Week #9 – 2013 CSA Season

Week #9What’s in the Box: Heirloom slicing tomato (variety), green cabbage,  summer squash, and zucchini (assorted types), long of tropea green top red onions, dragons tongue beans, cucumber, eggplant, hungarian hot wax pepper, and basil.

What’s going on at the farm:  Conditions remain dry and hot over the last week so let’s hope for  a little more rain in the future.  Irrigation has and will be running constantly.  Lot’s of mowing and weedwacking in the fields this week along with weeding on peppers, hot peppers, tomatoes, shallots and onions. Our green bean crop is looking good and we have been up to our ears picking beans over the last week and over the next few weeks for sure.  All the garlic was harvested and curing rapidly in the hot weather and coming from a very dry soil.  Pretty soon we will be pulling all the summer onions out for curing.  Our heirloom and slicing tomatoes are served up by random variety when it comes to packing boxes we believe random selection is the best way to pack them and guarantees everyone will get an assortment over the season.  Some of the varieties you will receive include yellow brandywine, prudens purple (dark pink), cherokee purple (dark purple to black), virginia sweets (yellow and red striped), lemon boy(yellow), green zebra(green and yellow), big beef(round hybrid red), persimmon(large light orange), tangerine, light orange.    Eggplant, green pepper and cherry tomatoes, may or may not make the shares this week depending on quantity at these early stages of production.  We may have to substitute green beans for dragons tongue beans as well depending on our harvest later this week.  The reason for this is the hot dry weather last week which put the beans into a sort of stalled out phase where new flowers were dropping in the heat instead of making beans.  sweet summer onions, mustard greens, watermelon, cantaloupe, red cabbage, sweet peppers, hot peppers, and cured garlic  are some other crops that will be on the way soon.  Enjoy!

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