The News from Windflower Farm
Hello from the Windflower Farm team! We hope you had an enjoyable Fourth of July weekend.
What’s in your share?
- ‘Bianca’ (white Cipollini) onions
- ‘Panisse’ (green oakleaf) lettuce
- ‘Boro’ (red, bunched) beets
- Swiss chard
- Mixed kales (transitional and perhaps a little buggy)
- Garlic scapes (truly the last)
- Summer squashes or zucchinis or cucumbers (remember, “C” is for cucumber)
- ‘Hakurei’ (sweet, white) turnips
- Your fruit share will be sweet cherries from Yonder Farm.
Pan fried and caramelized Cipollini onions on a slice of toasted bread with garlic butter is a favorite here. They’ll also enhance any pizza. Beets that are boiled, skinned, chopped into chunks and let to get cold in the refrigerator is another treat, and excellent served alone or as part of a salad.
What’s new on the farm?
The good news here is that the farm experienced a series of rain showers over the course of the last week, giving us 1.25” overall and a much needed break from irrigating. The back pond came up nearly four feet and the bigger pond in the ravine came up a foot or more, replenishing our stock of water. The storm that delivered the most rain came with powerful winds that took out power lines and knocked trees down throughout the region. A large black walnut, at least that’s what I think it is based on its leaves and dark brown heartwood, was blown down across the ends of four of our pepper tunnels in a back field. The damage to the structures was significant, but crop loss will be minimal. I’ll post an image to our Instagram page. The number of rain deities is dizzying, but I’ve prayed to all of them, and this much I believe, that the one that heeded our call has a slightly malicious sense of humor. After having had so little precipitation thus far in the season, I am grateful for what we got, even if Nate and I will have to spend an afternoon with chainsaws and a pipe bender.
Have a great week! Ted