CSA Harvest - Week #8

Good morning! 

Its lovely and crisp outside this morning and the mountains are just starting to light up. Mmm should be a gorgeous day. Sorry we missed the last couple weeks on the blog... things have been a little busy and I have been sleeping in, oops! I probably need the extra sleep but it makes me wake up in a panic  :). 

The days have been silly and playful lately... hiking, laughing, seeding, harvesting, digging, pruning, and everything else. 

We harvested the garlic last week and it's now hanging in the barn for a month or so to cure. Smells AMAZING.

Yesterday we smushed squash bugs and their ugly eggs on the cucurbit block in Montrose. The winter squash are rocking and the melons are shortly behind, flowering and about to set some fruit. Fingers crossed the we have a looong warm season so the melons have lots of time. 

The greens in the garden loved the early July rain and produced much faster than I had anticipated, hence the heavy green shares over the last couple weeks. They may slow down a bit before the next round is ready... but the hot crops are just about to start so the timing should work out well. 

Tomatoes are beginning to blush in the greenhouses and we've started harvesting cherry tomatoes... just a few but it has begun! The summer squash and zucchini are producing as well and the eggplant and peppers are coming along. The beans and cucumbers are flowering and the tomatillos look amazing. Woo hoo! It's happening. We're a couple weeks behind last season, but I think that's to be expected with the wild weather we've experienced this season. 

Now, if somebody would please tell the squirrels and chipmunks to stop nibbling on carrots and tomatoes! Seriously critters, you're making me crazy. Grrr. 

So... the share this week should look something like this:

Salad Greens or Spinach
Kale or Chard
Edible Flowers
Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes, Padrons or Beaver Dams! (Just a teaser, but there are many more of these to come)

Sourdough Flavor of the Week: Seeded (Sunflower, Oats, Flax, Millet)

CSA Members, please note that next week we are harvesting everybody's share on Wednesday, August 5th, as there will not be a Friday Farmer's Market. Ridgway CSA Shares will be available on Wednesday, August 5th from 2-3 pm in town (location tbd). 

Have a great day!!