It's week 15 of our food adventure, where has the time gone? Things on the farm are mixed. On the good side of things we are getting rain but not too much rain. Most of the storms have missed us. The rain gets about 3 miles away and evaporates than reforms to the east. We have gotten a couple of short frog stranglers that has left behind about an inch of rain over the past week and that is about perfect. The crops are growing well enough and there seems to be low bug and disease pressure. Oh and we now have air conditioning in the store so the front door will be shut and needs to stay that way. the AC will keep the fridges from working so hard and will mean when the tomatoes start to come in (I expect there will be cherry tomatoes in your shares next week) they need to be stored between 65 and 75 degrees for best flavor. In this heat the store was getting into the high 90's and that is way too hot for most things, including us humans working in the store. Now it is comfortable-cool and dry. Do is the house as we put in an old AC unit that we got for free somewhere a few years ago (but we think we will have to replace it soon, like next week. with a new AC unit as they are so much better in about every way-efficiency, colder, more bells and whistles, etc..). For most of my life I have rejected living with AC but this summer has turned me into a believer. It is so nice to have a cool and dry environment in this hot soup we call the great out doors.
On the bad side of things it is hot and humid, both Eugene and I are injured. I threw my back out at the farmers market last Saturday and it is still bothering me but I can at least move and work (it is best that I do move and work as that loosens it up). Eugene put a potato fork through his index finger on his left hand on Monday and has to try and keep the wound clean and dry (about impossible to do around here) He went to a doctor yesterday as the wound looked really nasty Monday night and was still bleeding after 12 hours. Now he has antibiotics and a relatively clean bill of health and no infection and no stitches as it is a puncture would. None of this should effect your shares in the coming weeks as we are pretty used to working all banged up. You have to be hard core to do this job, market farming is not for sissies.
The other not so great thing is the tiller is still not working but we have found a place that carries the parts for the engine on the machine (it is no longer made and Italian) just south of us in central Kentucky (they are also on 127). We knew about this place but figured it was too far away from us to use but in an act of desperation Eugene called them to see if they had the part he thinks he needs and they did, in stock and they ship (cheaply). So sometime this week we should have some sort of starter coil or whatever the part is. Hopefully it is the correct part. If not than the tiller will still not work and Eugene will order another part and possibly in the near future the entire engine will have been rebuilt. And in the mean time he will prep the fall beds by hand (which we really want to avoid as we are heading into the period where over 100 beds need to be prepped for fall winter and doing this by hand is out of the question. Finding a BCS tiller that is as large as what we use to rent seems out of the question as well). This crisis is making us seriously consider buying a tractor but that will set us back about $15K, which we cannot easily afford. But a tractor would mean an easier job for us aging farmers and being able to produce more food on our farm. stay tuned for updates on the tractor tiller issue...
Please remember to provide a reusable bag, if you have not already to pack your food into and please return all bags, rubber bands, the plastic covering on the berry boxes and anything else we use to pack your food so we can reduce our carbon footprint a bit
No recipe this week
What's in the Share
Arugula-the arugula is back, I hope for a while but with this hot weather it may decide to bolt and due to equipment issues and wet soils no more has been planted yet so we probably will have a gap. So enjoy it while you can
Ailsa Craig Onions-more sweet onions, probably twice what you got last week
Cucumbers- we are now picking a new variety of cucumbers, pickling cukes. these are one of the better cukes for fresh eating because of their think skins, which is also why they are perfect for pickling. You get 2 or 3 cukes
Beets-a nice bunch of chioggia beets
Scallions- a bunch of scallions
Chard-a big bunch of chard (over 1/2 pound)
Basil-another hearty bag of basil
Garlic scapes-This should be the last of them
Garlic-2 corms of garlic
Eggplant-one big black Galina eggplant and one skinny dark purple Asian eggplant
Zucchini- a couple pounds of a mix of the 3 kinds we grow-Patty Pan, Costata Romanesque and Zephyr
Potatoes-a mix of red and white
Bonus Item-White Peaches that the apple guy, Scott Downing gave us last saturday after market. These need to be eaten ASAP and will have soft spots, but they are the best peaches I have had in years AND THEY ARE FREE! If you want more, come to the Oxford Market this Saturday and buy some from the Downing's