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July 27, 2015

Summer is here in Newport and our crops are looking good! We are now selling broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, turnips, beets, peas, beans, cabbage, napa, lettuce, chard, kale, hakurei, and lots more to grocery stores and restaurants statewide. Check our ‘Now Available’ page for a more detailed list.

This part of the year is, without a doubt, one of the most trying times in the season, namely because we have to do everything! We’re still planting almost every day and trying to keep up with the weeds while also operating in full harvest and delivery mode. The days just aren’t long enough – except they feel pretty long.

hakurei

One of the new crops for us this year is the Hakurei Turnip. We’ve grown these before but never to scale, so this year is sort of a trial to see what our customers think and what strategies work the best for getting great quality. If you haven’t tried hakurei before – please do! They’re one of my all time favorite snack vegetables – not as spicy as a radish, with sort of a creamy sweetness that makes them super tasty raw in salads or just on their own. If raw isn’t your thing, they’re great tossed into stir-frys at the very end of cooking, and I’ve even seen some recipes for really slow roasting, but haven’t tried them yet. Hakurei turnips – check em out!

A few more pictures from last week:

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Broccoli Inspection

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We grow a few carrots at the home farm in Newport to get started early (pictured here), but most of our carrots are grown on riverbed soil to get smooth, long, beautiful roots.

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First picking of pattypan squash. More on these next week!

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