Tuesday, July 29, 2014
In the Share - Week 12
TOMATOES F/P Along with a lot of reds and pinks, the yellow and green heirlooms are ripening. A new variety for us this year, the Aunt Ruby's German Green stays green when ripe.
CARROTS F/P Freshly dug from the summer patch. They are smaller than our storage types, but sweet.
WALLA WALLA ONIONS F/P More sweet onions. It is a bumper crop this year so we are sharing the overage... and we need to make room for the storage onions to come in to the barn from the field.
CUCUMBERS F/P We have had a good run of cucumbers, but finally the patch is beginning to wind down. Lately I have been making a quick cucumber salad at night: cucumbers, onions, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. It is even better the next day for lunch and dinner too.
SALSA PACK or SUMMER SQUASH F/P
CHERRY TOMATOES F/P
CABBAGE F The last of the spring harvest.
EGGPLANT OR BEETS F
NEXT WEEK: More tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, onions, eggplant and salsa packs. Potatoes and garlic return. Perhaps the first of the green beans.
In the last 7 days the walk-in cooler needed repair, the exhaust pipe and one of the shocks fell off of the truck, the power supply for our computer went out, the refrigerator at the apprentice house died, and the van needed a tow.
Sweetpea (the name of our VW van since long before we became her owners) delivers the produce to the city twice a week and we are happy to have her back in good working order. Thanks to the diligent work at the mechanics (and, of course, a decrease in the bank account) the van is running again and most of the other items on the list are fixed or on their way to that end.
Meanwhile the crops pay no attention to our mechanical difficulties. They are ready for harvest or to be planted. They need water and weeding. This week we transplanted cauliflower, broccoli and kale.
The new barn waits expectantly to be filled with our tools, equipment and workshop. It looks so beautiful but at this point the only things in it are racks of onions drying.