In Your Share This Week
- Bok Choi
- Cabbage, savoy
- Onions, Cabernet
- Peppers, sweet mix
- Winter Squash, Delicata
Cabbage, savoy: The Linnton Feed and Seed has always been a very local and helpful resource and recently provided us with lime that we use to increase the pH of our soils to grow healthy cabbages and their relatives like broccoli, joi choi, and arugula. This Miletta variety of savoy cabbage comes from seed bought from Osborne Seeds based in Mt. Vernon, WA. The entire crop was planned to be stored through the winter at the J & D Refrigerated Services warehouse in Clackamas, but the cabbages got way too big, so enjoy. Full shares get an entire head and half shares, one half, or a smaller head.
Carrots: These Bolero carrots were seeded on May 11th from seed bought from Johnny’s Select Seeds based in Maine. These storage variety carrots were harvested today, Monday, just before the forecasted rains. We feared that with another good rainfall these already large carrots would split in the field making them a little bit less cosmetically appealing. But, thank you University of Portland’s Bon Appetite run kitchen, as they gladly buy most of our ‘b’ grade carrots to include in their cuisine.
Celery: This crop of celery headed up beautifully and surpasses our last distribution in yield weight, taste, and color. It was grown in our heavier clay soil that has higher mineral content and better water holding capacity. This variety, Tango, was sourced from High Mowing Seeds in Vermont.
Chard: Our swiss chard patches continue to be super productive this season. Some of our excess swiss chard was sold wholesale this season to the Organically Grown Company who then distributed to the various local super markets that feature organic vegetables.
Onion, Cabernet: The Fisher Bag Company with warehouses in Portland and and Kent WA supplies us with all the mesh bags that we keep our onions in all winter. We are grateful for Metro for leasing us dry winter storage space in their barn for all of our storage onion varieties, of which we have recently bagged and stored around 11,000 pounds.
And finally a shout out to the folks at IFCO who make it super easy to order, pick-up, and return all of our re-usable plastic containers that the boxed CSA shares arrive to you in. IFCO rents those plastic bins to us, we return them to their facility in St. Johns were they get washed and sanitized.
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