From the vegetable’s perspective, this week marks the transition from spring to summer. Each CSA share this week contains cucumber, zucchini and tomato; those vegetables tell us its summer. The quantities will continue to increase. We plant these vegetables into the fields as soon as the threat of frost is past; then we tend to their needs (water and weeding) and watch them grow. A few others that we are watching closely are peppers, melons, and eggplant. These summer vegetables are unique because we plant then just once and harvest from the same plant for many, many weeks. Most of the other vegetables we grow on the farm are planted many times, in succession, so we can deliver them week after week. Examples are lettuce heads, salad mix, broccoli, green beans. Some vegetables we plant in the spring and then again in the fall because they grow best in cool temperatures. So as the vegetable selection in your share box changes, or for some vegetables repeats week after week, you will know that it correlates to the season. Get ready to embrace the summer bounty that is just beginning.

Cabbage harvest on Tuesday morning. This first cabbage is a summer cabbage with thin, crisp leaves. The cabbages we deliver later in the season have thicker leaves and good storage cabbages.

Cabbage harvest on Tuesday morning. This first cabbage is a summer cabbage with thin, crisp leaves. The cabbages we deliver later in the season have thicker leaves and good storage cabbages.

Peering at ripening tomatoes in the hoophouse.

Peering at ripening tomatoes in the hoophouse.