We typically have leafy greens of one sort or another available at least ten months out of the year. Still, after just a two-month hiatus, I always find myself craving greens by September to the point it wouldn't surprise me if bunches of kale were dancing through my dreams at night. I've been sneaking handfuls of arugula, the first of the returning greens, right out of the field during the day. Fair warning: arugula will happily grow in hot weather so long as the days are getting noticeably shorter, but hot-weather arugula does have a kick to it! The arugula gets milder as the weather grows cooler; or if you prefer a milder salad green in any season, we expect to start cutting lettuce next week.
Just another week or two to get your hands on larger bags of basil for freezing or pesto-making before the plants start to slow down...and we're also starting to get to the bottom of the potato bins. The sweet potatoes have been dug and need to cure for the next few weeks to sweeten them up; in the meantime we'd love to empty our red potato boxes before re-loading them with sweet potatoes. You can get a 5-pound bag of potatoes for just $7, until they're gone.
In other news, we busted our behinds last week and got the bulk of the fall and winter crops in the ground, dug all the sweet potatoes that will last us through fall and winter, made some major progress cleaning up the spent summer fields, weeded and watered our hearts out, and then felt good enough about the state of the farm we felt we deserved at least half a Labor Day Monday off (a rare thing around here). Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!