July is here with a vengeance! We often tell new apprentices that July is the hardest month: so much weeding, so much harvesting, everything feels behind on the farm and there is so much more to get done — all while steaming hot. But with our great crew and some stellar volunteers, the work is getting done, bit by bit. The amazing feat of the week was the huge 200-lb harvest of sugar snap. Delicious and beautiful, we’re excited that all the peas are going to our CSA members this year. Sugar snap peas are the one thing that in the end-of-year CSA survey everyone pretty much agrees that they could use more of, and we’re working hard to make that happen! The variety we grew this year did great, but there are some off-type pods that grew mixed in with the scrumptious ones. So if occasionally you bite into a tough-skinned pod, just pop it open instead, eat the peas inside, and move on to the next pod that will undoubtedly be crunchy.
The summer squash are coming along and we should have them for you within a week or two, the tomatoes plants are looking gorgeous in the greenhouses, there are small jewel-like green beans on the bushes, and the cilantro is shooting up to be harvested along with the tomatoes for homemade salsa before we know it. Summer has arrived and is just going to get tastier by the week from here on out!
Please double-check at every pick-up that you are indeed picking up the correct add-on shares. We’re still finding members who mistakenly continued to pick up their spring-only add-on shares into the summer!
Be well, and have wonderful meals this week!
Reba and the HCF crew
Summer CSA Week 5 of 16: Sugar Snap Peas, Garlic Scapes, Scallions, Napa Cabbage, Bagged Lettuce Leaves or Mesclun Mix, Broccoli and/or Gailan, Swiss Chard
Summer Week 5 Add-ons: Eggs, Grain, Mushrooms, Cheese, Milk, Oil & Vinegar