June 27, 2012

Hello to all,

I must say that it brought a grin of pleasure  to my face to open the bin of salad greens and smell that familiar, delicious aroma. Oh yes. The season has begun.

In your boxes this week: said yummy salad mix, some leaf lettuce, some green onions–all self explanatory. It’s garlic scape season ( the tops to the garlic are removed so the energy of the plant will focus on growing a nice big bulb) so of course part of that aroma you get from opening your box comes from them. Heads up  to large boxes, you will see these again next week.

Leaf Lettuce, salad greens, garlic scapes, green onions and oregano. Mustard greens not shown.

Leaf Lettuce, salad greens, garlic scapes, green onions and oregano. Mustard greens not shown.

These are smaller and would do nicely steamed or barbequed–for the latter, just brush with olive oil and grill oh so briefly to brown them a bit–they will have a roasted garlic flavor that goes great with chicken or lamb. Alternatively make pesto by blending scapes, olive oil, arugula, and cream cheese. Butter your baguette thickly with scape pesto and top with sliced tomato.
The oregano in your box could be used fresh or dried–so hang it in your kitchen if not using it for spaghetti sauce. Mustard greens are not noted for long shelf life and should be used soon. Excellent with beans and rice, or else dressed with a japanese-inspired tamari, ginger sauce.

News on the farm: well, I guess it’s mostly about rain. Up until this past Sun/Mon, we had had only one other rain of note all season. Boy did it sting to go to Kingston (market) on Sat., drive through rain on the way down, hear about Kingston competitor’s farms getting deluged that very morning, then drive back through another torrential downpour and come back to not a drop here.

The drought has claimed half our early carrots and beets, and completely killed the rhubarb I was hoping for you this week,

Our other challenge (hang on, good news follows) has been rodents. They have been meticulous in chewing up squash and cucumber seedlings–like 80 to 100% of early seedings, as well as sugar snap peas planted—you guessed it, just for you. I have resorted to rat bait and at last we are seeing some survivals.

On the winning side: I have planted brassicas in the barnyard in hopes of beating the swede midge we’ve talked about in years past. I love working down there; the plants are perfect with no marks on them. Keep your fingers crossed.

Garden work has been going smoothly and most plantings are in, up, and the weed-a-thon has begun. Garden looks good. I’m not panicking…at least not today!

Regards, Titia

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