We've been enjoying the warm and sunny weather this past week. It's a change from the summer up until this point! A big task for us at this time of year is the garlic harvest. Last fall we planted about 7000 bulbs of garlic and now the harvesting begins! We've harvested 2 beds with another 10 to go. I hope that we can finish up in a week or so. So far, the quality looks great. We've seen a small amount of rot, which is either due to the wet conditions or nematode damage. We're hoping the first because it's a much smaller problem than nematodes. Nematodes are a tiny soil organism that feeds on garlic and persists in the soil for years.
We are also seeing some tomatoes starting to ripen and the eggplants are slowly growing the size. The peppers are still green but I hope to see some colour in a couple weeks. Not much longer and these vegetables will make an appearance in your shares!
It's hard to believe but I have also done half of the planting of our fall brassica crops. Today I planted 4 varieties of cabbage as well as some cauliflower. In another week or two I will be planting kale, broccoli, fall kohlrabi. These vegetables will mature in late September and early October.
You'll notice that potatoes are a choice item this week - for those with potato add-ons you will not receive your add-on this week. Add-ons will only be on the weeks that potatoes are a non-choice item.
Savoy Cabbage is a choice item this week and is a favourite of mine (well, all cabbage are, actually). Savoy cabbage is a green cabbage with crinkly leaves that are mild and tender. Use it any way you would use other green cabbages or try one of the recipes below! I particularly like it sliced thinly and added to soups near the end of cooking.
Roasted Savoy Cabbage
Farfalle with Savoy Cabbage, Pancetta, and Mozzerella
Apple, Walnut, and Savoy Cabbage Salad