Monday, September 28, 2015

Farm Share # 17 - September 24, 2015

Big Share - mesclun, fennel, pears, apples, watermelon, tomatillos, mushrooms, sweet pepper, hot peppers, chicory, carrots, garlic, leeks, parsley, tomatoes

Min Share (two choices) - mushrooms and tomatillos

Friday, September 18, 2015

Farm Share # 16 - September 16, 2015

Each week we try to offer our farm members as much choice as possible.  Usually farm members get to choose which kind of herbs they want and which kind of greens.  We also have a "choosing area" and members choose 1, 2, or 3 items, depending on the harvest.  This week people chose 2 items so if you look at the share pictures below, you can see two variations.  Mini Share folks choose two things from an assortment of veggies.  It's a challenge for us to provide a good range of choices for the minis, even for the folks that need to come later in the day.  I think we manage to do all right with that.  (Sometimes we hold out a couple of things to fill in late in the day.  We don't want anyone to be penalized because they have to work until 5:00.)  

This week we gave all the big shares Brussels sprouts leaves.  We've been trimming our plants so they can focus their energy on growing sprouts.  We've all been enjoying the sprout leaves.  They taste like the sprouts, but have a variety of possible uses from steaming or sauteing like any green, stuffing like cabbage leaves, or making cole slaw.

Big Share - choices are sweet pepper and tomatoes

Big Share - choices are squash and horseradish

Sample Mini Share - Beets and puntarelle

Sample Mini Share - Mesclun and tomatoes

Farm Share # 15 - September 10, 2015

Big Share - mesclun, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers, squash, red onion, garlic, leeks, hot peppers, fennel, herbs - basil-parsley, Brussel sprout greens, other greens - New Zealand spinach-chard-kale, two choosing items, flowers

Farm Share # 14 - September 3, 2015

Today's super hot pepper harvest.  We are growing these in a tunnel connected to the chicken coop.  We call it the "hot house".  The birds use the space in the winter for sunbathing, dust bathing, and general scratching about.  The soil is rich and it is really warm and protected in there.  Honestly, the pepper plants are about 5 feet tall and loaded with fruit.  It's amazing.  Next year we'll be planting more sweet peppers and more mild peppers in that kind of space.  It's great!

green onions
summer squash
sweet peppers
hot peppers
greens (kale, chard, beet greens, or collards)
Brussels sprout tops
herbs (basil, dill, mint)
two choosing items (pickling cukes, eggplant, edible flowers, leeks, fennel, carrots, mushrooms, onions)