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week 4 share

Hello Folks, I hope everyone had a pleasant Fourth of July weekend. We
don’t get to take much of a break for the holiday here at the farm.
Today, Monday was a regular workday and I spent most of yesterday on a
marathon mission to finish planting the winter squash
I confess that I did catch some blues music and fireworks (ooh-ahh) in
the nearby town of Sparta. The lack of rain in the last 2 weeks has us
moving the irrigation equipment around from field to field, a task
that interferes with our other pressing duties. Oh yes, and it’s been
really hot, in case you hadn’t noticed. Many things are burning up in
the fields, especially my workers and I.  It looks like it will cool
down a bit by the end of the week and we have a couple of chances of
thunderstorms to bring some much needed precipitation.
I’m all for Alliums. I rarely cook a dish that doesn’t start with
onions, garlic or some member of this tasty family. This is why I try
to include some type of Allium in each delivery. I apologize for the
absence of the pearl onions that were promised in last weeks share. I
know we planted them, but we just couldn’t seem to find them in the
field.
Everything gets name stakes as we plant but sometimes they get lost
and at this point it’s hard to distinguish the cippolini onions and
shallots from pearl onions. No matter though, we have lots of large
onions that are ready earlier than expected, so last weeks delivery
should be the only one of the season absent of Alliums.
The cucumbers have started producing heavily and a few groups
received some last week. If you didn’t, you are likely to get some
this week.  The pea season has gone by in a flash owing to all the
heat. We have some sugar snaps left and also a meager harvest of Fava
beans, which we will offer as a choice this week.  The bean crop is
coming on strong and will be ready to fill in as the legume family
member in 2 weeks, if not sooner.
The share for this week will be: Lettuce (either Boston or Oak
leaf)  broccoli, beets(either purple or Chioggia, also known as Candy
cane), kohlrabi, sweet onions, summer squash, cucumbers, Swiss chard,
choice of sugar snap peas or Fava beans and choice of an herb (basil
or parsley)   Enjoy!    Farmer John

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