Shifting seasons at Orchard Gardens

Amy here from Orchard Gardens.

The comment of the week has been, “Wow it IS summer!”

Although the solstice was weeks ago and the incredibly hot weather last week made it obvious, the shift to the summer season on the farm has occurred. We said goodbye to greens faster than any of us quite expected and now it is time to pick peas multiple times a week, catch up on tomato trellising, harvest summer squash and make beautiful beet bunches.

And next week we will be starting our CSA flower pick-ups.

It sure is impressive what a good boost of sunshine can do. More to come next week!

Recipe of the Week: Simple Summer Slaw

-Finely chop kale. Mix with grated raw beets and carrots. Add any other desired raw vegetables like onion, peas, or kohlrabi.

-Add a simple homemade dressing like this Ginger-Sesame Dressing :

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

-The great thing about this slaw is that it gets tastier after a night in the fridge to let the flavors mingle. Happy summer eating!