Amazing what a difference a little sunshine can make in our attitudes! In 16 years of farming in WNC I've never seen rain like this. We were able to till a few beds yesterday and seed some carrots and beets so 70 days from now, you will see carrots again. We are seeding lots of things in trays of potting soil to transplant when the fields dry out enough to work again. And we are working hard to save anything that survived all the rain. Today we are weeding the sweet potatoes and celeriac.
Your box this week:
small shares: 1 bunch sweet onions, 2 bulbs of garlic, 1 lb. nicola potatoes, 1 lb. red gold potatoes, 1 head of celery, 1 sm. bag of basil, 1 1/2 lbs. patty pan squash, 3 cucumbers
regular shares: 1 bunch sweet onions, 2 bulbs of garlic, 2 lbs. nicola potatoes, 2 lbs. red gold potatoes, 1 head of celery, 1 sm. bag of basil, 1 1/2 lbs. patty pan squash, 3 cucumbers, 1 watermelon, 1 bunch white beets
everything in your box needs to be kept in the refrigerator
The nicola potatoes have a waxy texture and make great salad because of it. They are also great roasted, fried, mashed. The celery is more flavorful than what you'd buy in the store. We use all the green leaves too. I hope we will be able to give you more basil at some point but it may succumb to powdery mildew so I wanted to put some in each box this week. The white beets are just as sweet as red ones. They do cook a bit faster than the red ones. The watermelons are hit or miss on sweetness because of, you guessed it, all the rain! Even the less ripe ones are good though, used in salad or made into watermelon lemonade.
Patty Pan Squash recipe