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Box 12, August 11, 2011

Posted 8/10/2011 10:16pm by Andy Watson.

August is traditionally one of our busiest times of the season and this year is no exception. In July we are consumed with weeding and August it is harvesting and replanting. Zucchini and cucumbers are crazy producers and it is always tough to keep up with them. We harvest about 200 pounds of them every 2 days. Forgetting to bring long sleeves and pants during this time of the year is a mistake you don’t make twice...these plants will scratch you up horribly when harvesting this much. Aside from these, tomato picking keeps us busy mostly because it is a bit time consuming. The heirlooms cannot be easily packed due to their irregular shapes and must be handled very gently so they don’t bruise. The stem tips must also be removed so they don’t poke other tomatoes en route to your kitchen table.  Many people refer to heirlooms as ‘ugly tomatoes’ but we wouldn’t think of not growing them. Their flavor is so good and it is nice to continue to keep these varieties around.

We finished up all of the garlic pulling this week (many thanks to those of you that came to the ‘pull-a-thon’), we planted some of the late summer crops and completed various other farm chores.  But the true highlight of the week was to host a tour of our farm and meet with the owners of High Mowing Seeds, an organic seed company out of Vermont. It gave us an opportunity to collaborate on growing strategies and pick up tips from their expertise. It was a great experience!

Second round of flowers have started. From our own bouquet at home last week of sunflowers, we noticed that they drooped much too early in the vase. We are trouble-shooting this and tried a few different things this week. Would be curious to know how they hold up for you this week if you get sunflowers. Enjoy the veggies!

In Your Box This Week:

Beets
Garlic
Lettuce
Cucumbers

Green peppers
Zucchini

Summer squash
Carrots

Tomatoes: cherry & heirloom

Celery                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                `                                                                                               
Flower Rotation

 

Veggie Tip

Cucumbers and zucchini do not like to be too cold.  They can shrivel up and lose their crunch.  Store them in plastic bags in the crisper or in the warmest part of your fridge. 

 

Beets should be stored in a plastic bag and can last for weeks in the crisper.  Just check on them to make sure they are not too wet. A paper towel every once in a while can help dry them up. But you shouldn’t wait weeks to eat them. Fresh is always best.

 

Kelly Bratt & Andy Watson, Sprouting Acres

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