Week 11 from Valley Flora!

  • Walla Walla Sweets
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
    • Slicers
    • Mini Cukes
  • Basil
  • Head Lettuce
  • Austrian Crescent Fingerling Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Zucchini
  • Beet Greens

On Rotation:

  • Green Beans
  • Purple Peppers

Here comes August, hitting us upside the head with a rainbow of abundance. Instead of trying to figure out what to put into the CSA share each week, the challenge now is deciding what NOT to put in it! The cucumber glut continues, the green beans are still giving, the strawberries are on the rebound, and when we went to thin our beds of red storage beets we realized that the greens were too tender and beautiful to not share with you (beet greens are delicious and deeply nutritious - use them like kale/spinach/chard).

All this, plus Bets just hinted that tomatoes might be on next week, we harvested our first bin of eggplant, AND, drumroll, we just unwrapped our inaugural stick of "corn butter" last night, which means that we ate the first ears of a bicolor named "Sweetness" for dinner (slathered in said butter). I'm pretty sure you'll be seeing sweet corn in your tote next week! As my irrepressibly enthusiastic father, the late Bill Bradbury, would say: WOOHOO!

Hold onto your hats and get ready for some quality chewing: the heart of harvest season is here!

Also here - and almost a month early: Uma's watermelons! Ask my 8 year old daughter what she wants to be when she grows up and she will instantly reply: "a watermelon farmer." By the looks of this year's melon patch, she seems to have a pretty good knack for it (although I will continue to gently suggest that, longer-term, variety is the spice of life, and more to the point, that diversity is your best friend in the unpredictable world of farming :). You can find her watermelons at the farmstand piled high in the red wagon, and if you happen to catch her there at her lemonade stand you can ask her all about watermelon whispering: how do you know when a watermelon is ripe and ready for picking?! I think she knows the answer, see Exhibit A below.

Have a great week, savor it all!