June 2015


Monday morning storms blew through at 9:30. All 20 of us had to leave the fields and head for the packing shed. Now we all had to find work indoors until the storm passed. Here’s what Monday morning looked like on the farm.

Washing pearl onions

Washing pearl onions.

Eric washing salad mix

Eric washing salad mix.

Thomas power washing greenhouse planting flats.

Thomas power washing greenhouse planting flats.

Worker shares washing plastic containers.

Worker shares washing plastic containers.

Upstairs in the barn Becky is busy preparing lunch in the barn kitchen.

Upstairs in the barn Becky is busy preparing lunch in the barn kitchen.

We began delivering vegetables last week. We began planting seeds in the greenhouse in March. So much gets accomplished before you see a vegetable. By the end of this month we (the farmers and crew) will have reached the halfway mark in our work season. Harvesting and packing share boxes brings a whole new welcome perspective to our weeks. And of course it is why we do everything we do around here. Welcome to the bounty!

Lettuce Head Harvest this week:

Wednesday morning lettuce harvest crew. Barb, Becca, Rachel, Tom, LaVina, Chris, Georgia, Chad

Wednesday morning lettuce harvest crew. Barb, Becca, Rachel, Tom, LaVina, Chris, Georgia, Chad

Chad - Tom - Becca

Chad                                            Tom                                                Becca

This is what was happening in May:

The crew is ‘tucking’ in sweet corn plants. We start our sweet corn in the greenhouse, transplant it into the fields using a mechanical transplanter and if field conditions are not exactly perfect we need to ‘tuck’ it in to make sure it is standing up straight.

The crew is ‘tucking’ in sweet corn plants. We start our sweet corn in the greenhouse, transplant it into the fields using a mechanical transplanter and if field conditions are not exactly perfect we need to ‘tuck’ it in to make sure it is standing up straight.

David cultivating celery. We do a lot of weeding. This is one way we do it.

David cultivating celery. We do a lot of weeding. This is one way we do it.

Putting row cover over newly planted watermelon plants. We do this for insect control.

Putting row cover over newly planted watermelon plants. We do this for insect control.

We just finished row covering this field of squash to keep those darn insect from devouring them.

Just finishing putting row cover on this field of squash to keep those darn insects from devouring them.

Pounding posts between tomato plants. As soon as the plants get big enough we will begin to trellis them, wrapping trellising twine around each post and stretching it next to the sides of the plants.

Pounding posts between tomato plants. As soon as the plants get big enough we will begin to trellis them, wrapping trellising twine around each post and stretching it next to the sides of the plants.

 

Thanks for joining us as we head into our 21st CSA season. We’re excited to bring vegetables into your home and hopefully give you some interesting kitchen experiences. Twenty one years ago, I’ll have to admit, I didn’t even know what all of these vegetables were, much less how to use them. Many of the recipes we share with you have been developed over the years, as we found wonderful and simple ways to eat all of these unfamiliar vegetables. Of course now they are all familiar and have found many ways into our weekly meals (and fields and coolers and lives!). So as you embark on this adventure of eating seasonally out of your CSA box, remember, it may take a while to get the hang of it, but hang in there. And mostly, have fun!

Barb

Here’s the people that work so very hard to get it all to you:

From left: Jonnah, Jesse, Eric, Barb, Felix, Becky (all Perkins!), Thomas, Chad, Rachel, Chris, Becca, David Perkins, Eric (J-Mo), and Georgia.

From left: Jonnah, Jesse, Eric, Barb, Felix, Becky (all Perkins!), Thomas, Chad, Rachel, Chris, Becca, David Perkins, Eric (J-Mo), and Georgia. Dogs: Obi – black lab, Nasta – Siberian Husky.

Vegetable harvest this week:

Rhubarb Harvest. Many hands helping to harvest our enormous patch of rhubarb. We have our seasonal Cambodian crew, our full time and part time crew and our worker share crew all getting hot and sweaty Tuesday morning as we pull, haul and cut the rhubarb. Fun fact: this entire patch began as three plants 20 years ago!

Rhubarb Harvest. Many hands helping to harvest our enormous patch of rhubarb. We have our seasonal Cambodian crew, our full time and part time crew and our worker share crew all getting hot and sweaty Tuesday morning as we pull, haul and cut the rhubarb. Fun fact: this entire patch began as three plants 20 years ago!

Radish Harvest. Becca (full time crew member) and the Monday morning worker share crew (Colette, Amanda and Mike) harvesting radishes.

Radish Harvest. Becca (full time crew member) and the Monday morning worker share crew (Colette, Amanda and Mike) harvesting radishes.

Wednesday morning’s salad mix being hauled into the packing shed by Chris so it can get washed.

Wednesday morning’s salad mix being hauled into the packing shed by Chris so it can get washed.

Early morning scallion harvest. Tonny and Rancy showing off their scallions.

Early morning scallion harvest. Tonny and Rancy showing off their scallions.