Sunday, July 8, 2012

News from Mountain View Farm

Hi Folks,

We're well into July now and we've been trying to keep our cool despite the recent heat wave and the ten billion things we have to do around here each day. Last week our two main cultivating tractors broke down on the same day which left us temporarily without any reliable method of mechanical cultivation. July is a juggling act, between harvesting, dealing with weeds and continuing to transplant and seed in the fields. It's been dry, which has its own set of challenges. We've learned over the years that we will take too dry weather over too wet, so we are trying to remember that as our parched farm crew sets up and moves irrigation day after day. Dry weather means less weeds and it is also less conducive to many crop diseases (including late blight) which thrive in wet, cooler conditions. Cucumbers and fresh onions are welcome additions to the farm share this week......

What's in the shareroom this week?

Fresh onions, also known as green onions, are an amazing seasonal treat. These beauties have not been dried, or cured, for storage, and they must be refrigerated until you use them. Green onions are sweeter and milder than the storage onions we will have available later in the season. Try them sliced raw on a sandwich or in a salad or cooked on the grill.

Your farm share this week will also include head lettuce carrots, beets, fennel, cauliflower, scallions, kale, swiss chard, summer squash, zucchini, bok choy, chinese cabbage, komatsuna, arugula, tot soi and cucumbers.

UPick information

Flowers galore!! Our flowers look gorgeous this season. We grow dozens of varieties of flowers....Please bring a container for flowers, scissors and water if you can....Enjoy them!

Herbs including italian basil, lemon basil, purple basil, thai basil, cilantro, dill, sage, oregano, thyme, savory and lemongrass are open for picking. Take a few handfuls this week.

Green beans are open this week, check the board for amounts and availability.

UPick hours are Monday-Saturday during daylight hours. The farm is closed on Sundays.

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