This week has been decidedly more pleasant than the last couple of weeks. The air quality has been good and temperatures have been sympathetic to working outdoors.
Our potato plants have really burst onto the scene and are growing vigorously.
We've begun to make weekly deliveries to food banks and programs in the area. We've sent lettuce and other produce to Kawartha Lakes Food Source as well as the food banks in Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon.
And this past weekend we took delivery of two new beehives into our bee yard, bringing our total to 4 hives. Among our flowering plants and the clover in the pathways, the garden has been fair teeming with bees.
One occupational hazard of spending so much time outdoors and adjacent to where wildlife roams is crossing paths with ticks.
Ticks seem to have become more numerous in recent years, and it's been noted that Northeastern U.S. has seen a dramatic increase too.
We try to keep grasses and plant-life cut short around the gardens and paths where we'll be walking, and then of course do a thorough tick-check when coming in at the end of the day. The two ticks pictured above were pulled from one of our staff members yesterday.
As you may have read in one of our earlier updates, the early week of 30+ temperature caused all of our overwintered spinach to bolt. We had 5 beds of spinach that ultimately became compost.
Spinach seeded earlier this year has come along and will included in our CSA shares this week. We're trying a new bunching strategy where rather than pulling or cutting entire plants, we're picking leaves and allowing the plants to continue to grow.
This results in the bunches being composed of larger leaves (as opposed to baby leaves) but we hope it will allow us to get more spinach per bed. A strategy we're happy to try given the early season spinach losses.
This Week's CSA Share
Pea Shoot Microgreens