Good morning! Oh my goodness, what a difference 10 days makes. It suddenly feels like Summer, the mornings are warm, the afternoons are hot and the sunsets are long and incredible. May is wrapping up gently and we're excited to welcome June.
It's been a week of transplanting and completing tasks here. So many plants have found their way into the fields and the greenhouses and it feels GOOD. We're shooting to have the farm mostly planted by Saturday... fingers crossed!
Cucumbers! They were soaked and seeded early last week in the last open high tunnel bed and by yesterday they were all up and looking good. I'm excited for cucumbers as we haven't focused energy on them in a couple years and we're overdue. I tried a bed of them outside here last season but by the time they were finally starting to fruit in late August we got a hail storm that damaged the majority of them. These beauties will be protected in the high tunnel and trellised which should make harvest a breeze. I'm hoping we have many cucumber salads in the near future!
We transplanted the first round of basil in one of the moveable tunnels last week... mmm, hands down on of my favorites to transplant (and harvest), as the smell is so intoxicating I could almost taste pesto while planting these.
It's official, we are done building greenhouses for the 2017 season!!!! Woooooohooo! We had a few awesome friends come over Sunday morning and we attached the plastic on a perfectly calm morning, followed by a long breakfast and catching up. Thanks guys!! I am so excited to have this complete... and I'm equally excited to put away the drills, hammers, saws, tool belts, etc. for a little while. We spent Sunday finishing up the endwalls and building the doors and had her all prepped for planting on Monday.
This house is now filled with tomatoes, shishitos and sweets peppers. Yes!
Today we're planning to stretch the last couple lines of fence, do a serious farm clean up, make some adjustments to the side roll and prep for seeding a block or sorghum sudan grass, which we're hoping will help us get the Canada Thistle under control. More details on this to come!
Later this week we'll be seeding the hot crops (winter squash, zucchini, pickling cucumbers and beans) as well as the root block (parsnips, carrots, beets, turnips, rutabagas, winter radishes) and transplanting another round of greens.
CSA Harvests start next week!!! The first Telluride CSA Harvest and delivery is set for next Wednesdsay, June 7th. CSA Members, please open and read your Mountain Roots Produce emails as we're sending out a Newsletter each week that is filled with farm updates, recipes ideas, details on our pickup works, etc. CSA Pickup will be held in Spruce Park (right next to The Butcher and The Baker) from 11-2 pm every Wednesday.
Also, if you haven't already, check out and join the Mountain Roots CSA Facebook group. We created this group for our CSA Community to connect, share recipe ideas, ask questions, etc. We will be posting some of our favorite recipe ideas to this group and hope the CSA Community will get involved and share their favorites as well. Click here to Join the Mountain Roots CSA Facebook group.
Have a beautiful week and we look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday!!