Week 11

Week 11

Last night I was going to do some more things outside after the crew left at 5. I thought I’d feel more up to it if I showered first. Then Janna had supper ready, so I thought I’ll eat and then tackle those those weedy patches.

It was all good intentions. We sat on the deck instead. The air conditioning inside felt too cold. It was that warm, humid and close outside. It stormed somewhere. This morning it was cool, warm enough for a shirt but almost cool enough for a sweater.

We seeded some beds of carrots for fall a couple of weeks ago and didn’t time the flaming of the bed quite right. Didn’t get there on time and needed to skip flaming because the carrots were up; now the weeds are so thick, we are going to till them under and start over. It’s one of those tricky situations.

There are carrots in the share this week. There won’t be any for market for Wednesday but we hope to dig more for Saturday. The eggplant is coming; the first 36 were ready yesterday. Someone just asked about them this past weekend, and I knew they were close. I always enjoy picking eggplant until I stick my hand into a sharp prong near the stem! They should be available regularly in a week.

On Monday morning, we felt we found green gold. Finally, broccoli!! There is broccoli for everyone and some more for market. Zucchini, yellow summer squash, big sweet onions, garlic, cabbage, potatoes…..can you tell it’s summer time!

If anyone has one or more of our vegetable boxes at home, could you please bring them tomorrow!

Rain, rain, rain

Rain, rain, rain

Another 1/2 inch in the rain gauge at 5:30 this morning, and it’s still coming down at 8, so I told the crew, or most of the crew, no work this morning because it is too wet. The weeds are having a head start on most crops because we cannot get to them. It seems each time we get a start on one of the places with weeding it rains. We are saturated. We still have an acre and a half unplanted. That is the latest we have had so much open ground unplanted. This may be a problem in the mid season.

Our daughter Adrienne is home for a week between the end of the spring semester, the beginning of the summer semester, and her swimming lessons / coaching job in Grand Rapids, so she is filling in for Janna this week in Sioux City.

We continue to look forward to a stretch of warm sunny weather. The cucumbers are planted, the tomatoes are on up the strings in the high tunnels, the potatoes have been weeded twice (but they need hilling), and we continue to start new plants in the greenhouse, usually each Wednesday afternoon. We call that our Wednesday seeding.

The garlic is yellow, well, green turning yellow prematurely. I need to check if it’s yellow asters. That was a problem several years ago in Minnesota, and then we didn’t grow garlic for 2 years. I hope it’s just too much moisture and it clears up.

See you at the markets!

–John Wesselius

Bumper Crop!

Bumper Crop!

Hello friends!

I never know exactly what is going to be ready when or how much we can put in each share, but we have a bumper crop this week. It might be the most diverse share of the summer crop. I hope you enjoy it. We have certainly been enjoying eating from the garden. We had basil with the butterhead lettuce on Sunday. We had the parsley in some ground pork (we still have bundles of pork available if you’d like to order), and we had peas and carrots with the new potatoes last night.

I was interviewed by Heritage Radio Network on the Food Report last Thursday, and the host said all my talk about our food made her hungry. That is my intent. I like to make people hungry for real food!

We are running a person or two short every day recently. Adrienne, who was diagnosed with mono last month, is getting better but still doesn’t have enough energy to “work,” Anna took her first vacation in 3 summers of working here to visit a friend in California (how could I say no!), Brandon needed a long weekend to to Grandma (I can relate, my mom is always asking for our daughters to see her), and Rachel is gone this week to see her brother’s farm. Her brother’s farm was badly damaged by wind last week in SD. We know what that is like, and it’s good for her go there and help out as they rebuild.

Have you given any thought to subscribing to our fall share? We’re taking orders Please sign up for a fall share (http://thecornucopiacsa.com/shares/#order) either by check ($300) or online ($315–helps defray the cut PayPal takes)! And if you’re interested in the pork bundles I mentioned earlier, just give me a call or text at 712-490-8218.

Have a good week,

John Wesselius

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