New this week are tomatoes and cabbage. It's been dry here on the farm, we went nearly two weeks without rainfall until the most recent storm finally gave us about 3/4 in of rainfall. We'll take it! Send us more! The plants are hungry for water to grow, the melons and watermelons are swelling, corn tasseling, tomatoes turning, okra flowering. The bugs have been making more of an impact on the garden, with squash beetles on the summer squash, cucumber beetles on the cucumbers, and tomato horn worms on the tomatoes. For most of these we use Neem oil, a naturally occurring pesticide (biopesticide) found in seeds from the neem tree. With the tomato hornworm however, it's all manual, if you can find them.
We'll have extra produce available at pick up this week, Tuesday 6-6:30 at the Ionia Farmer's Market Pavillon.
Free Range Eggs-$3/dozen
Green Beans-$1.25/1 lb
|Large Share Pictured: 2 Kohlrabi, 6 onions, 2 bunches herbs, 2 bunches green onions, 2 cabbage heads, 4 cucumbers, 5 summer squash, 6 lemon cucumbers, 2 lbs green beans, 2 bags of snacking tomatoes, 2 slicing tomatoes, 2 peppers|
The Mothership Tomato Salad
New this week is a sweet pepper for everyone, we have either Hungarian Wax pepper (great in sandwiches) or a purple beauty bell pepper.
The word Kohlrabi is German for cabbage turnip, and it can be eaten raw or cooked. We usually eat them raw, just peel off the skin and slice them like an apple and sprinkle with a little salt or dip in your favorite dressing and enjoy! They're also great raw on a salad, or roasted, or baked. They are also popular in Indian food, in dishes like Kohlrabi Curry.
Our green bean mix includes purple, yellow and green beans, which will all turn green when cooked.