First Delivery, saddle up, June 11th 2009

 

june 7 peas, hoed by farmer Ben.

peas, hoed by farmer Ben.

And so it begins…

After a cool and dry spring, we still start on the day predicted for the first delivery.  We had our doubts that we would make it.
The boxes will be light and leafy for the first couple of weeks. But don’t panic. They WILL increase in variety and quantity.

This week:

Collard Greens
Green Onions
Spinach
Head Lettuce
Potted plants (in 4″ peat pots) you will need to plant them out in your garden or a pot on your porch. We are testing your green thumb. quiz later.

Pretty potted strawberry plants

Pretty potted strawberry plants

 

 

 

Tasty potted Basil plants

Tasty potted Basil plants

 

 

 

 

teeeeeny tiny broccoli.  Hey Broccoli, Grow Up!

teeeeeny tiny broccoli. Hey Broccoli, Grow Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broccoli was anticipated for the first box, but the drastic swing in temps (40-80 degrees in 12 hours) and the lack of rain stressed those little guys out and they went reproductive on us too soon.   We call it ‘buttoning up’.  They make heads, but they are only a couple of inches in diameter. It’s a bit of a dissapointment, but we are optomistic with the rain we have gotten that they will put on nice side shoots that will make it into the boxes.

pea sprouts sprouting

pea sprouts sprouting

 

Peas sprouts are also on the radar for your box. it something a bit new we are trying this year. The pea sprouts are great tasting and fun to have around. They taste just like peas and go raw in a salad or lightly sauteed with a little butter and salt. Just like peas. Super Sugar Snap Peas should be ready by week 3 or 4.  Right now they are about a foot tall and climbing rapidly to their epic 5 ft height. They are creating a hedge row of wonderful white flowers and dangling little peas. A rabbits paradise.

 

Peas - Knee high to most, but only ankle high to Josh.

Peas - Knee high to most, but only ankle high to Josh.

We will post again on the delivery day.  Recipes will be printed out and put in the boxes, but the news letter will be posted here.  Yay for Thusday!

lovely Oak Leaf Lettuce

lovely Oak Leaf Lettuce

Collards love the cool weather and won't be bitter because of it.

Collards love the cool weather and won't be bitter because of it.

 

Onions!

Onions!

Spinach - coming soon to your plate.

Spinach - coming soon to your plate.

Lookout for the delivery van!

Lookout for the delivery van!

1 Comment »

  1. melinda said

    And what a beautiful truck it it!

    LOVE the blog! Great idea!

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