This past week has provided weather extremes from hot and humid last week in the mid 90’s and so humid you were drenched in sweat standing there. Yet at the same time our crops were dry, and we needed to irrigate some of the vines and tomatoes.
To today, which is wet and cold with the highs in the mid to low 60s feeling like early October. Over the last few days beginning late Sunday until today, we have received around 1 and 8/10 inches of rain. We are very thankful for the nice moisture that was received, and the irrigation has been put to rest again.
These extremes do put stress on our crops. The most noticeable is our tomatoes. Even though we mulch them to help maintain even moisture levels. We have noticed that there is excessive splitting due to the extremes of humidity and moisture. It is a good reminder to us that Mother Nature is always in control. Don’t worry, there are still a lot of tomatoes for your enjoyment, and if you are in need of some for canning, let us know.
Boxes of Produce
This list is prepared before we harvest your share. Some guesswork is involved! We do our best to predict which crops will be ready to harvest, but sometimes crops are on the list that are not in the share, and sometimes crops will be in the share even though they’re not on the list. Remember food safety in your kitchen when preparing, always wash your hands before working with your produce and always wash your produce before eating.
Some of the crops are ran under cold well water to take the field heat off of them so they last longer in your refrigerators. They are not washed – just cooled. So wash your vegetables before eating.
Lettuce and Spinach – A break from this crop this week. We should have a new crop in next week. The weather should lend itself to good growing conditions for it.
Carrots – Here is a good link to carrot recipes.
Sugar Snap Peas – Our third crop of peas. The heat, humidity and rain is speeding this crop along. Enjoy!
Broccoli – Have you been searching for new things to do with this vegetable. Here are a few ideas.
Kohlrabi – Here are some ideas for using your Kohlrabi.
Beets – Larger beets are finally here.
Yellow Onions – See how onions are raised by farmers in Idaho.
Cucumbers – Plenty of cucumbers. Think about trying the sweet refrigerator pickle recipes below or try a refrigerator dill pickle recipe from Taste of Home or canned dill pickle recipe.
Peppers – A variety abound – enjoy!
Tomatoes – Tomato varieties included in your boxes: Yellow Girls, Honey Delights, Big Boys, Roma, Fourth of July, Big Mammas, Honey Delights, Amish Paste and cherry tomatoes.
Potatoes – Yukon Gold and All Blue Potato – We made French Fries out of the blue potatoes – lots of fun with the kids.
Sweet Corn – One of my favorites. I usually simply throw it on the grill with my meat, and they are done at about the same time. Here’s how I grill sweet corn.
Cilantro – Enjoy in salsas, fajitas, eggs and more. Learn more about cilantro here.
Fresh cut arrangement – A variety from sunflowers, Rudbeckia, straw flowers, marigolds and zinnias.
Recipe of the Week
In an effort to use up the bountiful harvest of cucumbers, I went out of my comfort zone and made sweet refrigerator pickles. Below are the two that we tried. Steve thought they were both delicious recipes.