2019: Week 11

This week at the farm we’re doing a lot of tasks that involve being hot and sweaty: mostly hours of weeding and hours of harvesting. As I mentioned in last week’s post we’re deep into “the walks” which are intensifying as we bring in more and more eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers. We’re thrilled to have cherry tomatoes in your box this week, along with full-size Italian eggplant and Fairytale eggplant (there will be plenty more where those came from throughout August!)

The other exciting (and tiring/daunting) task we’re tackling this week is the onion harvest. Similar to the garlic harvest, we take what we need weekly from the onion block based on kitchen, CSA, and our market, but when the bulk of the crop reaches the point of full maturity, we harvest it all. We know we’re at that point when the onion tops start to really die back and turn brown, in great contrast to the upright and healthy green tops they showed off all spring. Last year’s onion crop was dismal, so for now we’re just excited that we have so many onions - even though we’re struggling for a space to dry/cure them…the garlic that has been drying in the greenhouse is already getting kicked out to make way for their allium cousins. For those of you who love onions, this is exciting for you because we’ll have them available to you for the rest of the season! For those of you who don’t love onions…you can just be proud of your farmers for the great crop they grew :)

This week’s box:

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes

  • Red Cherry Tomatoes

  • Kale

  • Garlic

  • Basil

  • Fairytale Eggplant

  • Italian Eggplant

  • Jalapenos

  • Zucchini

  • Swiss Chard

Optional Items:

  • Zucchini

  • Onions

  • Eggplant

  • Mint

  • Napa Cabbage

Open in U-Pick (all areas open for picking are marked with a blue and white stake)

  • Herbs (chives, mint, oregano, lavender)

  • Flowers

  • Raspberries

  • Shishito Peppers

This week’s cheese share: Mozzarella from Villa Italian Specialties

This week’s bread share: Carissa’s Salty Soured Pickled Rye

This week’s fruit share: Santa Rosa Plums and Yellow Peaches