We are starting to enter in to the time of the CSA that I know everyone (including me) looks forward to: the harvest of popular summer vegetables. While I get excited for just about everything as it comes available in our fields, vegetables such as beets, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, beans, and summer squash are some of my favourites. This week, we will see the early versions of some of these items, with more to come in the following weeks. Baby beets and carrots will be options this week and there will be beautiful baby potatoes for everyone! We spent a day uncovering and weeding the broccoli and I am pleased to see many small heads forming. They may only be the size of a toonie, but they will size up quickly and be ready in a week or two. The cucumber plants are looking fabulous and I see many teeny, tiny cucumbers that will be available in a few weeks. We are seeing some cucumber beetles, which feast on the leaves, but so far, some moderate hand picking seems to be keeping the damage at bay. As a test, I harvested some baby potatoes earlier this week. Aren't these little gems beautiful?!
You will notice that Green Garlic is one of the items in the share this week. Green garlic is simply freshly harvested garlic bulbs that have not been cured. They will have a fresh, light flavour and can be used in the exact same way as cured garlic (which will be coming in a few weeks). Since the bulbs are not cured, green garlic should be used within a week or two, but can remain on your counter-top because refrigeration will dull the flavour.