So, today I was out harvesting early this morning and without…gasp…sunscreen on my arms. I came in to wash up and hard as I tried I couldn’t scrub the brown off my arms..oh no farmers tan. After this last week of almost cold temps we are back up in the high 80’s and next week they are talking 90’s. Summer is here and here to stay for a while at least. Late spring is most always a bit of a roller coaster ride anyway but still I hate to see it go. I love the 70’s and so does these cool season plants like lettuces and peas and mustard greens. I am seeing heat stress on these crops and we have had a third of CSA picking up their share early this week so we don’t end up losing these crops before they can be eaten. I am calling on the other 3rd of our shareholders that picked up early last week to pickup their share Friday 4-6pm. We have some beautiful strawberries and sugar snap peas…that want to go home with y’all. We also have lots of lettuce and kale and wonderful Chamomile and mint. I posted a link with recipes on our Facebook page on how to make your own organic tea with these lovely herbs. Chamomile only blooms for a couple of weeks…so lets get it while the getting is good. You can also dry Chamomile and use later.
I just want to remind our shareholders because it happened today with our early pickups. If you tell me you are coming and we harvest your basket and for some reason you don’t pickup…you have lost that basket. this is entirely fresh food…and if it sits too long waiting for you or you don’t show it’s lost. We have to give it away, eat it ourselves (and there is only so much the three of us eat) or feed it to the compost pile. It will still count as your basket and you will have to wait for the next pickup. I am sorry to have to do that…and I know sometimes things come up…but that is just what we have to do.
If you let me know you are running late…or can’t pickup until the next day…I can put your basket in the cooler and that will help keep it fresh for a while until you can pick it up. But if I don’t know …it gets wilted and after a few hours there is nothing I can do.
So, please email me or post a message on Facebook to alert us if you can’t make it…we will work with you to protect and save your share…we don’t want you to lose a pickup nor do we like to see all that hard work lost.
We are coming to the end of the spring season and with that we will start seeing a change in the baskets. A bit sooner then we normally do I will add. But thus is Mother natures time… As we head into early summer we will be looking for some of these warm season crops to come in. The first pickup during this season will be pretty sparse compared to your last couple of pickups. Beets, Carrots and swiss chard will make a showing along with some green snap beans and early squash during the month of June. The flower season kicks up mid and late June…Get those cutters ready!
As for the Market and the farm being open to the public. We are closed for the Memorial Day weekend. Our next market day is May 31 st. 9am.