Farm News – June 20, 2016

Circle Brook Farm
Circle Brook Farm

Hello Everyone!  So we continue to experience dry conditions here on the farm.  We have had several more predicted rainfalls fail to arrive.  We have another shot at a little precipitation overnight on Monday and perhaps a better chance of the wet stuff on Thursday.   Keep your fingers crossed, say a prayer or perhaps do a rain dance if you are so inclined.  In the meantime, we will continue to move the sprinklers around the fields and employ creative tricks to get the seeds to sprout.

This week’s share will be very similar to last week’s.  We still have lots of spectacular spinach as well as escarole and frisée, so enjoy them now as they won’t be back until the fall.  We have Swiss chard ready and a second planting of arugula for next week’s greens.  We are still inundated with garlic scapes so we will send some more one last time.  These will keep for weeks even months in the fridge so don’t feel the need to use them quickly.

The broccoli and the peas on the other hand should be used as soon as possible; especially the English or shell peas.  These turn starchy very quickly.  We will begin to have more sugarsnap peas (edible pod) soon and these hold their sweetness much better.  The summer squash is coming in heavy now so there will be more in the shares.  We are back to radishes for the root vegetable this week, except for those who did not receive their salad turnips last week.  We will have beets for you next week.  Broccoli is becoming abundant and if you did not get it last week you should see it this week.  Those who received broccoli will get kale.

The share for this week will be: Lettuce, summer squash, garlic scapes, radishes (or salad turnips), broccoli or kale, kohlrabi, spinach, choice of escarole or frisée, peas, and choice of cilantro or dill.

Enjoy! Farmer John

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