Tuesday, August 23, 2016
In the Share: Week 16
CUCUMBERS F/P The second planting is coming in now and contains the same varieties as the last round, including the picklers shown above that make great pickles but are also great to eat any way you like.
TOMATOES F/P Just one or two this week mostly from our hybrid reds.
SWEET PEPPERS F The cool weather has slowed their ripening. Partial shares will get them next week.
FINGERLING POTATOES F/P Austrian Crescent fingerlings are waxy and delicious roasted with some...
GARLIC F/P artichoke softneck variety.
SUMMER SQUASH F/P Zucchini or yellow squash
RED ONIONS F
BASIL, HOT PEPPERS OR CUTTING CELERY F/P
NEXT WEEK: Peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, carrots and onions.
On Thursday, 60 freshly-hatched chicks arrived. We immediately got them to food and water and warmth in the brooder.
If all goes well, these little fluff balls will be laying eggs by February. Half of the flock are Golden Comets, that are supposed to lay lots of brown eggs. The other half are our favorite breed, what the hatchery calls 'Easter Eggers', since they lay colorful eggs (blue, green and kind of a buff color). We tend to call them Ameraucanas. Either term describes chickens that are descended from the blue egg laying chickens from the Araucana region of South America.
The first few weeks are critical times for these newborns. We check on them regularly to make sure they are happy. They are just about a week old now and already seem to have doubled in size.
Meanwhile we moved the older flock to fresh grass just in time for their first birthday. We've seen an uptick in their egg production since the weather has turned so nice.