Hope you’re enjoying this mild weather! Saturday marks the first time in our 7-year history that a farmers’ market day lands on the 4th of July, and we’d be privileged for you to stop by our market stand and grab some greens for a salad or vegetables for grilling! This week we’ll be featuring some massive Walla Walla sweet onions and they’re perfect for grilling in thick slices or cutting into wedges and adding to kabobs.
Work on the farm continues at an intense rate, as every square foot of our 3.5 acres requires attention. Harvest here, weed there, prune and trellis tomatoes here, transplant or seed there. Even the outer limits of the farm require time, as we need to mow the edges of our fields to prevent weed seeds from blowing in, and weedwack underneath our solar electric fence to prevent tall grass, wet with morning dew, from shorting out the wire strands.
One of the plus sides to being so busy is that the arrival of much-anticipated crops sneaks up on you. Today I noticed our first full-size tomato start to blush red, and if I only farmed tomatoes or had much less to do, I’m sure I would have been scanning the beds the past couple weeks and lamenting how slow the tomatoes were taking to ripen. Every bed on the farm is a testament to the quick pace of summer: 1” cucumbers one week, full size cucumbers the next. Small, non-intimidating weeds one week, larger, ‘must-hoe now before they take over the farm’ the next.
To recap, our CSA and all 3 farmers’ markets continue as usual on Saturday and we hope to see you there – Happy 4th of July!