In The Share:
SPROUTING BROCCOLI: Our new favorite plant on the farm. It seems to handle the temperature swings better than most of our other cool season (ha!) crops. No need for trimming, just chop it up or eat it whole, it is wonderfully tender.
ASPARAGUS: Enjoy it while it lasts!
LETTUCE: Usually we pick the lettuce the day before it goes to our CSA members, but the heat sent us in to save the last of the crops out of the high tunnel before they cooked. Some of their outer leaves are tip-burned. If you tear that part off, there's still a good amount of juicy center.
SWISS CHARD: One of our favorite greens to add to almost any dish. This first picking from the field is very tender and fresh.
RADISHES AND TURNIPS: The heat has turned them spicy, so we recommend a quick stir fry. If you are eating them fresh a little salt can help with any bitterness.
KALE: A first picking here too, these leaves are ready for your recipes.
CILANTRO AND DILL: The herb bunches this week are a lush as anything we have every grown. This abundance calls for making a dip, heavy on the greenery. To 16oz of sour cream add 3/4 cup chopped herbs, 2 tbsp oil, salt and pepper. Good with raw sprouting broccoli.
The heat is on! It takes a toll on the cool season crops like lettuce. This week's lettuce has been under shade cloth for the past week as we attempt to hold it for the CSA shares. Butterhead lettuce and 90 degree temperatures don't mix so good.
While the Spring wilts away, Summer is in the ground and growing.
All of the first round of hot weather crops are in: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, okra, tomatillos and eggplant thanks to the hands of many.
Speaking of farm hands, Tom and I wanted to give a shoutout to Semra Fetahovic, who apprenticed on the farm in 2015 and has returned to work with us for the next month. Semra is set to complete her Masters in Organic Agriculture at a German university. When not helping with turnip picking, she is helping us with our Instagram feed and ferment sales. Check out the Instagram stories from today at fairsharefarm!