It's been a great week filled with sunshine, harvests and weeding. So. Much. Weeding. Yes!
It felt great to complete the first harvest of the season and make the first of many trips to Telluride this season. Wahoo! CSA Members, it was so wonderful to see all of your faces, catch up and see your excitement about the first harvest! And, the hugs!! Ya'll are awesome. I hope you cooked some amazing meals and are ready for the next round of veggies. Time to use up any loose ends hanging around in the fridge.
This heat has things growing like wild! But, there's a quick dip in temperatures coming over the next couple days. The forecast says we could drop down to 33 degrees (eek!) right before sunrise on Tuesday morning... which is a little cooler than I would like and has me worried it could freeze. So we'll be pulling the row cover back out and covering up a few things just incase. The tomatoes are all a little out of control and read to be pruned and trellised but we're going to hold off a few more days so we can row cover them one last time. Better safe than sorry? We haven't had a cold dip this low in June for quite some time, at least 4 or 5 years. But, there's a reason I have June 15th programmed in my head as the safe frost free date!
We're tackling weeds, one crop block at a time. The onions got their first weeding of the season and they're looking amazing! Mike and I finished the brassicas yesterday afternoon and now it's time to focus energy on the cabbage and potatoes. We all started out a little rusty on the hula hoes but it didn't take long to get reacquainted and start moving at a good a pace. We are zipping through beds, which is good because there are a lot of them.
The greenhouses were getting a little over run with weeds as well, so I spent a couple hours in the morning getting them cleaned up and looking tidy. The basil is close folks... and the tomatoes are blooming like crazy!
The garlic and fava beans are looking lovely, and the peas outside are beginning to bloom and are in need of a trellis. Put it on the list!
All the roots we seeded last weekend are up! Mike has been diligent about keeping things watered so they have the ideal conditions for germination. Thank goodness he handles most of the irrigation... it's a full time job. The hot crops (zucchini, beans, winter squash) are all very close, another reason we're hoping it doesn't get too cold the next couple nights. Fingers crossed!
Mountain Roots Produce CSA Members: This Wednesday, June 14th, marks the second CSA Harvest and pickup for the 2017 Season! Telluride CSA pickup will be held every Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Spruce Park (right next to The Butcher and The Baker). Your CSA Shares will be packed in harvest crates, please remember to bring bags with you to collect your bounty as we need to bring the harvest crates back to the farm for packing up the following week.
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CSA Harvest Week #2:
Salad Greens, Little Gems, Arugula, Spinach, Kale, Mustard Greens, Turnips, Carrots, Beets, Snow Peas, Cilantro, Green Garlic. Yum!