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Week 9: Summer Squash Fading, Tomatoes Shining Bright

Posted on July 20th, 2021 by Hana Newcomb

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We just passed the halfway point for the Summer CSA--this is the time when tomatoes start ripening fast, we are in the middle of the onion harvest, and squash is no longer taking up a disproportionate amount of our time and energy.

It always happens that our first and second plantings, put in a full month apart on April 25 and May 25, pile up on each other and both are producing at the same time for most of July. The first patch is too nice to kill and the second one can't be ignored, so we are stuck picking zucchini and yellow squash every single day. On the hot nights, squash nearly doubles in size by daybreak.  Last week I finally mowed the first planting, even though the plants were still upright and vigorous. We just couldn't do it anymore. And we needed to clear our schedules to start paying attention to the tomatoes for the next couple of months. We do have our priorities.

It is also worth noting that this is Week 9 of your 16 week season! We are on the downward slope of the Summer CSA share even though it is just getting ramped up. It is amazing what can happen in two months on the farm! 

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