From the Farmers
It is watermelon season! We grow five different kinds of watermelons at the farm, hoping that all of them will be ready to harvest at about the same time. Three of the varieties, Sunshine, New Orchid, and Starlight are round with dark and light green stripes. They are all superb ice box melons, crisp and sweet, regardless of inside color. My personal favorite is the yellow Sunshine. Picnic and Mickey Lee are two old time varieties that have stood the test of time, sweet and tasty. We hope you enjoy getting your fill of watermelon these next couple of weeks.
The cantaloupes and honeydews are getting fewer and fewer. We’ll keep adding the last of these melons as long as we have them, but there won’t be enough for everyone so we will try to rotate which drop sites get them until there are no more.
Sweet Corn is back this week with Delectable, a wonderful, tender bi-color yellow and white sweet corn. And the tomatoes have begun to produce in earnest, with the Taxi’s and Orange Blossoms leading the harvest. Soon will follow big red Paragon’s, Pink Beauty’s, Green Zebras, and red and yellow pears. We’ve begun eating tomatoes with nearly every meal – including breakfast.
Gigi and Robin returned from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area late on Tuesday following five wonderful days on
with our dogs Bracken and Birch. We relaxed, ate great meals of farm food (bacon, eggs, veggies) drank homemade wine, read some, knit some, played games, paddled, swam, had craft night in the tent during the rain one night and came home renewed. While we were gone, our amazing interns took care of all the farm critters, built new doors for the greenhouses and the horse tack hoop house, put trim and new steps on the Su Casa (the intern kitchen/lounge building) and even kept us on track with our organic pest management by spraying the cabbage, cauliflower, and eggplants to keep away the potato bugs and cabbage loopers. Seagull Lake
It was great getting back home at this abundant time of year and not feel any need to play catch up, but simply step back into the rhythm of a working farm. It is amazing however, how much the broiler chicks have grown in just five days!
Until next week………….
What’s In Your Share this Week
Watermelon: one of the following Starlight (red), New Orchid (orange),
Sunshine (yellow), Picnic (solid green outside, red in), or Mickey Lee (deep pink)
Cucumbers: Raider, Fanfare, Sweet Slice, Diva
Onions: Sierra Blanca
Sweet Corn: Delectable
Swiss Chard: Fordhook Giant
Tomatoes: Taxi (yellow), Orange Blossom (orange)
Sweet Peppers: Gypsy (yellow) or Snapper (green bell) or Lipstick (red heart),
Islander (purple) or Sweet Chocolate (brown)
Hot Peppers: Serrano del Sol (thin green), El Jefe Jalapeno (fat green)
Eggplant: Dancer (pink), Classic (purple), Galine (purple), Thai Green (long green),
Orient Charm (long pink), Orient Express (long purple), Kermit (round green)
Summer Squash: Sunburst, Cavelle, Slick Pick, Bennings Green Tint, President,
Cash Flow, Horn of Plenty
Herbs: Genovese Basil, Purple Basil, Sage, Dill