Happy Labor Day Weekend! We hope you’re all finding some free time for family and friends before the end of summer really hits. We’re still enjoying lots of summer vegetables and appreciating the breeze keeping the mosquitos at bay. These days we are regularly checking on the progress of our winter squash–– checking “field spots” (the yellow spot touching the ground which indicates maturity on many squash varieties and watermelons) and making sure each variety gets the appropriate field-curing time before being harvested. We are also anxiously awaiting the many fall brassicas (members of the broccoli family), including romanesco, brussels sprouts, fall cabbage, and broccoli, which take a long time to mature but are worth the wait! Also, about those hornworms we mentioned– the ones we missed are much bigger now (imagine a thumb-sized caterpillar), but we have seen some with funny little white projections on them, which are the larvae of a small parasitic wasp. These larvae feed on hornworms, killing them and helping us in our fight against them! Seeing these larvae are a great sign of an ecologically-balanced system, so we were excited to discover them this weekend.
This week we will have:
Cabbage, Tropea Onions, Kale, Lettuce, Basil, Beans, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Eggplant, Summer Squash, Arugula, Spinach, Kohlrabi, and Carrots!
We will be giving out Kohlrabi with the leaves attached, and these can be used as well! The bulb itself is a swollen stem that tastes a bit like a sweet broccoli stem and can be used in strifries, eaten raw, grated in slaws… and the leaves can be sauteed like many of our other cooking greens!
We will still be holding our regular pick-up at the farm today, Monday, September 2nd.
See you soon!
Alessia and Virginia