be glorious and looking like bountiful, barring any extreme weather events. I always have to put in that caveat because it seems like we've dodged some bullets recently when it comes to extreme weather. Soon enough it will be our turn.
So the best thing to do is enjoy the bounty we have, because the other vegetables are pulling their weight, big time! The cucumbers are unbelievable right now (I just keep thinking about cucumber juice or water on these hot days). And we have a number of different varieties of squashes. I know people can take zucchini and summer squash for granted, but it really is only in season 14 to 15 weeks out of the year. So make sure to get your squash dishes on ;)
This week's share will include new potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, cousa and patty pan squash, cucumbers, carrots, beets, kohlrabi, fennel, cabbage, fresh onions and scallions, salad turnips, head lettuce, greens, radicchio (everyone is getting one, so plan on it in a meal this week!), and kale, chard, collards choice. The fruit share will likely be just cherries again as other fruits are behind as well because of the cold, damp Spring.
**Fruit shares don't forget to pick up your bulk pitted cherries if you ordered them this week.