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Week of May 22

This week the focus continues to be on seeding and transplanting crops out into the fields. We also rescued some very weedy sugar snap peas before they were swallowed whole. We added an extra early pea planting this summer, so hopefully some of those will be ready a couple of weeks earlier in June than usual (the early ones are just starting to flower). The tomatoes have all had their first round of trellising (pruning and tying up tomatoes will be a weekly task for the rest of the summer) … and we just spotted the first green tomatoes starting to form! The propagation greenhouse is finally starting to empty out, and we just have two weekends left in our spring plant sale – the final weekend will be June 4/5. We’ll be bringing out fresh rounds of tomatoes, cukes, zucchini, and summer squash plants in time for this weekend, and the farmstand will be staffed Saturday from 10am-4pm.

The combination of the mini-heatwave over the weekend plus cool nights this week has made some of our spring crops act a little unpredictably, making it harder than usual to estimate what will be available this weekend. So there will be some extra items in the farm stand that weren’t up on the online store for pre-orders. This week we’ll have:

  • curly green kale
  • spinach
  • arugula–this week it’s a little more mature than in the past few weeks, so it will have a stronger arugula flavor! There’ll be more mild (baby) arugula next week
  • baby bok choy
  • cilantro
  • green garlic–pulled fresh before the garlic has started to flower and form a bulb. You can chop and use the whole thing. We pull the smallest plants, and leave the bigger ones to form bulbs. The flavor is a little more mild than mature garlic cloves, but still definitely garlicky!
  • fresh onions
  • green-stemmed cauliflower (this mini-cauliflower is sweeter, more tender, and faster-growing than the more traditional white-stemmed varieties, which are usually grown as a fall crop)

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