Tuesday, September 20, 2016
In the Share: Week 20
LETTUCE F/P As soon as I said that the lettuce didn't need another gully washer, guess what happened?! This photo is after the four inches of rain that fell Tuesday night into Wednesday last week. More water encouraged the already bolting lettuce all the more. So far we are keeping up with harvesting the ones that are most threatening to bolt while they are still nice, but expect some emergent stalks in your heads.
TOMATOES F/P Today sure felt like tomato season with a heat index at 100 deg. F. What a weird weather year. The heat and humidity has been unreal and our organic tomato patch has suffered as a result.
GARLIC F/P From storage. We are finishing up the artichoke variety and are moving on to the silverskin.
SWEET PEPPERS F There are lots of peppers on the plants, but fewer are ripening so only the full shares get them this week. Partial shares get them next week.
POTATOES OR ONIONS F The last of both for the year.
EGGPLANT OR OKRA P Both are doing well right now. You've got to savor the summer while it lasts!
ROMA BEANS F It has been a very weird year with the bean crop. All season long we have not been able to get our bean seed to sprout. Finally we got half of a planting to come up. After much cajoling we have a bit of a bean harvest. See Tom's blog for more info. on this Italian-type bean.
CUCUMBERS F Last hurrah of these for the year.
GREENS CHOICE P Kale, chard or gailan
HERBS OR HOT PEPPERS F/P Numex (green or red), Hot wax (yellow), and jalapenos (dark green or red) or cutting celery.
NEXT WEEK: lettuce, greens, peppers, eggplant, okra, sweet potatoes
At least this time, the rain actually fit in our rain gauge. Large rain events have become common enough that we should probably buy a bigger rain gauge. No joke! See Tom's post for a soggy photo. Crops like the radishes, turnips, and arugula that were already stressed from the last rain are worse now. After each rain event we have re-planted in the hopes of things turning in our favor, so far no such luck.
At the moment, the shares are full thanks to the summer crops that will be done soon and storage crops that we have pretty much gone through. Expect lighter shares for the last few weeks of the season. On a bright note, the sweet potato harvest has begun and it looks fairly respectable. They will start appearing in the shares next week and for most of the rest of the season.