Week 8, Summer CSA

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  • Summer Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Dill
  • Beets- a mix of cylindra, chioggia, golden and Red beets.
  • Salad Mix
  • Spinach
  • Walla Walla Sweet Onions- Enjoy these large white, round sweet onions that are incredibly mild and sweet!
  • Winterbor Kale– Check out CSA member and chef, Amy Church’s post about kale which includes a great recipe on her blog.
  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant

 

 

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Farm Happenings:

They say that when it rains, it pours, and this week on the farm has been a perfect example. Not only has this been the busiest week of the year so far, with our “to-do” list spilling over the sides of the clipboard as we do our bi-weekly field walks, but it has also been a week of misfortune and mistake.

P1050383We began the week with automotive issues. Our personal vehicle, a Honda CR-V, has stopped running suddenly. The cause for this is not the usual gruesome suspects—engine, transmission, or electrical issues—but instead a rather annoying development: the key just won’t turn. Technically, the ignition cylinder has locked up. Silly as it is, the dealer-quoted price for the replacement part was $522!   Calling around, the cheapest price we have been quoted is about half that much, which still seems like a lot of money to make a key turn (perhaps we’ll just install a pull-start like what’s on our 1948 cultivating tractor).

In the mean time, we’ve been trying to both keep the farm alive and get our cover crop to germinate during a heat wave. This has entailed moving our one (now we have two) irrigation pipe every 4 hours or so across a 12-acre field—about 18 runs in all (do the math, it takes a few days)—and all this while doing the usual duties such as harvesting, going to CSA pick-up and market, planting and sowing our fall and overwintering crops, and doing our best to keep the farm from continuing on its natural succession into forest.

It’s no wonder, with all that’s been going on at the farm, that we had another unfortunate event take place.

43On Sunday morning, while still recuperating from another busy market day, we went out to the greenhouse to check on things. What we discovered was flats and flats full of brown, dry, toasted Brassica plants (sort of like baby-kale chips). They were our fall broccoli, cauliflower, and overwintering broccoli transplants that we had hoped to be putting in the ground the following week. To say the least, we were both floored by the sight. After doing some investigating, it turns out that one of us (Jesse) had unwittingly turned the automatic watering system off on Wednesday, without turning it back on, . With the busy market harvest, and market day, we hadn’t made it back out to check on our plants until it was too late. With the heat, the plants were probably dead by Thursday night, which just so happened to be Jesse’s birthday (we were celebrating by planting our storage carrots and beets out on our Stayton plot until about 9:30 that night).

After our initial reaction to the blow, we immediately made plans to respond to the situation. We’ve already ordered replacement seed for the overwintering broccoli, and are somewhat relieved that we don’t have to find space for another huge planting of broccoli/cauliflower (we didn’t have the space, frankly). All in all it was a light blow, and a good reality check. We were reminded that we are reaching far this year, and if we don’t keep our balance, we might end up with bruised knees.

Enjoy this week’s veggies.

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