Nasturtium Flowers (Edible, peppery, and great in a salad!)
Summer Squash & Zucchini
It really feels like summer now, with the days starting out hot and muggy and just getting hotter. We are enjoying our work routine, which has us in the fields roundabout 6am and keeps us there till mid-day. Then we come back for 2-3 hours of work at 5pm. This beats the heck out of pushing through the mid-day heat, which is when tempers fray and the pace suffers.
All of a sudden it’s July! Kids programs have started and it’s been fun to have youngsters join us each morning. This week they helped by mulching half of our blackberry patch. Hopefully this will give those plants the weed protection and moisture retention they need in order to thrive into 2013, when we expect our first real harvest.
I’m amazed at the growth of our peppers and tomatoes, who must feel like they’re back in the old country. It has been hot and sunny in our fields for most of the last two weeks, and we already have a great collection of blossoms setting fruit on these plants. Look forward to some excellent summer treats, just a few weeks away.
As the heat has come on, we say goodbye to spring favorites- peas in particular didn’t quite make it to this week as I had hoped. Though there are some good ones on the newest growth, the rest are all edible but tough and should be thought of as shelling peas. We’ll open up the entire pea patch to you, but don’t expect the bounty we’ve had in past weeks.
If you’re feeling adventurous, think of cooking something with fresh coriander seeds, which Shepsi will show you how to harvest this week.
See you Saturday! Don’t forget the Contra Dance that we’re putting on this Saturday at 7:30pm at the Havens House (a collaboration w/ the Historical Society!) It’s the age-old way that farming communities came together, with simple dances and toe-tapping fiddle tunes. We’re happy to share this music and dance with you, our neighbors and most important customers.