Welcome back after our week break! We were able to tackle some tasks around the farm that are hard to get to when I'm harvesting in full swing. And we also were able to do a day trip with the boys to Canada's Wonderland - a first for them.
The summer vegetables are all starting to make their appearance this week and there are many more great items coming over the next 3 weeks or so. I'm particularly happy with the napa cabbage, which are big and beautiful. Don't worry if you can't use it all in one week: napa stores for weeks if tightly wrapped and stored in your crisper! We also have the first beets which look wonderful and thick green onions which are perfect for grilling. The zucchini started producing a bit earlier than expected so I have been stockpiling zucchini over this past week and everyone will get one more zucchini than normal this week. This is the perfect time to make zucchini loaf, grilled zucchini steaks on the BBQ, or zucchini fritters.
Finally, this week contains a new salad mix I am trying (and I'm already sold on it). Unlike typical baby salad greens, this mix is grown from full heads that have been bred to break into perfect salad size pieces when harvested. You will find that this mix is crisp and very flavourful and will have a much longer shelf life than your average baby mix. Enjoy!
I am seeing the first blush of colour on the slicing tomatoes so it won't be too much longer and we will get to add tomatoes to shares. I can't wait!
I'm excited to include an English Cucumber in everyone's share this week. These cucumbers are greenhouse cucumbers that were grown in the back of our propagation greenhouse. This is my first year experimenting with them and overall I am really happy with them. Unfortunately, pill bugs killed half of the new transplants despite my regular application of diatomaceous earth. But the plants that did survive are cranking out the cucumbers. Now, the cucumber beetles have found them so who knows how long this will last but we will enjoy these until the field cucumbers are ready. We also have the first peas - yeah! This is also the first week for bonus herbs. Just a reminder that these are a 'take or leave' item and cannot be traded-in.
Reminder to everyone that next week (the week of July 8th) is an off week for the CSA and your veggies will resume on the following week. I tried to make this week a generous week so that you have enough veggies to see you through to the next pickup. Plus, this gives you an opportunity to use up those kohlrabi or turnips that are languishing at the back of your fridge ;) When the veggies return the week of July 15th you will see some exciting new vegetables take centre stage!
SOUP CHICKEN BLOW-OUT! We need to clean out our freezers in preparation for the butchering of this year's meat chickens in early August. To do this, we have two types of chicken available:
1. Chicken Carcasses: these are the carcass with meat removed and packaged by our butcher. These are perfect for making bone broth and come frozen. $2 each.
2. Soup Hens: these are laying hens (therefore less meat than a meat bird) that are suitable for making chicken soup or stew and come frozen. $3 each.
If you are interested in some of these, please email me with the type and quantity you would like and I will bring to pickup.