Welcome back! We’ve made it over the halfway point for the CSA and we’re starting to see the bounty of summer in full! Check out the beautiful produce featured in this week’s share!
The cherry tomatoes in our hoop house have been loving the heat, and we’ve now collected nearly four dozen pints of cherry tomatoes in a single week! That’s a whole lot of tomatoes, and we’re just getting started!
Halfway through the tomato harvest for the day!
This week also marked the first harvest of beets (a personal favorite of mine)! Not only did we have a healthy-sized crop in the field, but a single beet volunteered to grow in the hoop house… and boy, did it grow.
Great in salads, as chips, dipped in hummus, made INTO hummus, and even as a natural dye!
You can’t BEET veggies that decide to grow on their own!
In other news this week, the collaborative quarter-acre shared by UVA’s Environmental Sciences Department, UVA Dining and MKG (more commonly referred to as Plot C), has been mulched and weeded thanks to the help of many volunteers, just in time for the opening of the first butternut squash blossoms! These plants have really taken to the soil, bio-char or not, and the bees are busy getting to pollinating the plants!
Many thanks to our ever-helpful volunteer, Natalie!
The tiny, oblong shape at the base of the flower will soon become a full-sized butternut squash!
The butternut squash will be ready for harvest likely at the beginning of September, right in time for our Fall CSA! If nothing says “autumn” to you quite like a warm cup of butternut squash soup or a roasted squash for Thanksgiving, consider signing up for the MKG Fall CSA (you won’t be disappointed!)
Speaking of fall plans, this week, we started planning our crops to be ready for fall, and will be planting next week!
Looking forward to even more veggies soon as slicing tomatoes, bell peppers, and eggplants ripen up!
As always, keep it ~fresh~
Holly Brooks, MKG Summer Intern