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Harvest Update June 30th

Posted 6/29/2015 10:05am by John and Aimee Good.


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You may have noticed 2 large barrels with plants growing out of them by the barn doors. These "Vertical Gardens" were constructed by The Rodale Institute. CSA members are welcome to pick from them as they enter or leave the barn. Herbs and flowers are in the barrels, which are a neat way to garden in small spaces. They are filled with compost made at the Rodale Institute.

As we will be harvesting herbs in the Upick garden for the rest of the season, here are some storage tips to keep your herbs fresh for the week.

Herb Storage Tips:

Basil is sensitive to cold, and will turn black if stored in the fridge. It is best to keep it in a jar with water, as you would a bouquet of flowers. Best used within a few days.

Parsley can be stored in a Ziploc or other sealed bag in the crisper drawer.

Cilantro and dill are best stored in a sealed container, glass or tupperware.

Sealed containers work best for herbs (other than basil) as they keep them from being crushed by heavy vegetables, and also prevent them from drying out in the fridge. Stored this way, your parsley, cilantro and dill will keep for up to 1-2 weeks.

 

WEATHER UPDATE

According to our rain gauge, we received 3 inches of rain at the farm in the heavy storm on Saturday. The fields are quite saturated with rain, and it will likely be muddy picking this week. Also, as the weather is taking a turn for the cooler, the fruiting crops may slow production. Zucchini, summer squash, and cucumbers are quite sensitive to temperature when it comes to their growth. Really hot weather causes very rapid growth of the fruits, and in cold spells it slows down dramatically.

 

ATTENTION: PLEASE NOTE!

Mushroom shares - Shitakes this week. Store in brown bag in fridge, but not in crisper drawer. Keeps up to 1 week. Great for stir-fry, soups, etc.

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

 

 THE HARVEST

Swiss Chard

Tomatoes - the first fruits from the high tunnel!

Cucumbers

Garlic scapes

Head lettuce

Salad mix

Scallions &/or Mini Purplette onions

Summer Squash &/or Zucchini

Cabbage &/or Broccoli

 

COMING SOON:  Red beets, Green beans, Carrots, Garlic

UPICK: Herbs: parsley, cilantro, dill, & basil; Flowers & Green beans coming soon!

 

RECIPES

Garlic scape recipes are new, rest are old favorites. Enter them into the Search Box to find!

Garlic scape pesto

Garlic scape croutons

Grilled Romaine Lettuce

Swiss Chard Pancakes

 

 

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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