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Summer Share Week 4

Posted on July 24th, 2020 by Lorraine Blackwell

Things are growing well around here (including the insects, which have been particularly bad this year) and I am busy balancing harvesting summer crops and planting many of the fall crops. More zucchini, cucumber, beets, green onions, kale, kohlrabi, and lettuce were planted this past week and carrots, chard, broccoli, and cauliflower will soon follow.

The tomatoes are growing inches every day and I've been busy trying to stay ahead of the trellising. Right now, the cherry varieties are about 6 feet tall: next week I'll be using a ladder to trellis the new growth! For this week, I decided to package the cherry tomatoes in half pint containers, which means we can stretch them further and everyone who wants will be able to get some cherry tomatoes in their share. The slicing tomatoes are coming on strong but for now I'm leaving them in the swap section for those that are interested. Remember that there were many members who didn't get any tomatoes last week so if you scored several containers last week, perhaps limit yourself to one tomato trade this week :)

I know many people were excited to receive carrots last week! Since they are a member favourite I try to grow plenty and you should expect carrots to be available most weeks throughout the remainder of the season. Our cucumbers are also (finally) starting to produce so you will see some this week with more to come in future weeks.

I'm about to start the garlic harvest in the next few days and the crop is looking big and beautiful. I've have included fresh garlic as an option in shares this week and then we will wait for the garlic to cure and enjoy the rest later in the season. Fresh garlic has not been cured so should be used within two weeks or so, but should not be refrigerated. 

Greens Add-On: Chard

Lettuce Add-On: Salad Mix