Sunday, August 9, 2009

CSA - Week 10

This week's share will include crisp and peppery-sweet purple cabbage, summer squash, 'Walla-Walla' onion, 'Georgian Crystal' garlic, salad mix, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots. Those with Extra-greens shares will receive salad mix. Week 3 of the Flower share brings more glorious 'Sunrich Gold' sunflowers and colorful dahlias.

A general update on the crop production: The cucumbers are about a week shy of coming into full production, so this week will still be a modest sample. I direct seeded the cukes just before we got a couple weeks of cool, cloudy weather, and unfortunately had to reseed due to a high incidence of seed rot. The second planting is just catching up to what survived from the first. Every year brings new challenges....last year, and end-of-August frost killed our cucumber and summer squash plants. This year I am facing a problem with our eggplant. Eggplant has always produced splendidly for us, but a thrip infestation has done significant damage to the flowers on otherwise beautiful plants. The plants seem to be recovering some now, with fruit setting on the newer blooms. I am hoping that these later-setting fruits will yield enough to put in the share. Disappointing news for many of you, I am sure, but I remain hopeful that we will still get some production. On a positive note, I will be harvesting green snap beans by mid-week. Thursday folks can expect to see the first delivery!

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