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Cucumbers Grow Their Own Sun Umbrellas

Posted on June 29th, 2020 by Ilene Freedman


  • Please read the board in the Veggie Shed. It is the key to our self-serve honor system.
  • Try to do all your swapping during customization, so we can harvest accurately. Ask Phil or I before you swap anything in the Veggie Shed. We always have extra lettuce, but sometimes a crop is limited (like basil and dill). If it’s limited, Harvie will only distribute it to a few people, and it might not be available for swapping. (It might look like you could buy extra, but if you followed through with that, it will say it is sold out.) If you aren’t getting something you want, let me know and I will try to help during the next week’s customization. 


The sunflower garden is in peak bloom. We get another bloom when the giant sunflowers in the center bloom. Behold the beauty! Read the story of Emily’s Stand here.


Cucumbers grow their own sun umbrellas! The big leaves of cucumbers shade the cukes so they don’t get scorched by the sun. Clever design. I have to peak under leaves and move them aside to find all the cucumbers. Picking cucumbers is hard work. I have a love and hate relationship with a big cucumber patch. Like zucchini, it’s a lot of routine picking--every couple days--and heavy crates to haul back to the cooler. But what a bounty and a favorite crop to eat. I like them chilled and sliced. Maybe a little salt and lemon over them. Dipped in hummus. Chopped with parsley and tomatoes and sometimes quinoa. Enjoy your cucumbers!


If you didn’t see the recipe for zucchini-crusted pizza, here it is. It is so good, more like a crispy flat quiche, we don’t put toppings on it. I haven’t made it without cheese, but I am going to try. 


We are harvesting our garlic crop. You can see it airing out in the barn. It is curing now, which dehydrates the garlic with some airflow to strengthen the flavor and protect it from rotting on your counter. We are always a couple steps ahead of you: as you enjoy cucumbers and zucchini, we are busy planting the next crops. This week we are planting butternut squash and pie pumpkin seedlings that we started on tables a few weeks ago.


Welcome to our newest CSA member, Piper Pennington, born June 12. We love welcoming in new CSA members, especially newborn members! I’ll post a photo on House in the Woods Farm and Friends FB group--a photo of her first visit to the farm.