Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Week 10 - The half-way mark

This week marks the halfway point for this year's CSA. I have created a short survey to get some feedback on how your experience has been so far. 

There will be more summer stuff, squash, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, garlic and okra throughout the rest of the season, but there will also be sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, peas, kale, swiss chard and salad mix. I hope that some winter squash will make it into the shares in October as well as another round of cabbage and broccoli around the same time. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015


That last wave of water (and cooler weather) were the last gasp for the summer crops. Now, we will have a lot of summer garden madness for the next 5 or 6 weeks. Speaking of that water, we have received over one foot of rain in the garden so far this month. That's a lot. There have been some losses, and a lot of weeds, but the crops look pretty strong throughout the garden.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Week 8 - Summertime Suppertime

Hello, and welcome to Louisville, KY, a newly minted tropical rainforest. So far this month, according to my neighbor, we've got more than 10 inches of rain. That's more than usual, in case you wondered.

All of this rain has made playing in the garden slightly less joyful, but there is still plenty of produce to enjoy...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2015 Week 6 - Tomatoes...

...are here. I am glad to pass them along to you. The heat that could have ruined the broccoli and cauliflower is likely responsible for getting these to maturity. This is a little early for me to have these, but I decided to grow some tomatoes in my greenhouse this year as an experiment. 

Here's this week's inventory:

Squash Pickles (paid shares only)
Early Tomatoes

These are among the first tomatoes from my greenhouse, the orange/red ones are early girls, which are a dependable early hybrid tomato. The flavor isn't amazing, but they aren't bad. Since most of the other tomatoes I will be giving you are a little funky, I thought a tomato that you might more easily recognize would be nice to see in your share once in a while. The other tomato is a tie dye heirloom. It tastes great. Not as good as some other heirlooms you will get later in the year, but pretty good.

Broccoli rears it's ugly head again (its a pun!!!!!), this time it is a true broccoli variety instead of the stir fry broccoli I have been giving you. I got really lucky that it cooled down last week and rained a lot. If those high temps would have stuck around, this broccoli would have suffered.

The cauliflower this week looks weird, I know. It is green cauliflower (unfortunately not a perfect green because I didn't blanch the plants). It is supposed to be green, don't worry. It tastes like cauliflower, though. I checked.

I made some bread and butter pickles out of the squash that got too big to do much else with. I hope you all like them! Also, if you aren't going to reuse them, I would like to get the jars back, because I will definitely use them again.

This is the last week I plan to give you all beets for a while. If you still have beets left from last week, you can use these together with them.

There is also mint, which I chew on fairly often. When I traveled around the middle east a bunch of years ago, many Arabs would welcome you to their home by asking if you wanted coffee or tea. Arab coffee is basically espresso, which isn't always wonderful in the middle of the summer. But their tea was usually mint tea, which I loved. The great thing is, mint tea is just mint steeped for a few minutes in boiling water. Unfortunately, you need a tool, a reusable tea bag or french press to do it right, because the tea will be better if you chop up the mint first. If you don't have either of those, you can just put some mint sprigs in a mug and pour boiling water over it and stir it around. Also, here are some other ideas.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

2015 Week 4 - Whole-a-whole-lot-a-Love(age)

This week is the first week (of several) that you will receive potatoes. This week you get to try out Irish Cobbler potatoes which is a popular variety with gardeners. It is earlier than many other varieties, and it has an Irish accent and makes shoes in its spare time. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2015 Week 3 - Stir Fry me once, shame on you, stir fry me twice, shame on me?

That's what's up! I have been munching on this stuff all week and it is about time to share. The garden is moving right along as we start the transition into summer crops. I think every week I look out in the garden and see something new that is almost ready to pick I think/say "this is the best time of year." I should just say that all of the times of the year that I get to be out in the garden playing in the dirt are the best times of year.