Tuesday, July 19, 2011

In the Share: Week 10

TOMATOES (F/P) The tomato crop is in and lookin good.
GREEN BEANS (F/P) Last pickin’s off the first planting. Partial shares get a choice of beans or a salsa pack.
COLORFUL CARROTS (F/P) Not all carrots are orange.
WALLA WALLA ONIONS (F/P) Sweet and mild, they are a quality fresh onion
SALSA PACK (F/P) Roasted or fresh, add a tomato and the pack makes a salsa muy bueno
CUCUMBERS (F) Some large picklers and regular slicers. Let us know how you like the varieties
SUMMER SQUASH (P) Rounds and pattypans
HERB CHOICE (F) Mixed bunches including parsley, basil, thai basil, thyme, summer savory, tarragon, or jalpenos or dried herbs.

ALSO THIS WEEK: Parker Farms shares

NEXT WEEK: More tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers and squash. Potatoes and garlic.

The high pressure dome of air sitting over us has brought lots of heat, and a south of the border farm schedule. In order to do all we have to do in this oppressive heat we are starting at sun-up and working past mid-day before taking a siesta until 6pm. It has worked well and our interns Luke and Kim have sweated it out with us, giving their all to help us harvest, pack, hoe, tie tomatoes, weed, irrigate, sow cover crops, take care of the sheep, etc.

We are moving to a new carrot bed this week to bring you the annual “colorful carrots.” Orange, red, and yellow, they are great for the palate and the eye. Varieties include White Satin, Yellow Sun, Dragon (purple) and our favorite orange, Bolero.

sweet potatoes happy in the heat

Tonight’s evening work stint has been taken over by the tomato harvest’s shear volume. We hope you enjoy this week’s share, one of our best tomato harvest’s yet. More to come next week and we hope for a while.
We have also been spending time preparing for the Outstanding in the Field dinner this Sunday. As Ronny, the host at Justus Drugstore told us last month, “It’s a big deal.” We have been planning and working to show the farm in a good light and provide a subtly beautiful Missouri farm setting for the event. Some details we won’t know until the dinner table arrives, so we will have to be nimble on Sunday morning when the OITF crew arrives.
Thanks again to all for your help and support. And we look forward to seeing some of you at the dinner.

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