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We’re finally hauling in the good stuff! We’ve had a couple of nice baskets and more are in the way. It seems like nature is trying to make up for its bad behavior this spring with nice deep soaking rains and warm days. Unsurprisingly the zucchini  and cucumbers are exploding, we will have a ton of extras so this would be a good week to make zucchini bread to eat, share, and freeze for later.

 

We also have some sweet stuff that’s just about ready!

Melons!

Melons!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butternut squash

Butternut squash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s a fun pic to compare with earlier ones. The squash plants getting big!

 

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It seems this season is determined to go down in history. First with record breaking floods- you may have noticed some of the commercial farms around us haven’t planted at all, others have soybeans that are only a few inches tall. No one in our area has a normal looking crop. All a result of the spring floods and our local heavy clay soil.

Then last week we experienced record cold temperatures. Nothing was killed here at the farm, but vegetables that normally grow inches per day have not grown at all for the better part of the week. And today it seems the weather is overcompensating with ridiculous heat and humidity. We have water going on the more sensitive crops so the heat should be a good thing.

So once again we are taking a short break in the harvest to give stuff a chance to catch up. Our next harvests will be Tuesday July 29th and Friday August 1st. Given another week to recover we should be back on track again and hope for smooth sailing for the rest of the season.

Once again I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding, we really appreciate it!

In the meantime here are some pics to show how it’s looking out there.

 

Yes! Those are itty bitty cucumbers

Yes! Those are itty bitty cucumbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melons are vining

Melons are vining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squash

Squash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potatoes are blooming

Potatoes are blooming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomato plants are about 1/3 size normal but already have fruit

Tomato plants are about 1/3 size normal but already have fruit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrots

Carrots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beans are blooming

The beans are blooming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zucchini

Zucchini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomatillos

Tomatillos

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

There are only 9 days until our first Friday harvest, 13 days until Tuesday harvest!

Despite the fact that the rain has not relented, I think we’re still on track.

The spring crops are doing well, peas are rapidly climbing their fence. The radishes, beets, lettuce and greens are growing strong, and we’ll have some herbs in the first baskets as well.

Spring crops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The onions, shallots and leeks are all planted and have survived the heavy rains so far!

Onions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The zucchini is actually looking great, rain doesn’t seem to bother them.

Zucchini plant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The peppers, eggplant and tomatillos, on the other hand, are definitely suffering from the excess rain. They’ve stopped growing and the leaves are yellowing. They are still hanging on though and if the rain would just quit they would recover quickly.

 

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The tomatoes are hanging in there!

 

Tomato plants 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower look great!

 

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We only have about 25 days to go before our first harvest! The rain last night and today has given me a chance to finally catch up here and let you all know how we’re doing.

The last two weeks have been packed with laying out beds, planting and mulching. We have nearly everything planted. Peas, lettuce, spinach, beets and radishes have sprouted and will be abundant in the first baskets. We’re also seeing the zucchini, cucumbers, squash, start to pop up. The melons went in just before the rains so it won’t be long before they’re up. Our transplants look awesome, including tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, peppers, eggplant, fennel, and various herbs. The only things we have left to plant are onions, shallots, leeks, sweet corn, and second plantings of beans and carrots.  So far so good this spring, we are on schedule and looking great!

Pepper 14

 

Potatoes are cut and will be ready to be planted when the fields dry up this week. We also managed to get some seeds in before the downpour yesterday. With some sun and warmth they’ll be popping up in no time!

Potatoes

Another cold rainy day, another green growing pic to cheer you up. :-)

 

Cabbage seedlings

We are now open for anyone to join!

Here is our current information: 2014 Brochure

The updated vegetable list for this season: Vegetable List 2014

And if you decide to join us you can print out this submission form: Submission Form 2014

If you have any questions about our methods, or how it all works, feel free to email me and I’ll be happy to help you out! crazydaisycsa@gmail.com

And there’s only 2 weeks left for early sign up for returning customers. On March 1st we open it up to new customers, so if you want to ensure your share in this seasons harvest, sign up now!

 

We’ve already received our seeds for the season and are prepping to start planting indoors next month. We are so excited and hope you are too!

Shares for the upcoming season are now available to previous customers only. We’re glad to offer this feature to our valued customers. Since demand for shares is high, signing up now will ensure your share in next seasons harvest.

 

Check out our 2014 Preview Flier for three great reasons to sign up now!

 

Then download our Submission Form, fill it out, and mail it in with a deposit.

 

Then no worries- you’ll be all set for our next season, I sure hope you’ll join us again!

This may be our last week of harvesting, but it sure doesn’t have to be your last week of cooking! Here’s how to make the most of this weeks basket:

 

 

Freeze hot and bell peppers:

 

http://www.pickyourown.org/peppersfreezing.htm

 

 

Make parsley pesto:

 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michele-urvater/parsley-pesto-recipe/index.html

 

 

Too much Swiss chard? Roast it, crispy and delish!

 

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Roasted-Swiss-Chard-with-Feta/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Thumb&e11=swiss%20chard&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe

 

 

And as always, our Recipe by Vegetable index is great is you’re looking for something in particular.

 

http://crazydaisycsa.com/?page_id=691

 

 

An abundance of not so pretty but super ripe tomatoes? Try my favorite roasted tomato soup recipe, it’s divine:

 

http://blog.tracyporter.com/eating-gathering/tracy-porter-rustic-roasted-tomato-bread-soup

 

 

So what was your favorite recipe this season?

 

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