Farm News – June 19, 2023

Circle Brook Farm
Circle Brook Farm

Hello Folks!  So, we received about 1.2 inches of rain from three separate storms over the past week. Not as much as we would have liked, but enough that we could take a break from moving the sprinklers around constantly and prepare some more ground for planting. We are heading into scattered thunderstorm territory, hopefully some of these will scatter some precipitation on us.

Everything is growing well now, and the produce should become more varied and abundant each week. The peas are beginning to come in heavy now, as is the summer squash. We should have some cucumbers for you soon, and the eggplant is setting fruit. Tomatoes and peppers are still about a month away. We transplanted the melons last week, a bit later than usual, but they will be ripening in August.

For this week we have some fresh garlic for you; small heads and the skins on the cloves have not dried yet, but it is juicy and flavorful. The root of the week will be salad turnips and if we run out of these, we will substitute beets. We have a second planting of the turnips sizing up so if you don’t get them this week, you will the next. They can be eaten raw or cooked; sweet and delicious either way and with beautiful greens to add to your salad, or to braise.

The share for this week will be: Spinach, peas (mostly English or shell types), lettuce, summer squash, choice of arugula or tatsoi, salad turnips, fresh garlic, bok choy, and choice of an herb (cilantro, dill, chervil, marjoram, or summer savory). Premium shares will include endive (frisée) and a second bunch of spinach.

The fruit share for this week will be: cherries and blueberries.

Enjoy! Farmer John

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