Firsts

Went to my first Farmer’s Market ever on Wednesday, and am heading into week four of the CSA-so far response has been good and the vegetables look and taste great!   A few of my mustards have been gnawed by flea beetles and I have been having a heck of a time getting the carrots to germinate in any kind of uniform stand-really tough in my rough terrace beds that were formerly pasture.  I am experimenting with fluid drilling and following the cut and come again greens so they have cleaner beds to germinate in.  But the weather has been all over the place:  midwestern style gullywashers, a week of ‘normal’ early june weather (cool and rainy) and now-a week in the 90’s.  Not sure I will have enough veg for the farmers market this week-I’ll try to make the call today or tomorrow, but for the CSA the share continues to be green green green.  The big hit from the early season shares-pesto made with fava tops!  Just make pesto as if you were using basil, with nuts, cheese, lots of garlic, olive oil, salt pepper and a squeeze of lemon.  Fava top pesto I find is best the day it is made-it can get a little bitter if it sits around too long.  Here are some glamour shots of the veg from a recent share:

cherry belle

cherry belle

 

garlic scapes

garlic scapes

salad mix

salad mix

green garlic

green garlic

shuksan strawberries from Square Peg Farm!

shuksan strawberries from Square Peg Farm!

Since my farm is new and orchards and berries are not yet in-I supplement the vegetables with fruit from other local farms as I am able.  Hoping for some raspberries this week!

The elk have been curious but not destructive so far, and the fence is going in whenever we can find a few hours-I look forward to not worrying so much about my tomato plants at night.  I am heading out now to water and cheer on the new potatoes and beets and peas (I didn’t plant enough peas-I am so sad about that) and coax the romaine lettuce into staying sweet and not bolting for at least one more day……  Squash, cukes, corn and beans are up-summer veg is just around the corner!

Enjoy the sun, and stay cool!

 

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About spudlust

wannabe farmer, urban homesteader, small town girl itchin to move out of the city
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