Week 8 Shares

It's hard to believe another summer is coming to an end :(  Back to school shopping was high on the list of priorities this past week as the remaining days of summer vacation has entered single digits.  Best of luck to all of the students, teachers, and parents in the upcoming school year! 

Lots of farm and orchard related activities this week as well:

The new batch of chicks have settled in nicely and are starting to sport their white wing and tail feathers already

We have just about wrapped up our field strawberry planting project which has added 4 additional 100' beds.  It has been a dual purpose project, cleaning up and narrowing the rows in the hoop house and utilizing the excess space in the aisles of our young orchard.  We installed drip irrigation and weed block prior to planting so once they fill in, they should be relatively maintenance free (hopefully)

Our apples continue to make good progress, while still a bit smaller than normal at this point due to the dry conditions most of the summer, they have started to catch up some over the past week.  The Macs are usually ready just after Labor Day, we are starting to see a few drops so we'll keep a close eye, but hopefully they hang on a bit longer and continue to size up!

Fortunately not a lot of fruit set on this tree....

This week's shares will include:

  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini or Summer Squash
  • Beets
  • Swiss Chard
  • Red Romaine lettuce
  • Arugula - a bit dirty from rain splash but we didn't want to wash and pack it wet
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Blackberries
  • And a final picking of sweet corn, not a lot of ears and they are pretty small but perfect to cut off the cob and use in this awesome foil packet recipe - http://dfo-recipes.weebly.com/grilled-shrimp-foil-packets.html