Keeping Up With The Summer Squash
Thank you to all who made Feast on the Farm a huge success even in the pouring rain! The drops held off until dinner and then it was a deluge all night, which for November is normal, but not usually in late July. We are pretty sure that will be the last major rain for weeks and we were happy to receive as farmers and happy to huddle under tents to enjoy a fantastic spread of farm fresh veggies, beautiful open fire cooked meats and blueberries to top off the dessert. We came together to raise over $151,000 in direct support of conservation and restoration initiatives in Puget Sound!
We have been having monster long days of harvest starting at 5am and often into the evening as we try to keep up with huge amounts of food in the field. Even if we have not fully sold the amount in the fields, the cucumbers, zucchini and summer squash still need to be harvested every day. If we let them go even just two days, we have so many to the vine it becomes a nightmare to harvest. We pulled all the lovely cabbage, Napa, red and green out of the first plantings and it was a lot of fun. A few people on the ground, a few on the harvest wagon, and toss to your friendly farmer!
Next up, the beans! They are perfect little haricot verts in size and delicious in flavor with no bulbous beans in sight. It took much longer than normal years for the blueberries, but they have officially come into full maturity. They are very heavy hanging down, so we are in a race with the cedar waxwings to try and conquer. The problem, of course, is that we eat them all (so good!), so our yield has been very low. We can overcome this challenge I have faith.
Get out all your wonderful recipes for blueberry galette and zucchini bread. We are thrilled that summer is here. For those of you who adore tomatoes, basil, corn and the really hot weather crops, don’t forget about tender baby carrot and green beans at this time in the Pacific Northwest, as they are fantastic and ready to eat.
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