Monarchs here, there and everywhere! Thanks to Lisa Proulx,"The Butterfly Lady of Lake Larose" for passing along some monarch caterpillars for us to care for. They have now scurried off their milkweed and found nice places to form a chrysalis.
Among the parsley. . .
. . . and rosemary . . .
. . . and even on a fig leaf. Monarchs on fig trees? Only in Gilbert's Cove!
More tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, summer turnips, carrots and broccoli are on the way for CSA members. And another couple of weeks before green beans begin. The field crops are still catching up from the slow beginning to spring but the tomatoes and peas are flowering and fruiting. And the cole crops and root crops are slowly but surely growing.
This is a great time of the year to freeze and dry herbs for the winter. With a fresh supply of chives, dill, cilantro, rosemary, etc., let us know if you'd like any specific herbs and we can have the bunches picked and ready for you. We can also take bulk orders for kale if you'd like to freeze or make big batches of kale chips, yum!
And just a reminder to mark your calendars for Open Farm Day on September 20th. The farm will be bursting and bustling with people, food and fun (and most likely, sun)!
With temperatures hovering around 7° today it's hard to believe we're already into June -- a few weeks to go before Summer Solstice. We've been transplanting and planting lettuce indoors and out for several weeks now. Beans, Peas and some seed crops have been sown outside too. Cucumbers and tomatoes in the greenhouse have had their first round of suckering as they've grown enough to demand trellising. Once the weather warms a little we'll be able to really make a dent in the outside planting. Last year we had a very late frost which cut back some of our cucurbits (squash, cucumbers, melons) in the field. Fingers crossed we should be okay for this season!