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From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 7.13.16

Posted 7/13/2016 8:24pm by Jim Baughman.

Hi,

A much better week this week on the farm. So far we have not had all the drama the weather provided last week with all the rain and wind. As well it’s been back to a full week of work without the Holiday break. Most crops are doing well despite the high heat and humidity. Many of the summer crops seem to be coming on but have been slow to give us the quantities we like to see in order to fill the CSA shares and take to market. Tomatoes, egg plant, and bell peppers continue to just give us a few a week yet there are many on the vines just not quite ripe. We thought we were going to have green beans this week for everyone but as we approach this week’s share we see there are only a few ready with the rest appearing to be ready for next week. But that’s how the gardens grow and we just take it day by day and week by week. Farm activities this week have mostly been trying to keep up with the fast growing weeds and grasses, and trying to work dirt as it dries out and before we get another pop up shower. We continue to plan our seeding and plantings for the last half of the summer CSA and market season. In the heat and humidity of these long summer days it’s sometimes nice to think and plan for the shorter cooler days of fall.

Planted this week: mostly succession crops of lettuce, greens, and summer squash. We also transplanted a fall crop of basil. This week has been more about maintaining what we have and dealing with weeding.

In your shares this week you will receive tomatoes, basil, and green onions. Perfect for some fresh brushetta (see this week’s recipe). Also you will receive beets (the green tops of the beets didn’t look to hot so we removed them). The storms knocked quite a few green tomatoes off the vine so we are sending one or two in the shares. Try some fried green tomatoes. As of this writing I am not sure we will have lettuce or salad mix. We cut lettuce last week but the re growth has been slow and the newer plantings are not quite ready. If we do not send a salad mix we will substitute something else.

See you at pick up, Jim

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