Week 12: New Semi Trailer

TAKE ONE: This was the week we got another free semi trailer. Bigger, nicer, more versatile and mobile!

TAKE TWO: Every year, there are a few crops that grow like gangbusters and produce unwieldy piles of produce. And in in the same seemingly random and impossible to predict manner, there will be a few crops that don’t produce as we’d hoped.

TAKE THREE: The gophers will pay for what they have done

trapsetting in the ravaged carrot row

TAKE FOUR: It’s is officially Late Season now. Early Late Season, sure. But nonetheless, the signs are there for those with eyes to see. Second rounds of Kohlrabi are in the boxes. We’ve harvested peppers. The corn stalks are browning. There are pockets of Fall Color here and there, as we drive south toward the Cities.

TAKE FIVE: …. long pause; faint rumble of tires on highway, fingers motionlessly poised

Inside & Outside & Falling out of Box 12

picking the Never-ending Cherry Tomatoes
  • a Melon (a yellow or a crimson watermelon, probably)
  • Brussels Sprouts Topswe cut the tops off – being Early Late Season and all – so that the plant puts energy into bud formation. As a bonus, the new leaves at the top of the plants are good eating. Cook it like collards or chard … perhaps with the greens from your:
  • Kohlrabi – a second planting for the late season, ayuh
  • Cucumbers – slicers
  • Tomatoes – they’ve started a band to cover this song for you.
  • Sweet Onions
  • Shallots
  • Microgreens (cilantro, basil, or pea shoots)
  • Zucchini – gold and green (not unlike a Karma chameleon)
  • Summer Squash – two-toned zyphyrs
  • Potatoes (a mix of red, gold, purples)
  • Mint – this and the holy basil might synergize fancily with your watermelon. And/or with booze. Like rum, or vodka. Pro CSA stuff there. Also, making tea is a great idea with this if you really don’t want a refreshing cocktail.
  • Holy Basil – the stuff with flowers at the tips. So you can tell it apart from the Mint it’s bagged with.
holy basil
Say, holy basil
You’re the star of the masquerade
No need to look so afraid
Jump, jump, jump on the tiger
You can feel his heart but you know he’s mean
Some light can never be seen, yeah
  • an Eggplant – courtesy of Neighbor Marcia’s garden, because our eggplants aren’t cooperating this season.
  • Broccoli – side shoots from the first crop of it.

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