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CSA Week 2 Harvest

Wednesday, 20 Jun 12

This was the first harvest that came close to what I had planned in terms of volume and varied content for the CSA. In the second basket were lettuce, snow peas, spicy greens, radishes, rapini, and arugula. The herbal bouquet contained garlic chives, sage flowers, yarrow flowers, and flowering thyme: it smelled fantastic!

I’ve found it to be a particularly challenging spring cold loving crops. The temperature seemed to be quite variable (which is pretty normal here) but the heavy downpours & hail that we had several times in May and June, followed by the extreme heat this week really seem to have done a number on the plants. Many seem to be bolting or getting quite strong before I can get them to a suitable size/stage for harvest. Better luck next year, (or in the fall) I guess.

Photos:

  1. Overview of the harvest (two CSA shares, plus a day’s worth of lettuce for me)
  2. Herbal bouquets
  3. Rapini – went from a few leaves to bolting basically overnight. A bit of a disappointment… I will have to ask CSA members for feedback on flavour as I gave it all away.
  4. Spicy Mix – definitely lives up to its name: I advised members to use the greens sparingly in salads or sandwiches, or to cook it in order to mellow the flavours a bit.
  5. Close up of lettuces (Black Seeded Simpson on left, Gourmet Mix from HMS on right.)

Photos

This entry is about

Day 39

Lettuce 'Gourmet Lettuce Mix'

Lactuca sativa

Harvesting [0.32 kg]
Day 39

Lettuce 'Black Seeded Simpson' (2012)

Lactuca sativa

Harvesting [0.64 kg]
Day 35

Rapini 'Sorrento'

Brassica rapa (Ruvo Group)

Harvesting [0.32 kg]
Day 74

Greens 'Hotshot Spicy Mix'

Harvesting [0.12 kg]
Day 35

Arugula

Eruca sativa

Harvesting [0.08 kg]
Day 32

Radish 'Cherry Belle'

Raphanus sativus

Harvesting [0.09 kg]
Day 69

Peas, Snow 'Oregon Giant'

Pisum sativum var. saccharatum

Harvesting [0.61 kg]
Day 83

Peas, Snow 'Oregon Giant'

Pisum sativum var. saccharatum

Harvesting [0.74 kg]
Day 74

Peas, Shelling 'Little Marvel'

Pisum sativum

Harvesting [0.39 kg]

weight with pods

Comments

  • rosemarieGardener

    rosemarieGardener wrote:

    A harvest to be proud of. Very nice!

    Posted on 25 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • LouiseM

    LouiseM wrote:

    Great-looking. I should think the rapini would be ok to eat – just ate some broccoli last night which was on the verge of blooming and it still tasted good.

    Posted on 26 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

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