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Farm News for Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Star Hollow Farm
Adams Morgan FARM MARKET & CSA

notes for the week of
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Le 14 Juillet!

Hello all!

Last week and this have been garlic harvest time. Garlic is planted in the Fall and gets busy growing right away. This Spring we were worried that the newly formed bulbs would rot in the ever-present mud. They didn't. Instead we harvested some of the largest garlic we've seen in 20 years. So there was a ray of sunshine to that wet Spring!

Goin's on on the farm...

Keeping busy, as you might have guessed. Most of the crops we've gotten planted thus far are growing and doing well. As are the pests: the weeds & bugs. Sometimes it seems like we need a full-time person just to take care of them. I generally know what needs to be done and how to do it; I just don't enjoy it. Somehow it seems like time taken away from doing "positive" things to improve the crops. I've always felt that way, one of the reason you seethe notation [no spray] on most of our crops!

Orders received and delivered...
We started taking online orders for our produce in January 2004. Our sole reason then was to keep in touch and sell produce during the winter. That spring, people asked us to keep selling online even after we opened our farmer's market stand. We did. Last week's deliveries put us over 65,000 orders delivered since then. Sounds like a lot to me, especially from our little farm!

Food Bank / Food Rescue US
For a long while after we started coming to DC, we donated produce left over after market to a church's food kitchen on the way out of town. I felt good about doing it, but it was quite a headache getting there, getting a place to park, then having them reject some good things. We let it drop.

Wouldn't it be nice if someone came to our market to get our 'leftovers' and took whatever we had?That finally started happening last year, when Food Rescue US -- Washington DC contacted us to see if we were interested. Yeah. By the end of last year we had donated just over $500 worth of good food to them, which all or mostly goes just a few blocks up Columbia Road to Christ House.

This year we are nearly at the $500 level again, at only at the middle of the year. At least our unsold produce is going to a good cause!

Many thanks to Lee Anne for helping us at the truck last week!

This week's produce will include.. (new/back)

  • Greens: arugula, beet greens, cabbage, chard (bags & bunches), lettuce (head & leaf), kale (bags & bunches) & pea shoots. [The heat is hard on greens!]
  • Veggies: beans (green, Roma & yellow), beets, carrots, sweet corn, cucumbers (slicers & picklers), garlic (fresh bulbs, scapes & pesto packs are almost over, depending on how many sell this week), shiitake mushrooms, green onions, sugar snap peas, cayenne peppers, new potatoes, French Breakfast radishes, summer squash (yellow & mix), tomatoes (red & sungold) & zucchini.
  • Herbs: Sampler, basil, chives, dill, lemon balm, Greek oregano, French sorrel (salad & soup sizes) & mint (peppermint, spearmint & our meadow tea simple syrup pack). [Small amounts of several others.]
  • Fruit & berries: apricots, blueberries, peaches (yellow & white), plums & rhubarb. [Red & Black raspberrieswill be available at the table by the truck again on Saturday.]
  • Poultry & Cheese: eggs, the usual cheeses.
  • Miscellany: apple sauce, honey, maple syrup, strawberry jam.

[photo] Yesterday I prepped and planted a small section of one of our greenhouse beds to cilantro (seen above in the furrow) and dill. People often wonder why we don't have cilantro all the time, as it is in high demand. The answer is that it is a pain to manage -- unlike many other common herbs -- due to having a short, one- to two-week harvest window before it moves on to seed production. You need a space to plant -- dry & clean -- every 10 days or so, not always easy in the frenzy of summer on the farm. We've got about 4 different small beds coming, hopefully starting next week, in an attempt to have a steady supply for the rest of the summer. Now you know!


Hope you can find something on the list that looks or sounds good to you! Have a good week and hope to see you Saturday.

Thanks for your support,
Randy, Chris & Sam
at Star Hollow Farm

Last week I took a tour of the mushroom house with Don. I hadn't been there for nearly 20 years since we held a grower meeting there while I worked at Tuscarora Co-op. Above are his shiitakes, and below some Blue Oyster mushrooms. As we did a number of years ago, he has mostly given up on log-grown mushrooms, as the weather (too wet; too dry; too hot; too cold) conspires to ruin or greatly reduce at least 50% of potential harvests, eliminating any real economic effiency. (But they do taste good when you get 'em!)


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