This week I thought I’d tell you a bit about my cleaning methods for vegetables. Even though we never use harmful chemicals, you should always wash the produce you receive in your share. I rinse off a lot of the greens that are close to the ground and get splattered when it rains. I do the same for the roots, using a hose that’s connected to the house, so it dispenses the same well water we drink.
I set up a washing station outside the garage that holds our cooler. It’s controlled by a Coolbot, a neat gadget created by a local farmer a few years ago, which connects to any air conditioner that hangs out a window. Most air conditioners don’t have the ability to chill down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, but the Coolbot tricks the AC into doing so. My partner insulated a small room in the garage, cut a hole in the wall, and viola—a cooler that’s much cheaper than a traditional unit but just as effective.
It looks like we’re in for a week of great sunny, dry weather. This will be fantastic for all the heat-loving items, including eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers. You’ll be seeing most of them soon. They should show up in your shares in July and last through September.
I spent the past rainy Tuesday planting all the broccoli and cabbage that will be ready for September and October. With summer vacation just around the corner for children, I’m sure it sounds crazy to think about fall, but that’s how farming works. I planted the fruits and veggies you are enjoying in your current shares back in March and April. I’m always looking three months ahead—to the delicious foods you’ll be able to enjoy when school resumes in the fall. It’ll be here before we know it. Just don’t tell your kids! — Jessica