And Happy July 3rd, which is when Montpelier celebrates July 4th.
We will still have regular CSA pick-up tonight, from 4:30-6:30, but there are a few important things to note:
- Main Street will be closed from 5:30-7:30.
- The Independence Day Parade begins at 6:00 pm, and School Street will be closed during the parade
- You can avoid road closures and get to the CSA pick-up by taking the Main St. roundabout to Liberty St, right on Loomis, and then left on Park Ave to Union Elementary.
Oh the rain! Maybe the best thing to say is we’re so happy it’s sunny now. Our biggest concern with so much heavy rain is the loss of nutrients. The raised beds do typically withstand rain well, and our beds are slightly sloped to allow water to run off through the pathways, but this last bout greatly challenged us.
The soil was so waterlogged that for the first time in 5 years, we had standing water in some pathways, and little streams running through the end of the beds.
BUT we are looking forward to the boom of growth that always happens when hot, sunny weather follows so much rain.
The first cherry tomatoes are starting to ripen in the greenhouse (!) and cucumbers are forming in the hoop house, alongside the basil. Baby zucchinis are growing, and we’re looking forward to their harvest soon.
The next round of snap peas are coming on, and the first harvest of green beans won’t be far behind.
This will be the last week of hakurei turnips until the fall, and is also the first week of carrots!
We did a little experiment of transplanting carrots with our paper-pot transplanter…and while they did grow, the roots are unique to say the least…I like to call them “dancing carrots.” Wild looking, yet still delicious!
Here’s this week’s harvest:
- Beet greens w/ baby beets: 1 bunch
- Carrots : 1 bunch
- Kale : 1 bunch
- Garlic Scapes : 1 bunch
- Fennel : 1 bunch
- Kohlrabi : 2
- Hakurei Turnips: 1 bunch
See recipes below
We’ll see you all soon!
In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge