Week 9 from Valley Flora!

  • Broccoli
  • Red Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Basil
  • Head Lettuce
  • Walla Walla Sweet Onions
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers, lots of cucumbers!
    • Sometimes it's fun to get a motherlode of something in your tote, so that you can make a heap of a recipe that's all about that one thing. Cucumbers are that one thing this week, and all of them are super-sweet and crunchy. They're coming out of our outdoor planting by the cart-load now and are soooo good (I ate four cukes yesterday, just munching and snacking throughout the day, and slicing them up at dinner, so hopefully you'll have no trouble getting through 6 cukes in one week). This food blog has 50 ideas for all the tasty ways you can feature your cukes: https://insanelygoodrecipes.com/cucumber-recipes/. And if you start to have a cuke pile-up in the fridge, the fastest way to disappear them is by juicing (in which case, you might find yourself clamoring for twice as many cukes as you're getting right now. If that's you, we'd be happy to pack you a special order bulk box, just email us).

In non-farm, high alpine news, I'm back from a spectacular week in the Trinity Alps, this time (and for the first time) with kids, dog, and hubby! And while it was hard to find some pictures where everyone had their clothes on (skinnydipping opportunities abound in those lake-strewn peaks), here are a few to sum up the sublime week that it was: clear skies; willing, steady and strong horses; wide-eyed and delighted kids; vast grassy meadows teaming with micro-flora and fauna; flutters of butterflies cavorting at the top of peaks; sci-fi lakeside hatches of dragonflies (metamorphosis before our very eyes!), and the height of the alpine wildflowers. The kids are already babbling about "next year in the Trinity Alps..."

A huge thank you to the rest of the farm team for getting all the food harvested in my absence and keeping the train chugging on Floras Creek. So grateful!