A couple of happy, helpful farmhands featured in this weeks post.  Joyce is helping out again this season with the thursday CSA harvest so please thank her for the extra fine washing of all those greens.  Julie, who is apprenticeing with me this season through the UGA Journeyman Farmer Program is quickly becoming a weed eating machine in addition to many other talents including the new Ladybug Farms Facebook page.  

Big news of the week is WE FINALLY GOT RAIN - 3 inches over the weekend!!!  It had been three weeks since rain at a time when the crops really need the rain.  The summer crops are either small transplants or baby seedlings and need the rain to establish a good strong root system before the summer heat sets in.  We always have a several week dry spell at some point during the growing season but it has never happened so early in the year.  Time will tell if it has implications for the summer crops. 

The rain did help to get a few cucumbers to start producing.  We’re a long ways off from the 10+ pounds a day I normally harvest with our normal spring rains but if the rain continues they will continue to produce.  To be optimistic I am featuring the cucumber this week:

Farm Food Favorite: Refrigerator Pickles

Use your cheese slicer to quickly cut up your cucumbers into thin slices.  Put in a container with apple cider vinegar and some chopped up dill.  For you fresh onion lovers, you can also chop up an onion and add.  New cucumbers each week - just keep adding to the vinegar.  Enjoy!

I look forward to seeing each of you tomorrow at the CSA pickup from 10:30 until 12:30 pm in front of Butlers II Antiques on Main Street.  Please bring a bag for your goodies.

Until next week…

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