What are the haps at Morven Kitchen Garden, you ask? If you’re receiving our CSA share this summer you may have noticed that our squash, cucumbers, and green beans are now being harvested! In addition, other crops such as broccoli, tomatoes, and peppers are coming soon!
Now, I’d like to take you on a little trip back in time.
The picture on top is from June 7th, the day the MKG interns weeded, tilled, and laid compost in rows in the hoop house. Below that is a photo from July 12th, featuring (from left to right) squash, cucumbers, and peppers! What a transformation. It’s been such a delightful experience to be able to help these vegetables grow. And I for one am learning a lot each day. For example, before this summer I had never seen how a squash grows. And if you’re like me, then check out the photo below!
Squash plants put out these beautiful yellow flowers (which are edible) and then produce squash at a rate that requires us to go through and harvest them every other day! How cool.
Now, let’s take a trip into the future. As you may have heard, the upcoming Food Lab at Morven is going to be a newly renovated space that will be opening for use in mid-October. This space will be used by many groups for meetings, educational events, cooking classes, and more! It is located very close to the garden and thus provides a perfect opportunity for people to follow their food, every step of the way, from farm to table.
Because MKG had been using the Food Lab building to wash and pack produce, we needed find a new spot to do this important activity. Thanks to a donation of a used carport, we were able to create an interim covered space to wash and pack vegetables at the garden. As you can see below, work on the carport began this week.
Pictured above are two outstanding Morven employees, Andy and R.E., reconstructing the carport inside the garden. We are infinitely grateful for their help with this building project and have enjoyed working with them this week. In addition to being great builders, they are really nice and fun to talk to. 🙂
Anywho, we are excited to announce that this new wash and pack area will be ready for use next week. Its location inside the garden area will make it much easier to wash containers, prepare CSA shares, and more!
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