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Monday, June 11, 2012

Let the Harvests Begin!

Let the Harvests Begin!

powisset farm spring brassica field

I love June vegetables.  I might actually say that June vegetables are my favorite.  I love the many shades of greens up at the distribution barn—the glowing lettuce, the muted green of the garlic scapes, the hint of deep blues and purple in the lacinato kale bunches.  The glowing green of the broccoli field is one of the most beautiful sights on the farm, visible even from Dover Road.  These greens beckon us to the fields for the first harvests of the season.  Everything is fresh and fairly free of weeds and feels in total abundance.  The mornings and nights in June are still fairly cool, letting the vegetables revive after the warm days.  Up at the stand last week and this week, these June vegetables are beaming, lighting up the barn, and reviving all of our kitchens and our dinner plates! 

For the farm crew, the month of June is a busy one, where we make the transition from planting and weeding, to planting, weeding, harvesting, and distributing vegetables.  Our to-do lists are miles long and we strive to strike a balance between harvesting thousands of pounds of produce, keeping the farm weed free and planting our fall crops!  We will be planting our winter squash next week! 

Just in time for the beginning of this farm marathon, we welcome our summer crew to the fields with us.  Four new crew members, whose objective is clear: help us weed the farm, joined us in the fields today.  For the next ten weeks, our crew of five will grow to a crew of eleven!  The parsnips, onions, and carrots can hardly wait to be free of the weeds that plague them! 

This week’s tasks include twining and staking our cherry tomatoes, weeding our onion patch, harvesting the rest of the garlic scapes, planting carrots, beets and more scallions.  We will be harvesting more lettuce, spinach and broccoli for you, and oh, about one thousand other things!  I better get out there!

See you in the fields,

Meryl (on behalf of the Powisset Farm Crew)

carrots growing!
Jess and Tessa weeding onions!
potato field #1 (of two)

What's in the Share this Week:

Up at the barn: lettuce, bok choi or broccoli raab, hakurei turnips, radishes, broccoli, garlic scapes or scallions, spinach, escarole

Pick-your-own: strawberries 

powisset strawberries! so delicious!

News from the Farm Stand:

Spread the word about our awesome Farm stand--open to all every Tuesday from 1:30-6:30pm in the barn!  There is granola, honey, jam, and Powisset Farm dry beans (which are going fast!).  Also, our favorite potter, CSA member, Lisa Walker, will be at the farm selling her amazing pieces on Saturday, June 16th up at the barn!  Be sure to stop in for that!

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