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CSA 2021 – Week 6

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It sure was hot today!

Fortunately, most of us can tolerate a lot of heat. Others not so much.

Our vegetables are the same. Some thrive in these hot & humid (& windy) conditions while others suffer greatly.

The heat-loving crops include squash, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes… All of these are putting on tremendous growth each day now.

Our squash patch.
The beefsteak tomatoes which we do not stake, are growing so much we are adding more straw for them to sprawl on.
Patty pan summer squash (above) and yellow zucchini (below) always start their season producing an enormous quantity of fruit. In a few weeks they will slow down and take a rest before (hopefully) resuming big production again.

The crops that suffer in this heat include most of the salad greens, broccoli, cabbage …

We pick our greens first thing in the morning before it gets too hot. We taste as we pick to ensure the heat has not caused bitterness.

Instead of forming beautiful vase shaped heads (left) the bok choy stretches it’s stems (right) – still great to eat, but not nearly as pretty!

We lost our next 2 plantings of mini romaine lettuce.

The lettuce in the one bed stretched it’s heads so much there really isn’t anything there to eat – it’s mostly stem. This is partly due to the weather & partly due to the weeds that blocked it from the light (our fault).
And this planting of green mini romaine got leaf tip burn from the heat – the edges of all the leaves turn black. Every single head is ruined! The red romaine was mostly ok.

What’s in the box?

Zucchini, beets, kohlrabi, fresh herbs, salad greens, green onions.

extras – garlic scapes.

Fresh herbs are the new items in your box this week. Choose a bunch of dill, parsley, basil, or cilantro.

Today’s pick of zucchini.

Here is a recipe for kohlrabi soup that one of our CSA members shared.

Kohlrabi Soup – Hungarian style

Sauté 2 cups cut up kohlrabi in sunflower oil and a little water. When you can pierce it with fork, mash with potato masher.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add a tablespoon full of tapioca powder or flour. Mix well.

Add 2 cups chicken broth – bring it to a slow boil.

Add 2-3 tbsp. of cut up parsley.

Add half a cup of sour cream with one tsp of apple cider vinegar.

You may want to eat it with croutons or for extra flavor add bay leaves at beginning of process.


Around the farm this week …

We’re gaining on the weeds in most areas of the farm. Nice to see rows again!
There are lots of tomatoes on the plants!
The bees are busy in the zucchini blossoms.
The sumac along the railroad tracks already putting on a show.
Borage – a unique herb with a cucumber taste. The flowers are so beautiful I have to include 2 pictures!
Cats & dogs – chilling as best they are able in this heat.
Deadheading the calendula (along with lessons on the safe way to use sharp tools)

This is week 6 of our CSA – we are already 1/3 of the way through the season.

But still lots of great vegetables coming!

One thought on “CSA 2021 – Week 6

  1. Thanks for commenting on bounty and beauty. H

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