July 1, 2020

July is here and hopefully the rain won’t be far behind. At least this week is a little cooler for all the growers out in the field. While the eventual monsoon rains will cool things off and give plants a boost, they will also bring a new wave of fortified weeds that need to be kept at bay with lots and lots of pulling. It’s always a trade off! Every day these dedicated growers are in the field and greenhouse, planting seed, transplanting seedlings, watering, weeding, covering, fighting gophers and grasshoppers, harvesting, washing, trimming, and packaging. Thank you to our fabulous farmers for their hard, loving, wonderful work!

This week we have the makings of a delicious recipe. In fact, we are including Whipstone’s parsley and scallions in this week’s basket just so you can make the delicious smashed potatoes that Hilary at Willowbrook loves. I will be giving this recipe a try and I hope you will too! Salad turnips, broccolini, plenty of delicious greens, and the first of the cured onions round out this week’s basket. By the way, if you haven’t yet given salad turnips a real try (are they collecting in your fridge?), my favorite way to eat them is raw, either whole like a carrot or sliced and eaten with fresh ranch dressing. We ate a whole kohlrabi in one sitting a few weeks ago this way, and salad turnips are another great cold snack to enjoy on a hot day. If you haven’t yet tried them that way, give it a shot!

Have a happy week!

What’s in your basket – July 1st

Broccolini – Whipstone Farm
Onions – Willowbrook Farm
Parsley – Whipstone Farm
Potatoes – Sanders’ Farm
Salad mix – Willowbrook Farm
Salad turnips – Whipstone Farm
Scallions – Whipstone Farm
Toscano kale – Willowbrook Farm

Onions curing at Willowbrook Farm.

Shanti at Whipstone says, “we picked the first ripe tomatoes yesterday and had them for dinner. It will still be a little longer until we have enough for market, but they are coming very soon!”

Fresh lettuce doesn’t get any better than this!

Beautiful sunset over the greenhouses at Whipstone Farm.