These last few days of sun have been a welcome relief from the deluges of that last few weeks. The fields are going through “residual effect” as there is generally a lag when it comes to way too much water and way too little sun. The growing rhythm gets interrupted as the plants seem to go into shut down mode until things return to normal. Most notably the strawberries don’t flower but interestingly the kale almost stopped growing. I expect things to return to normal by next week and just hope the longer term impact is minimal.
Ever the comedian SuperDuck is enjoying the tub I generally use to soak transplants in prior to setting out in the field. I guess he decided we should use duck emulsion instead – ha! He’s in for a surprise as tomorrow there are 15 baby ducklings arriving via the USPS. He’s going to be a grandpa duck, grandma duck, mama and papa duck all at once! After two years are the farm he has figured out how to be a duck – sleeping in the pond at night for safety and what to forage in the way of bugs and greens – so he has a big job ahead to teach the others.
Farm Food Favorite: White Stem Bok Choy
Several ways to enjoy this asian vegetable but my favorite way is to eat it raw. The juicy white stems can be used to dip in hummus or as a substitute for celery in a chicken salad. The greens can be stir fried or sautéed with kielbasa sausage. Enjoy!
I will see you all tomorrow at the CSA pickup from 10 am until noon at the Rock House Park. Please bring a bag for your goodies.
Until next week…