Week 6 Shares

Another hot and dry week!  We are starting to see some signs of stress on a few crops, but hopefully the weather forecast is accurate and we get some rain at the end of the week.  We are picking what the raccoons have spared from the first planting of sweet corn, from my walk through count yesterday it looks like 3 ears for a half share and 6 for a full.  The ears are smaller due to the lack of moisture, but the one I sampled still tasted great!

Our daughter Clare used some of the blackberries this past week to make a delicious batch of cupcakes with blackberry frosting.  The recipe link is:  http://dfo-recipes.weebly.com/lemon-cupcakes-with-blackberry-frosting.html

Our cherry tomatoes are starting to ripen up and I'm excited for everyone to try a couple of the new varieties we planted this year.  One type, Sweet Pea Currant, was a bit of a mistake, I didn't realize it was a bush variety and that the tomatoes are only about 1/4" - 1/2" in size, picking is quite laborious but they taste good and are cool to throw in a salad.  By far my favorite new variety is Sun Gold, it is a bright orange cherry with an amazingly sweet flavor (and it's way easier to pick than the tiny sweet peas)

This weeks shares will include:

  • Red Potatoes
  • Sweet Corn
  • Summer Squash / Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Basil
  • Jalapenos
  • Blackberries

A note on storage for the basil - it does not like to be refrigerated.  We've found that keeping it in a glass of water, with the cut stem end down in the water, seems to work the best.