This week has been challenging for having enough lettuce for our customers. If you recall, 4-5 weeks ago we had several days of heavy rains followed by 90-95 degree days. While we lost some of the mature crop during that time, we lost many of the newly planted seedling. Normally during a hot period, we can use mist and late night watering to keep the soil cool. Due to the unusually wet summer weather, we could not implement these tools to fight the heat and protect the crop. Once the soil temp reaches 90 degrees, the majority of lettuces just “melt” and die. The result of this situation, last week and this week we had our smallest lettuce crop in years, as those lost plantings negatively impacted our harvest schedule. We have less than 5 lbs of lettuce available for our box customers, so some will get lettuce this week and those that don’t will get lettuce next week. We have no lettuce for sale via the online store.
But fear not, lettuce lovers, Tiny Farm plants a minimum of a 1000 lettuce seedlings every 10 days in the summer, so lettuce is right around the corner. So please take the time to enjoy our other delicious salad greens this week.
This weeks boxes:
- Salad Mix
- Baby Arugula (for salads)
- Small Tatsoi (for salads or quick sauté)
- Bell or Shishito peppers
- Lettuce (if available) or squash
This week we add to our greens collection in the weekly box. Chase has several beds of baby greens ready this week:
- Head of Salanova lettuce
- Tatsoi (small for salad or braising)
- Salad Mix featuring Cress
- Shishinto Peppers
As tough as the weather has been for some of the crops, this years potatoes are ready
A close-up portrait of Tiny Farm’s golden delights.
with harvest beginning on Thursday. The golden potatoes are so much more deeply colored than the ones at the store and the flavor is tremendous.
This year’s weather has been all mixed up – resulting in the delay of many of our crops. Beyond the crops, the weather has had an effect on our biological control system for insect pests. Maybe its been the lack of sunny days or the fluctuations in temperature, but the aphids came out in force to dine on a few of our crops. Normally about the time the aphids arrive we begin to see the ladybird beetles arrive and begin their snacking on the aphids. After a couple of weeks waiting for more volunteers for our home army of beneficial insects, we sent out for reinforcements – 18,000 hungry ladybird beetles from our supplier ARBICO. They arrived in 2 days and in the evening, after the farmers markets on Saturday, Annie and I released portions of a large bag of these wonderful pest managers in all the hoop houses and the field. It’s been great seeing them at work as we harvest and work the fields.
\More information: http://www.arbico-organics.com/product/live-ladybugs/80
With artichokes, fresh baby carrots, and broccoli in limited quantity – why not avoid the rush to market early. Go to TinyFarmMarket.com and preorder these and our other delicious vegetables and pick them up at the markets before noon.
Yes, lettuce tea is reported to help you sleep. This is one of the remarkable uses for the fine lettuce you receive in your weekly vegetable box or purchase at the market.
A couple of the larger outside leaves cut and steeped in hot water for 15 minutes makes the tea (you can add a bit of mint to add more flavor).
More info: http://www.thirdage.com/sleep/let-lettuce-help-you-sleep
Not so sure? You can buy lettuce based tea: https://www.facebook.com/lettucetea