We are on our way today to enjoy our mandatory summer break at the Rocky Grass Festival in Lyons, CO. It will be year 11 for me and Seth. We attended the summer we met as interns on a farm on the Front Range. Oh how time does fly! This is a fantastic festival held at Planet Bluegrass and there is always great music and lots of relaxed fun to be had. Check it out here. http://www.bluegrass.com/rockygrass/
lettuce – green leaf
sugar snap peas
Western Slope Features
Pears – Red Bartlett
First, Bad news that is really good….
We did our best to clean up the damage caused by cutworms, the larvae of the miller moth, on the cabbage. You may notice a few holes and you might find one of the buggers in your cabbage when you cut it open. Do not fear this brownish squishy guy. Just throw him in the trash, or feed him to a bird, and rinse out your cabbage and it is ready to use. We have had particularly intense moth larvae pressure this season and not the cabbage looper moth larvae we expect to see some of at this time of year in our cabbage family crops. I think this influx of moths has to do with an early miller moth migration to this altitude combined with our drought like early season conditions. Here is a bio of the cutworm and Miller Moth from CSU. http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05597.html
Like the rest of the fruit line-up pears are making an ap(pear)ance (har, har) early. We were so lucky to have such a long and delicious apricot and cherry season, and though peaches are on of my favorites, we have been able to keep a diverse fruit share with the fantastic fruit crop coming from the Western Slope. These pears have a cosmetic issue called “frost ring” that only affects the skin and not the delicious pear goodness inside. So don’t judge these pears by their covers!
Second, The really good news …..
Sugar Snap Peas
We could tell it was going to be a good harvest when 5 of us spent 3 hours picking sugar snap peas. Enjoy a nice plump bag of these high altitude fruits. They are always enjoyable to snack on raw and here are a few ideas if you want to cook them up for dinner.
Seared Sugar Snap Peas
Sugar snap peas with turmeric, mustard, and tarragon
I may have just heard a collective groan. Every season seems to have a totem vegetable. Last year was the year of the turnip and this year feels like it might be the year of Pac Choi. We understand that pac choi, though delicious, may not be at the top of the favorites list. For those that don’t count it as a favorite, do not despair, a pac choi break is on the horizon. So instead of groaning, make this last pac choi experience, at least for awhile, really count. Here are some ideas to enjoy your this installment of pac choi.
Beef and Pac Choi with Mushrooms and Noodles
Double Sesame Pac Choi
Caribbean Pork and Pac Choi
Warm Weather Crops
As it can be challenging growing certain crops here at 8,000 ft so we source some of our warmer weather favorites from West Slope growers through Austin Family Farm where we get fruit. All of the West Slope contributions to the garden share are grown either organically or without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. This week we have garlic, jalapenos, and Olathe corn. Soon we will have tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers as well.