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Week 12, August 16, 2017

Tomatoes, Green Beans, Eggplant and Summer Squash.  We are in the heart of summer production and the garden is treating us well.  The weather has cooperated and we haven’t had major issues with bugs. Keep your fingers crossed.  The hardest thing is getting all of these posted.  I am posting this almost 2 weeks late but I will blame the Eclipse since we had to clean the house and had 52 people at GI Acres for the eclipse.  Competing interests can be an issue.  The other factor is that we don’t have lots of similar things in the shares now.  Summer provides diversity of product.  In my mind the difference between Roma and Early Girl tomatoes is not as important as the difference between Kale and Swiss Chard.  If you disagree please provide feedback to that end.  The shares are getting really big and people are taking 3 bags home.  That is really fun to see and very satisfying.

Week 11 August 9, 2017

Our veggies were not as blemish free this week.  We got a bit of hail on Friday night last week and it dented up a bunch of things.  The tomatoes are coming in strong and the beans and cucumbers are slowing down. Some of the summer squash and zucchini plants are on their last legs.  We need to replant so we have some for the end of the season.  The winter squash are starting to get ready and we have a bunch of pumpkins that volunteered this year.  This week we had: sweet corn, tomatoes (more than 12), a cucumber, kale, eggplant, summer squash/zucchini (3 each), spaghetti squash or Lakota squash, choice of okra or beans and basil.  We cut open a water melon to share but it was under ripe so we fed it to the chickens and rabbits.  The colors of summer are strong in the share this week.  Over the last tow week we have also included a dozen eggs for each member as a bonus.  Half our members got a dozen last week and half got a dozen this week.

Week 10, August 2, 2017

We are on the down hill side of the season.  Only 8 weeks left until the end of September.  If the weather holds we may get a couple of weeks into October.  Tomatoes are starting to turn.  We are getting some of the fun ones we planted.  Mostly it is early girls and the solar flare with a few other reds mixed in.  The color of this weeks share is incredible. reds, oranges, greens, purples and yellows.  So much different from those first shares of the spring that were mostly green.  This week the share included: Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Leeks, Basil, Garlic, Summer Squash/Zucchini, Eggplant, Green Beans, Beets, Lettuce, Thai chilis, Serrano chilis, chives and nasturtium blossoms.  Also included was choice of Swiss Chard, Okra or Cucamelons.  The okra and cucamelons are not pictured.

Week 09, July 26, 2017

Sorry this is so late.  This week it is more helpful as history rather than for our members to be able to remember what everything is.  There weren’t a lot of confusing greens this week though.  This week saw the first real move into the summer veggies with corn, tomatoes, and beans. It is hard to believe that we are half way through the season.  The garden has been bountiful and we have been blessed.

Week 08, July 19 2017

Since last week we have had more than 4 inches of rain.  It has been great for the garden but we did have quite a bit of wind that blew over the corn and green beans.  It looks like we they will recover.

This week we had potatoes, green beans, Asian long beans, lettuce, cucumbers, beets, egg plant, summer squash, a choice of turnip greens, Swiss Chard or collards, and choice of okra or peas.

Week 07, July 12 GI Acres CSA Share

We are moving into the summer crops.  This week’s share included a lot of summer squash and our first green beans.  Not everyone got green beans but next week I think everyone will.  We had to pull a second table out of the garage to put all of the veggies on.  We had 2 kinds of lettuce and 2 kinds of cabbage.  Our garden cabbage was really yummy.  The Napa cabbage turned out nice too.  If you didn’t get Napa you could choose baby beats.  Everyone got radishes including black Spanish and Daikon.  If you didn’t get green beans you could choose peas or potatoes.  Everyone got basil, Swiss Chard, Fennel, Leeks, Garlic, Cucumbers and Basil.  The other choice was between egg plant, okra and turnips.  God has blessed us a with productive garden this year.  We are getting rain right now and if there isn’t any hail it should continue to thrive.

Week 06, July 5, 2017

Week six we are starting to move into the summer veggies.  We had both cabbage and summer squash/zucchini in this share along with Collards, Turnip Greens, Dill, Purslane, Cabbage, Potatoes, lettuce, Bok Choy and Rhubarb.   Hopefully next week we will have green beans.  The early Contender, and Roma are blooming a lot.  The blue lake pole beans and Chinese long beans are starting to bloom too.  The cool leafy crops are bolting so they are done but the tomatoes are setting on heavily and there are lots of flowers on the egg plant.  We ate one of the cabbages in a cream can for Will’s birthday and it was very good.

Week 05, June 28, 2017

We are starting to see the transition from Spring to Summer.  The cold crops are slowing down.  This is most likely the last week for peas and the mustard and spinach have bolted.  We still have lettuce and the Swiss Chard is doing great.  There are lots of green tomatoes, the beans are blooming and we have picked a few small eggplant and summer squash for our own use.  We don’t have enough for a share but they should be starting soon. This week we included Fennel again and should be able to include it 1 or 2 more times.  We took pictures with the Kale, Mustard and Swiss Chard all in the same picture so you tell them apart.  Mint and Oregano were the herbs of the week but if you need more Dill just ask we have plenty.

Week 4 Pickup June 21, 2017

We were hoping to have strawberries this last week but the heat and the fact that half of our berries are June bearing meant we did not have enough.  We did have radishes from the second planting.  Kathy thinned the turnips and gave out turnip greens as a choice.  The pictures below a full accounting of what we had for the week.  We included a recipe for using peas, potatoes and dill.

http://www.motherearthliving.com/Cooking-Methods/new-potatoes-peas-dill-sauce

The Garden is almost full!

Beautiful day today June 17, 2017.  I mowed around the garden and mulched the early sweet corn with grass clippings.  Kathy picked pod peas, weeded and thinned the carrots and then pickled little carrots.  The chickens and rabbits enjoyed the tops.  I spent a lot of time weeding and then planted a bunch of our left over tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.  (Note for next year just get 25% more in plants than you think you need not 100%.)  Barb’s Greenhouse did a great job starting our plants for us and we are thrilled as long as they are willing to start plants for us we will be using them!

I planted 30 more tomato plants, 22 peppers and 6 more egg plant.  We still have some plants if anyone wants them but we are not going to plant any more.

We don’t have enough cages for these extra plants but are going to buy stakes and try the Florida Weave.  Watch the video it is really cool.  This would take a little more work but stakes are easier to store than cages. 🙂

The garden is looking really good.  Weeds are under control and we haven’t been hit with hail yet.

Last week we planted more sweet corn so hopefully we will have 5 or 6 weeks of corn for everyone.  Probably only 4 or 5 ears but that is at least one meal.

Thank you for joining us in this adventure.

 

 

About GI Acres CSA

GI Acres is located on the western edge of Grand Island, Nebraska. The garden takes up about half of an acre. We also have chickens, rabbits and bees

Our farm is not USDA Certified Organic and we do not anticipate applying for such status. We strive to produce healthy vegetables using natural methods of fertilizing, building soil, and controlling pests such as insects and weeds. Those healthy vegetables will begin in mid to late May with herbs, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. During the season you can expect a variety of greens, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn and potatoes along with tips about how to cook and preserve your weekly share. The season will conclude in late September or early October. We aim for a 20-week season.

We did not grow up on farms but we did grow up in families with large gardens, eating a variety of fresh produce and canning/freezing the excess. We have maintained the tradition of growing and preserving food for our family for the past 20+ years. GI Acres is our attempt to share that passion for good food with our community.