- Shishito peppers – These wonderful frying peppers have a delicious flavor without the spicy bite! So for all you who enjoy peppers, but don’t enjoy the heat we highly recommend these pepers. Preparation is quite simple… pan fry the shishitos over medium-high heat in a little oil until the peppers start to blister and slightly char. Sprinkle with a little salt, enjoy!
- Head Lettuce
- Summer Squash
- Romano Beans – These flat podded, Italian snap beans have a bright yellow color that will lighten up your plate. Tender in texture these beans are great when sautéed in a little olive oil with salt. Make sure to not overcook these beans, so you retain their excellent flavor and texture. They can be used in the same way that you would your typical green beans.
- Green Cabbage
- Garlic – We have already enjoyed green garlic, scapes and now it is time for full garlic heads! Enjoy the first of the garlic this season. We will have a lot more to come throughout the rest of the summer and winter CSAs.
Resiliency…. Like the broccoli and lettuce plants that survived two to three days in our greenhouse without water, we too are becoming more resilient. The initial blow of seeing dead plants all around us two weeks ago made us question ourselves a little bit: Are we in over our heads? But when we took a step back from this disastrous situation we began the discussion of “what actually makes a good farmer?”
Over the past two weeks we have set aside the emotions of loss and frustration with self to react as quickly as possible in order to remedy the situation. Sowing new plants, buying new seed and carrying on our normal, day to day field work made us realize that yes, it is important to make changes to prevent this from happening again in the future. However, situations like this WILL arise again and again no matter what we do.
Even if we, as the farmers, do everything “perfectly” obstacles will always come. As we are dependent on tractors and electricity, to run our farm, we must recognize that that they may break down or a power surge might turn off the automatic, electric watering system. Nonetheless, we as the weary farmers may also forget something and drop the ball.
Recognizing the reality of this has helped us respond appropriately to the situation. The new starts are looking good and we are checking on them more often to make sure they have what they need. The farm as a whole is growing like crazy, and as always the weeds are too. We have been working hard to keep caught up as best as we can, while still taking a little bit of a break to jump into the cool waters of the Santiam River on our way back from harvesting garlic in Stayton.
We are enjoying our second season of farming. We have been blessed with tremendous growth out on the farm and in the community that is supporting us.
With this growth has come the need for extra help. Jesse’s brother, Sean, has been helping us harvest for the farmer’s market on Fridays. We are quickly realizing that hiring employees may be in our near future. We have started the search for someone to help us finish out our season. If anyone knows of someone looking for part time farm work or work helping us staff our farmer’s market booth, let us know.
Growth is exciting, but difficult. We are excited and somewhat relieved to be able to look for someone to help us run the farm, but at the same time are nervous about the time and monetary investment of training new employees. We hope that with the addition of new people to the farm we will continue to build and refine our operations to bring all of you the best vegetables each week.
Enjoy this week’s share!