“Summer is a-coming in” is the first line in a very old round, and it’s been running through my head today. In the song, the singers point out the signs of summer: “Loudly sing cuckoo” and “Ewe bleateth after lamb.” Around here, the signs are a little different but present nonetheless.
Yesterday was May Day, which for me often feels like a significant turning point in the seasons, as we leave behind predictably wet cool days and head into the dry warm season. Not that May and June won’t bring showers (they often do!), but the balance shifts usually right about now. Regardless of the actual weather, the days are now lengthening significantly, with many more light hours in each 24-hour cycle. More sunlight means lots of green growth all around! Trees are putting on leaves in earnest.
More signs of summer a-coming in here on the farm: newly planted crops growing in the fields … sandals drying in the sun after an afternoon of creek wading and splashing … grass growing rapidly all around … red clover blooming in the cover crop … red-wing blackbird songs in the morning … lilacs blooming by the door … and, the first of the sugar snap pea harvest!
Enjoy this week’s vegetables!
Your farmers, Katie & Casey Kulla
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Meet this week’s vegetables:
- Sugar snap peas — LIMITED THIS WEEK! Please only take one item worth. The first of the year! More to come … if you’re unfamiliar with sugar snap peas, these are the kind that have a delicious, sweet, tender pod you can eat along with the peas inside. Our kids are SO excited that these are in season again! For them, it’s the very first of the year’s parade of delicious fruit crops.
- Salad turnips
- Head lettuce — LIMITED THIS WEEK! Please only take one item worth.
- Spinach — LIMITED THIS WEEK! Please only take one item worth.
- Fennel bulbs
- Butternut squash
- Marina di Chioggia squash
- Green garlic