This week, we have potatoes, onions, garlic, beans, sweet peppers, tomatoes, kale and collards, herbs, chili peppers, summer squash, watermelon, and cantaloupe. I think I'll also be able to find some cucumbers, swiss chard, and the last of the edamame. After today, we're expecting an uncharacteristically cold week, so I don't know what's going to happen with the garden between now and Thursday, but I think we'll still have most things. The week after that, who knows?
I am wishing for a good rain today. We're now back in the rut in which we found ourselves in May - small crops, lots of them, sitting there, waiting for a rain. The problem with waiting now is that they are going to run out of time. So I suppose it is time to start irrigating again, although I don't want to. Next week, I'm quite sure we can cut some lettuce, and pretty soon after we get just a little more heat and moisture, we should have turnips, kohlrabi, lots more lettuce, a new crop of beans, beets, carrots, cabbage, and all the wonderful fall greens. We will harvest winter squash starting in October.
I haven't grown cantaloupe in several years, and now I remember why. While they are absolutely the most sweet and wonderful lopes you've ever tasted, they almost all have a spot on the side that was sitting on the ground. The problem with cantaloupe (that aren't sprayed multiple times with fungicides and insecticides) is that they ripen, and then two seconds later, they start to rot. So, pick the best one you can find, keep in the frig, cut off the spot, and enjoy them soon. We should have more next week.
Big thanks to a team from Cornell that came on Saturday and helped us get the last of the potatoes dug. YIPPEE. I LOVE crossing things off my list!!! The potato harvest was disappointing this year, about 40% of what we expected, but still enough to get us through the fall. And the quality has been good.
I've got flyers out on the table for "Landfall", a world music festival in Cedar Rapids this week. Lots of great music to enjoy, and much of it is free.
My neighbors about 3 miles away, Kevin and Marie Lynch, have too many APPLES and want to sell some to you. I've tasted the apples; they are gorgeous, big and crisp, and unsprayed. U-pick at their place, $.75 per pound. Kevin and Marie will be here this week handing out samples in case you need more convincing. Make arrangements to pick when you get your veggies, or call Kevin at 721-8218. Kevin's email is above.
The email for Charlotte, our bread lady, is also above. If you want to know her weekly offerings in advance, zap her a note, and tell her which night you pick up so she can get you on the right list.
See you this week,