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Harvest Update June 22nd

Posted 6/22/2015 12:22pm by John and Aimee Good.


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The time for cutting herbs and flowers weekly in the garden is upon us. Please take note of the following tips when cutting herbs:

PARSLEY: Please just pick outer leaves from plants. Parsley will continue to grow for most of the season if harvested this way. Cutting off entire plant at the base removes the growing tip, and it cannot grow again.

DILL & CILANTRO: These plants are trying to make seed quickly, and we want to keep them in the leaf stage as long as possible. So ere it is OK to cut them straight across at a low spot, but not completely at the ground. Cutting off any tall shoots helps to prevent seeding and promote vegetative growth.

BASIL: The basil will be ready for harvest in a few weeks. We begin by pinching off the top cluster to encourage branching in the plant. After the plants get bigger, we will harvest by cutting at a lower branch, but not at the base. If basil is cut off at the base it cannot regrow, as it has lost its growing tip. For the rest of the season, it is best to pick the branches, and be sure to remove flowering tops, to encourage it to keep growing leaves through the season, and not go to seed prematurely.

FLOWERS: At the start, please cut only down to the first branch, to encourage branching in the plant, and continued growth. As they get taller, you can cut down to next branch, for a longer stem, but do not cut at the base. Flowers that are cut down to the base will not re-grow, as the growing tip is gone.

PLEASE SEE ILLUSTRATION TO THE LEFT. THANKS!

ATTENTION: PLEASE NOTE!

*Cheese shares this week!

Mushroom shares - golden oyster & pioppino this week. Store in brown bag in fridge, but not in crisper drawer. Use within a few days if possible. Saute gently in butter and add to pasta, with cooking greens, cabbage, zucchini, etc.

*Fruit shares still available. Check out our Cooperative Shares for more info and signup links.

*Last days to sign up your kids to be a Budding Farmer. Deadline is this Wednesday June 24th.

*Please check the Balance Sheet in the barn. All final balances must be paid by June 30th.

 

 THE HARVEST

Cucumbers

Broccoli

Garlic scapes -chop entire scape finely and saute like garlic. Slightly more mild flavor. Great in salad dressings too. Search for the White Bean & Garlic scape Dip recipe on our website.

Head lettuce

Salad mix

Scallions

Summer Squash & Zucchini

Napa Cabbage  - (Also called Chinese Cabbage) Napa is a tender, juicy cabbage with thin leaves. Excellent for slaw or stir-fry. Search for recipes under Chinese Cabbage.

 

COMING SOON:  Cabbage, Red beets, Green beans, Mini purplette onions

UPICK: Last of the sugar snap peas, parsley, cilantro, & dill

 

RECIPES

Napa cabbage is here this week. Here are some ideas on ways to use it.  8 Things to do with napa cabbage.

Thanks to CSA member Jean Madeira for the following recipe contributions: Kale Chips with Cashew Nacho Cheese, Thai Snap Pea Coconut Curry Soup

Thanks to CSA barn helper (on Fridays) and Farmer John's mom Kay Good for the following recipe: Carmelized Cabbage with Noodles

 

Enjoy!

As always, if you need an idea for the produce in your share, check our Recipe Page! You can search by vegetable!  

 

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

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