Notes from the Field: Deer, Deer, Deer, and No Rain!

deer

The Deer are back! They are a real pain this year, as they were the years before. Our back garden, which is where we moved all of our garden to this year, is bordered by a small wooded area. This area is the home to a few doe and their young. Normally this does not cause a problem for us. However, this year the deer have decided that eating all of the blossoms off the zucchini plants and eating the bean plants down to the roots was a good idea. We, of course, do not agree with their decision and have taken action around plants. We have placed the hair clippings from human hair and sprinkled bone meal around the base of these plants in hopes to keep the deer away. We hope that the deer stay away and that the plants will be able to produce yet this year.

We also have the irrigation running every night on our garden since Mother Nature has not given us enough rain this year. The garden driveways are clouds of dust. Running the irrigation is helpful. If the heat and rain stays away it will be a great year for the pepper plants, however, tomato plants will not be happy. Tomato plants grow best in hot wet weather, but with plenty of water.

What’s in the bag this week?

For the week of July 27th, you will likely find:

* Broccoli

* Peas

* Onions

* Romaine lettuce

* Basil

* Zucchini

See you at drop off sites or at the farm!

Let’s Dish… about Peas!

While there are any varieties of peas, two we have available this week are sugar snap peas and the “garden variety” (pun intended) pea-in-a-shell.  Sugar snap peas are great as a snack, especially with a spritz of olive oil and a dash of sea salt.  Peas in a shell require a little more work, since the shell is not tasty like with sugar snap peas.  But these peas have more nutrients.  They can be incredibly sweet and tasty if eaten within a few days of harvesting; otherwise, they can become starchy.  Consider steaming the shelled peas and tossing with some fresh mint and feta for an amazing side dish.  Another option is pea pesto – which can be used like any other pesto – on toast, on chicken, on noodles, etc.

Pea Pesto (adapted from Food Network)

Because peas are best if used within a few days of harvest or if frozen, this recipe is a great way to preserve that fresh taste.  Just eliminate the parmesan and add that upon thawing and using the pesto. 

2 cups shelled peas

1 garlic clove

1/2 cup parmesan

salt & pepper

olive oil

In a food processer, pulse together the peas, garlic, parmesan, and salt & pepper.  With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil.  You may want to add more salt and pepper to taste at this stage.  Enjoy!

What’s in the bag this week?

Look at our lovely lettuce this week!

Look at our lovely lettuce this week!

For those receiving shares this week, you’ll find:

* Sugar snap peas

* Peas

* Red onion

* Kale

* Turnips

* Baby Beets

* Beet greens

* Basil

* Oregano

* Garlic scapes

What are garlic scapes?

Garlic scapes are the flowering buds from the garlic plant.  They are harvested around this time to encourage the garlic plants to grow.  Garlic scapes can be used in the same way garlic is used in recipes.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our drop off sites or at the farm this week!

Notes from the Field: Asparagus

asparagus to seed

Once again the asparagus season has come to an end all too soon. The asparagus plants are still in the field growing, but we cannot harvest it any more. The crowns (the top of the asparagus) are going into seeding. The seeds from this crown will fall off and create more asparagus spears for the following years. An asparagus patch that is properly harvested can last up to 30 years. We hope that our patch will continue to produce beautiful asparagus for many more years to come.

Notes from the field: Peas

The pea plants are filled with blooms and we saw our first pea pod over the weekend! We have high hopes that the pea crop is going to be GREAT this year. We have planted Mr. Big Peas, which are a type of the sugar snap peas. The pea pods will grow large and with about 10 large peas in its pod.

pea 1 pea 2

The Mr. Big Pea excels growing in full sun areas. This pea also is a very hardy plant that can handle the Wisconsin weather. The seed is planted directly into the soil and will take about 58 days to grow to full maturity. We planted the seeds in about early May after the last deep frost. Planting the seeds at this time will give them the best flavor. We hope that by mid-August we will be enjoying the tastefulness of the Mr. Big Peas.

What’s in the bag this week?

For week of July 6, you will likely find the following in your share:

  • Rhubarb
  • Turnips or radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Green onions
  • Fresh herbs

See you at our drop off sites or at the farm!