Friday CSA Harvest and Colorful Spread

Here are some pictures from this week’s harvest and CSA bounty.  Such a colorful assortment!  The peppers this week were especially beautiful.

Workday with Slow Food Group

This past Sunday, we had a workday with the folks from the Slow Food club at UVA with a huge turnout.  We got some big garden tasks done that we simply could not have done without their help, such as pulling up the big, old rows of tomatoes and dying corn.  We got to send everyone home with the last round of tomatoes and a bunch of green beans.  Check out the Slow Food blog for more on the event, and feel free to contact Polina (pvo4pd@virginia.edu) for more information about the Slow Food Group.

Slow Food

First Fall CSA Harvest

We harvested the first round of crops for our fall CSA and are currently sitting in the beautiful Special Collections Library at UVA, surrounded by ripe and fragrant veggies, awaiting our happy customers.  This week’s harvest included tomatoes, okra, green beans, squash, melon, spicy peppers, bell peppers, cucumbers, snap peas, basil, and green beans.  The lovely Sam also pioneered a flower portion of our CSA share and brought in beautiful, golden sunflowers.  Below are some pictures from harvesting this morning and from our CSA setup:

Sunflowers

We’re on Twitter!

Howdy gardeners!  Just a quick update to let you know that Morven Kitchen Garden is on Twitter! We’re taking our vegetables into the 21st century, but keeping it old school with organic farming practices. Now you can keep up to date with the happenings in the garden and here about workdays as soon as they’re announced. We’ll post volunteer opportunities, carpool information for getting into the garden, and updates about the CSA. Check us out!

Our username is MorvenFarm.

Farewell to Isabel and New Garden Co-Managers

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Isabel (on the left) with happy summer volunteers

The veggies are drooping (partly from all the rain, but mostly) because Morven’s amazing summer intern, Isabel, has temporary left the garden… and Charlottesville… and Virginia… and the U.S.!  She took such good care of the garden this summer, ran the wonderful summer CSA sessions with a great group of summer volunteers, and put on the smashing Gazpacho in the Garden event.  All the plants were well-tended in her capable hands, but she has left for Canada to study abroad at the University of British Columbia.  She’ll be back in a year, but we’ll miss her terribly.  We wish her the best of luck!

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Gazpacho in the Garden event earlier this summer

Related to that sad news, we’d like to announce that there will be 2 co-managers of the garden this fall, taking the reigns to organize workdays during the week, bring educational events to the garden, and to run the fall CSA.  Sam Taggart and Erin Kennedy are the new managers for the fall, so any volunteers and CSA members will be getting to know them well this fall.  If you have any questions for us regarding volunteering, workdays, or the CSA, please don’t hesitate to email morvenkitchengarden@virginia.edu or Sam and Erin at spt8at@virginia.edu and emk7jj@virginia.edu respectively.

Busy Week Ahead!

This is an incredibly busy week in the garden, with our 2nd CSA session wrapping up on Wednesday, a produce delivery to the Boar’s Head Restaurant, a field trip to Innisfree Village, and Gazpacho in the Garden on Saturday! So I think we’ll let do the veggies do the talking for this week’s blog post!

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Innisfree and Gazpacho!

It continues to be quite a wet summer in C’ville. After a weekend away I returned to find zucchini the size of baseball bats! They seem to be soaking up all the water they can get. Our CSA-ers will have to get mighty creative in the kitchen in order to consume all the zucchini, yellow squash and patty pan squash we are sending their way. They are also enjoying a rainbow of potatoes this week: Adirondack Blue, Red Pontiac, and Yukon Gold!

In other news, we’ve set the date and time for our Fieldtrip to the Innisfree Village. We will be carpooling from Charlottesville at 4pm on Tuesday, July 30th. We’ll be given a tour of the vegetable garden by Annie Hasz as well as a talk by Farm Manager Pete Travers who will tell us about his land management scheme for grazing livestock on 500 acres. Then we will pause for a potluck picnic before taking a swim at Sugar Hollow. It’s not too late to join in on the fun. Please email me at ifg2ac@virginia.edu to attend!

And we have yet another exciting garden event on the horizon -

You are cordially invited to the Morven Kitchen Garden’s 3rd Annual

Gazpacho in the Garden

August 3rd from 5-8pm

An agrarian celebration, dinner and mingling at Morven Farm!

So what is gazpacho?? It is a chilled tomato-based, vegetable soup!

Ingredient will be supplied by our garden with the help of vegetable donations from the Local Food Hub’s Maple Hill Farm and bread from the Albemarle Baking Company.

No entrance fee is required, but we appreciate donations of $10 to our garden.

Please RSVP to this event and we will send more info your way! (ifg2ac@virginia.edu)

I’ll leave you with these photos of the week in the garden:

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CSA set-up in the Special Collections Library

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Cucumbers starting to climb!

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Fresh batch of the lettuce

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Fennel bulb

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A biology professor’s experiment is in full bloom in Quadrant D

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Cosmos galore!

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We’ve got zinnias popping up in unexpected places…

You’ve gotta love perennial flowers!

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Cherry tomatoes ripening on the vine

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Our sweet potato seedlings are looking vigorous

Isabel & The MKG Team