Happy Independence Day! Our fields are full and summer has arrived in a humid, hot burst just in time for the holiday! As things heat up, the theme this week in the fields is irrigation. This entails manually connecting the miles and miles of drip tape to the irrigation lines we roll out each season. This can be a toilsome task, but is imperative to keep our plants well watered during scorching stretches without any rain.
Even though we are entering the peak of the summer, we are already thinking ahead and preparing ground for fall crops: cabbage, winter squash, and brussel's sprouts.
On top our harvests for our market, for CSA, and our wholesale accounts, we also are harvesting daily for some of the most prolific crops. Most crops we harvest as we need them, but some produce so intensely that we must harvest every day to keep up with bounty and maintain plant health. These include summer squashes, cucumbers, peas, broccolini, and sunflowers (so be sure to pick up a fresh bouquet in the market!)
This week’s box includes chicories, cousins to lettuce with a kick. The frisée in the box is great addition to a salad.The escarole is quite bitter and best cooked: sautéed, used in soups, or in this recipe, wilted with feta cheese and sweetened with walnuts and honey.
This quick recipe of roasted summer squash with fennel and thyme is great for the oven and the grill.
This week’s box:
- Summer Squash
- Chicories - Escarole and Frisée
- Baby Salad Greens
- Spigarello Broccoli
- Kale - optional
- Garlic Scapes - optional
- Rhubarb - optional
Open U-Pick in the Fields:
- Bush Beans
- Flowers that are blossoming
- Assorted Mecox
- Carissa’s Salty Sour Pickled Rye