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:
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!