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Hot off the Grill

I feel like I’ve been pressed up against a grill these last few days of go go go in the heat heat heat. Seems like summer has finally arrived, and just in time to switch meal prep from your hot kitchen to the grill, Jeff is coming down with all kids of scrumptious sausages. Here’s the list, email orders to him directly at info@shortcreeknh.com.

With the late start to the season, most everything is still a week or two behind. Zucchini, onions, cucumbers, new potatoes, broccoli, and cabbage should all be ready within a week (two at most). For now we mostly have lettuce, radishes, bok choi, and kale with a smattering of other goodies.

I finally took off all the covers in the garden on account of the heat, so hopefully the plants are big enough to fend for themselves. I still haven’t sprayed anything ever while running the farm (4th season), and hope to continue that streak. I know the holes on the bok choi are unsightly and I’ll try better to keep the beetles out, but at least you can rest assured you’re not consuming any pesticides! It’s certainly a lot of work, and if you make a mistake (like planting the trap crop too close to the real crop), you pay for it with holes. The beetles strongly prefer the asian greens (bok choi, tatsoi, yokatta na, arugula) to the kale, broccoli, cabbage and broccoli even though they’re all in the same family (brassicaceae). Taking a cue from nature, maybe we should be eating more of those greens! All of those crops prefer the cooler temps, so fortunately I get to try again in the fall.

Meanwhile the asian greens were the interplanted sacrifice for the best looking broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower I’ve grown. Maybe I shouldn’t be too optimistic until the harvest actually comes in (next week hopefully), but we did sample a cabbage this week and it was delicious! Jenni made a slaw with it to go with slow-cooked brisket tacos (in all her spare time). Yum, here’s the recipe for when the cabbage starts coming in!

Veggie Ordering and Pickup Procedures: Put your veggie and egg orders in online before 6am Monday. We’ll have your order available for you to pick-up starting at 4pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the big red barn at the crest of the hill.

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