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Week 5, 2010

July 16, 2010

  • Lettuce, “New Red Fire”
  • Beans
  • Radishes
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage or Bok choy
  • Carrots
  • Basil
  • Potatoes, Red Norland
  • Scallions
  • Summer Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Shell Peas

Rummaging through the garage earlier this week in search of pepper cages, I came across an odd discovery: a hammock. I remember resting on just such a hammock in the past, whiling away the lazy summer afternoon with a glass of iced tea, a good book, and Nina fanning me with a large leaf of Swiss chard. Indeed, spending the afternoon on a hammock is all I feel like doing on these ridiculously hot, humid days. Holy pants-afire! The other day we hit 95° with 90% humidity. So did the hammock come out and find a spot in the shade? Of course not! That’s what January is for….

With the relentless heat, we’ve had to bid farewell to the last of our spring favorites. Spinach and salad greens greet the onslaught of summer by “bolting,” or dramatically producing seeds. This energy takes away from the desirable leafy greens, turning them bitter and wilted and even sacrificing some leaves. Peas are no friend to warm weather, with their vines quickly rotting and any remaining snap peas turning yellow and waxy. We did find a few more shell peas, though, to finish up their season.

Some good news with the warmth, though: We picked the first of our Beans this week, fully three weeks ahead of last year. We have planted green, yellow, and the popular Dragon’s Tongue (purple/white) varieties this year. Any returning members from last year will likely recoil on seeing the first of these beans, remembering the overload of them we stuffed in the box last year. Have no fear—we planted proportionally a much smaller area and will try to rein in the harvest as needed.

We are still waiting for more Cabbage to achieve their full size, so everyone will receive either a head (or half) of cabbage or Bok Choy this week. We’ll keep track of what goes where, and try to equal everything out in the next week or two.

Our poor, poor broccoli plants…. They look so pathetic: massive leaves outstretched around heads that just won’t form. It’s hard to be patient, but the goodness of broccoli is still coming your way. We’re not entirely sure why they aren’t forming heads, but we have 210 plants that should produce edible heads any day now. Please send me any broccoli jokes so I can recite them to the plants and try to cheer them up: FoxAndFawnFarm@gmail.com

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