As happens this time of year, spring crops are fading and summer crops are taking center stage. The peas, regrettably, decided they were done as abruptly as they started. And our first bean planting is teetering on extinction while the second is coming in. But everything has its season and there is nothing sad about summer vegetables. As you know, the cucumber plants are not joking around about making cucumbers. If you haven’t tried them already, check out our silver slicers. They are sweet, juicy, and crunchy. Never bitter. The summer squash is making appearances, but is still a little shy.
Other exciting signs of summer: The New Potato Sample! Although we will be waiting to harvest more, so as not to tax the fall crop, that sneak preview of the potatoes sure was exciting, I hope you got a chance to taste them. Annnnd we are starting to see spots of red in our tomato planting- glimmers of what’s to come, still some weeks away, but certainly on the horizon. In the meantime, green peppers are coming in! And a smattering of eggplant- nothing like what will show up this summer, but a taste.
Also new—carrots! As Doug and Peter will tell you, there is nothing quite like weeding the carrots. The long beds loom ahead of you and each carrot seedling is so delicate and small compared to the faster maturing plants around them. They must be direct seeded—dropping the seed straight into the big world—since they don’t like to be disturbed (also it is impractical to transplant the number of carrots we put in the ground). Then they are slow to germinate, slow to peak out of the soil, and slow to excel to full on carrot status. But we all know the carrots are worth it. Roasted, juiced, and the classic, eaten as is.
I’ve nothing much else to report other than that we are all happy on the farm, working like mad, and eating vegetables. Have a wonderful week!
The Whistling Wolf Farm Team: Helen, Peter, Doug, Laser, and Exie