Market plans, 7/24


Edamame! Finally. We’ll have the initial smallish harvest, around 16 pints or so. This first planting was devastated by voles, with almost half the seeds eaten before germination, so the yields will be small. But at least they’re here, and subsequent plantings are developing as expected. Come early if you want these…

Also starting in small quantities with more to come will be okra and tomatillos. Again, I expect these to be gone very quickly this week with plenty more to come.

Cucumbers will be plentiful; give the various types a try, and explore all the different uses for crunchy, fresh heirloom cucumbers. We will have garlic, though again we won’t have the full assortment of varieties. High humidity and copious rain this week is not helping with curing, so once again we will likely be selling the handful of varieties that we harvested first. Some heads have been affected by a pest problem; we’re doing our absolute best to cull any problem heads before they hit the market stand, but we ask customers to please tell us if a problem head slips by.

The early planting of Fin de Bagnol green beans is starting to fade, though some will be available. The next planting won’t mature until closer to fall; these are not a heat-loving variety. However, we do have several rows of other green beans coming on. Also mixed summer squash, basil, parsley, summer savory, etc. A few jalapenos will also be available; we stuffed a set with fresh chevre earlier this week and fried them for a delicious side.

Fennel is done; it’s been hit hard by pests and none of what’s left is sellable. Scallions are through, as is Swiss chard. Purslane is probably done, due to insect damage, though we’ll do a final check on the best stand during Friday harvest.

As noted before, pest pressure has been really bad this year. Combined with more than enough rain to encourage disease and other problems, many of our plantings are not lasting as long as hoped. After this market there will be a gap in summer squash production, as we’re ripping out the current planting due to disease & pests and the next planting won’t start producing for another couple of weeks or so. We’re also not sure how long the cucumbers, currently yielding more than we can sell, will hang on (another smaller planting is in the works here, too). We’re finally getting the first signs of maturation on tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, okra, peppers, tomatillos, edamame, and more, with regular green beans on the way.

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