In Your Share This Week
- Kohlrabi or Sweet Peppers
Carrot Mix: We were getting towards the end of our inventory from our earlier harvest and our next planting isn’t quite ready, so we thought we would just blend them all together to create a fun carrot mix. The mix is predominately yellow and white carrots with a little bit of orange. The yellow carrot is a variety called ‘Jaune de Doubs’ (we call them JDD for short) that I think really shines at its best when cooked. I find them to be pretty firm and less sweet when raw- but when you cook them the color intensifies to a deeper golden/orange with a great texture that holds up to slow-cooking. I’ve always hated mushy carrots in my soup, but the JDD’s hold their texture and don’t turn to mush…wooohooo! As for the white carrots, I think they are consistently the sweetest carrots we grow and I would definitely recommend enjoying those raw!
Corn: Its the peak of corn season at SIO! We have just finished up harvesting everything from our last planting, and the next planting is hot on its heels- so expect a helping of corn in the share next week as well. So far we haven’t seen tons of corn borers, but don’t be alarmed if you find a green caterpillar-looking creature hangin’ around at the tip of the ear when you shuck your corn. Also its late summer, which means…CORN BORERS!!! Now we know that peeling back the husk to find a caterpillar munching on your corn isn’t the most sought-after thrill, but its an unavoidable fact of late summer Organic corn. This pest was much of the impetus for biotech companies to genetically modify corn- the result was Bt Corn. Bt (aka Bacillus thuringiensis) is a bacteria that occurs naturally in soil and is an Organically acceptable insecticide product that is available for Organic farmers to use against insects like corn borers. Monsanto found away to engineer Bt directly into the corn, so the plants produce their own Bt that destroy corn borer larva. Long story short, if you find corn borers in your corn…you know its not genetically modified! And as always, we grow all of our crops without insecticidal, fungicidal, or herbicidal sprays (we do however enlist armies of mail-order ladybugs to help us out from time to time).
Eggplant: This week some folks will get Japanese eggplant, and other will see Italian bell types.
Kohlrabi or Sweet Peppers: We have just enough of each of these crops to patch together the week for everybody- so folks who pick up on Tuesday will get Kohlrabi and Thursday folks will get Sweet Peppers. The hope is that next week we will flip-flop it and do Peppers for Tuesday/Kohlrabi for Thursday. More about peppers next week, but we like to grow a few varieties that are conical in shape rather than bell-shaped. These red and gold varieties are real winners!
Onions, Tropea: Its the end of Tropea season, we’ve pretty much used them up! Say farewell to the lovely little Tropea onions, next we will begin featuring our red and yellow storage onions in the CSA…
Tomatoes: By the looks of the plants as well as the weather forecast, my prediction is this will probably be the last valiant push from the tomato field before it starts to sputter out. I would imagine we can do some red slicers in the share for another week or two…then the fast and furious tomato season of 2016 will be over already. It seems like we just started!