In this issue –

So, What’s Available This Week?

Weekly planting and seedling report

Weekly Livestock Report

Projected Activity For Next Week

Upcoming Projects and Events

Recipes and Cooking Ideas will be back next week

 

 

So, what’s available this week?

Amaranth greens, Kale, Mizuna, Beet Greens, Red Fingerling or Blue potatoes, Daikon pods or Radish Stalks with flowers, Salad greens, Purslane.

Eggs will be back on July 31st.

Shares this week will be $10

Note on this week’s new items –

Daikon Pods – These are the seed pods from the Daikon plant. Most of you are familiar with Daikon as a long white root. These are the immature seed pods from the plant. Tender and juicy with lots of radish flavor, they have a bit of a spicey fire to them. You can eat them raw in salads or as a side, or use them in any recipe as you would use tender vegetable stalks such as young broccoli or cauliflower.

Radish Stalks with flowers – These are from the red Cherry Belle and Watermelon Radish plants. They have a similar flavor as the Daikon Pods with a slight bitterness. They also have a bit of a fiery kick to them. Use raw or steamed lightly, as they are very tender.

Red Fingerling potatoes – Steam, fry, roast or use in soups and stews. The skins on these are as tender as the other new potatoes. Unlike a new red potato, the color on these goes all the way through the potato.

 

Weekly Planting and Seedling Report

I’ve been planting more vegetables. Last week I finally got the sweet corn planted, and it’s up and looking good. I’ve also gotten popping sorghum, Japanese hulless popcorn, broom corn, fennel, and Cherries Baby Corn planted. I’m really excited about the baby corn as it’s a variety of corn I’ve never planted before, but I love baby corn either pickled or as a vegetable in other dishes. I’ve also planted the Strawberry Popcorn that was started in trays a month or so ago. The popcorn will be suitable for popping and also for grinding into corn meal.

During the week I tilled the greensward of amaranth in the corn garden with the intention of killing it so that I could plant the cabbages, romanesco and cauliflower. Instead of killing the amaranth, I innadvertently transformed the greensward into nice, tidy rows of amaranth, which seems to be doing better for the tilling. You just have to bestow a lot of respect on a plant that actually looks healthier AFTER tilling than it did before. I guess the old saying “That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” for amaranth, it’s an incredibly strong plant that just will not be denied. Good thing it’s so tasty! I’ll be planting the cabbages, romanesco and cauliflower in the space between the amaranth.

I’ve also transplanted the Mexican Sour Gherkins, which are looking mighty healthy. The tomatoes planted here in Mulino and the ones in Canby are looking good. Most of the plants in Canby have fruit on them so hopefully you’ll all be getting tomatoes in your shares here in a few weeks. I’ve planted lettuces, cilantro, beets, tatsoi, a tatsoi/mustard cross, and edible chrysanthemum greens around some of the tomatoes in Mulino, and have more chrysanthemum greens and fenugreek (an herb as well as a spice) planted and ready to plant in a seperate row. I also have lots of pots prepped to transplant herbs into – various basils, annise, and others.

 

Weekly Livestock Report

The hens have completed their annual coccidia treatment and are into the 10 day withdrawl period which will ensure that the drug is completely out of their system when I begin collecting eggs again on the 25th. The hens are still in their molt and laying is less because of it, but the young pullets are begining to lay, so there should be plenty of eggs for everyone begining on the 31st of July.

I’ve moved Fancy the heifer into Sheila the emu’s pen this week to begin grazing down the grass in that pen. As she finishes one pen, she’ll move to the next pen. And speaking of emus, we lost Spot, our oldest rooster and one of the foundation emus that caused us to move to Mulino and begin farming in the first place. Spot was a great old bird. Always gentle and easy to handle, Spot liked to be hosed off in the summer. When the emus were young we got them a kid’s wading pool. Spot never did like stepping in the thing, so he would set down on the ground facing the pool, then flop foreward onto the edge of the pool collapsing it and letting all the water flood over him. When the pool was empty, he’d get up and walk off. When I’d fill the thing back up, he’d come back and repeat the set/flop/drain process all over again.

Spot died of old age, he had turned 20 years old earlier this year. Every year Spot would try to set a nest (the male emu incubates the eggs and rears the chicks). This year was just a bit more than the old boy’s old body could handle. Poor guy never did get a chance to rear any chicks, he probably would have made a good dad. He’ll be sorely missed.

On a brighter note, the goats are doing well. The milking goats are on their own coccidia treatment, and so I’ve been pulling the unmedicated milk from the freezer for cheese making and replacing it with the medicated milk. The drug I’m using to treat the milking does is safe for goats, lambs, sheep, pigs and cattle. Due to the schedule that the does have been bred on, I won’t need to put up 100 gallons of milk as I originally had thought I’d need to. Around 30 will get me through until I can start milking again.

The turkeys and guinea fowl are doing well. The first batch of guinea keets are begining to color out and are getting their white dots. They’re very beautiful birds. They’re also a bit spooky and suspicious of everything. No doubt why they’re such good watch ‘dogs’. I have Wellsummer chickens due to hatch on tuesday, and have set more mixed chickens, as well as duck eggs. I will also probably be setting more guinea eggs sometime next week.

I currently have guinea keets for sale. These birds are 3 weeks old and are $5.00each. If you buy the 3 week old birds you must take delivery of them within the week. These are not slaughter birds but are being sold for people to rear at their own homes/farms. Guinea fowl are great bug eaters, make good eating for people, and are reputed to be tremendous watch dogs, alerting on anything out of the usual, quite loudly.

 

Projected Activity For Next Week

I’ll be trellising the tomatoes here and in Canby. The Canby plants are really needing it. I’ll also be transplanting herbs, starting more herbs, transplanting pepper plants, cole crops, and planting more peas, edemame, bush beans, and starting green onions and leeks for this fall/winter.

 

Upcoming Projects and Events

Work party at dad’s and CSA pick up for Portland area members. CSA pickup will be from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

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