30 Jul

2014- CSA – Week 7

My grandaughter, Katie, is here visiting from Costa Rica.  I set her to task picking raspberries.  Isn’t she beautiful?  She is a born gardener.  I wish she would move back and help me in the gardens.  Summer here is off season there.  It could just work!

It’s been another hot week here!  We could use some rain to give us a break from watering.  We have been reseeding and weeding.  The dreaded purslane tends to take over so we try to get it out before it sets seeds.  It is an annual weed and spreads its seeds prolifically, so this time of year is a good time to get it out!  I planted a trap crop of nastursiums to attract the flea beetles and keep them off of the brassicas.  It is working fairly well, but the new seedlings of radishes that are just coming up are already riddled with holes.  Drats!   Just one of the many challenges of growing organically.  We get so used to seeing the perfect produce at the grocers that we have come to expect the same from organically grown crops.  Even though there may be some cosmetic damage, the vitality and flavor that you get from locally grown organic produce is a thousand times better, and the environment is not harmed by the use of toxic herbicides and pesticides.

If you are not completely satisfied with your weekly share, I want to know.   I want to make sure that you are happy with the produce.  Your comments help me get better at what I do.

Eggs will be available every week for $3 per dozen.  Please return your egg cartons, as Marlene, the egg/chicken goddess, recycles them.  Ditto on any plastic cartons that are used to package produce in your weekly basket.  I try not to purchase plastic packaging, so recycling those clamshells that you get at the market is a win for you and me and a win for the environment.

This weeks share includes carrots, red cabbage, beautiful purple, yellow and green French beans, yellow and green summer squash, cucumbers, kale and Italian basil.  Pick up your share between 4 & 6 PM.  Please let me know if you are not able to come, so that I don’t wait for you.