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Crop & Field Notes: Beets are Back!

06 May

Chiogga Beets

Beets are back!  Red Ace or the Sweet Chioggas, with their pink concentric rings, will be in your shares this week.  Both have wonderful greens.  To make the most of this often overlooked but amazing root, see Debbie’s Tips & Techniques for beets for a comprehensive overview of what your culinary options are.

Red Ace Beets

The first summer squash is being harvested, most will go into the family shares next week.

Summer Squash

Looking under the warming row cover I see beautiful healthy basil plants, next to peppers and cherry tomatoes.

Basil seedlings under row cover

Cherry tomato with first fruit

In less than a month the blooming and fruiting caneberries (both blackberries and raspberries) will be ripe for picking.

Raspberry plants in foreground; blackberry plants in the background

First, still green raspberries

Potatoes for everyone by the end of the month, available in your shares through most of the season.

Potatoes ready for harvest