Chickering, Peacework Farm
lettuce, spinach, choice of rainbow chard or kale, choice of leeks or
garlic scallions (leeks for Newark shares), carrots, asparagus, bok
lettuce, kale, leeks, asparagus, Hakurei salad turnips
Lettuces (two or three) will
finally be in all the shares this week. It’s not at full size yet
but if we wait for it to all size up, we’ll have 1,100 lettuces
ready to go at the same time. Not a good idea! The spinach is from
transplants we started in the greenhouse and
set out in the muddy field last month.
We were hoping to get two cuttings from it but with the recent heat,
it’s beginning to bolt (get its flower heads)
so we have to harvest it. We usually plan to have direct-seeded
mustards and arugula ready to give out with the lettuces so you can
make your own salad mix but the wet
spring really messed up our timing for direct-seeded crops. You can
set transplants out in muddy ground but you can’t push a seeder
through it! You’ll have to scope out what Abundance has available
to fill out your salads.
chard. Last week I explained
Hakurei turnips to the Full shares. Partials have them this week.
They are sweet, mild turnips best (in my opinion) eaten raw as a
snack or in salads. The greens are not hairy like regular turnip
greens. They can be eaten raw, like
arugula, on sandwiches or in salads
or used as a cooking green.
The chard (for new members) is a beautiful variety called “Bright
Lights” developed by Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Maine. The
stems are delicious as well as colorful. When I cook with chard, I
rib the leaves, chop the stems, and saute them with onions and
garlic, then add the chopped greens.
catch up. Now
that the weather has finally warmed up and dried out a bit, we’re
running like crazy to get beds tilled
and plants and seeds in the
ground. Our crew’s been
doing admirably; catching on fast to seeding and transplanting
and harvesting (asparagus
has to be cut twice daily when it gets hot). Sam and Sarah (pictured)
are coming as often as they
can. They will meet the CSA
Core at our meeting this week and begin sharing their ideas
for the farm’s future.
installment payments due. For
those of you paying for your share in four installments, the second
payment was due June 1. If you just joined the CSA and aren’t able
to double up on our first two payments, you can make them
on the first of July,