Week #2 Tuesday, June 19 – Saturday, June 23, 2018

Farm News
Our good friend and fellow veggie grower, Dan Guenthner recently described this part of the growing season as “like running downhill.”  It’s an apt phrase for how we often feel these days; slightly out of control and carried by a momentum not entirely our own, we try to maintain some sense of forward direction.  This spring, particularly the last two weeks with plenty of rain and heat to boot, the garden has exploded.  It’s hard to keep up!  One gardener we know has a wish for a garden superpower of a pause button.  We could use that about now.  Besides weeds of course, we’d love to put a pause on things like lettuce, radishes, pac choy scallions.   No need to slow down tomatoes or peppers of course, but those early greens can come and go so quickly in this heat – especially when there’s plenty of moisture.  We’re plugging along though.  Basically things look good, if a little out of control.

In Your Bag:
Pac Choy
Pea vines (new this year! See recipe section for ideas)
Garlic Scapes
Spring Turnips
Beets  (We made a decision to cut the greens from their roots.  This wet weather has not been kind to the beet greens.  Beet green lovers can find greens in the “extras” box – as long as we had room to send one.) 
Green Leaf & Red Romaine Lettuce
Please note: All vegetables from Spring Hill will need to be washed.

Web Site
Goals with the update were to better reflect the spirit of the farm, to be easy to navigate, to include more pictures and to be phone/device friendly.  Thanks to Joe Knaeble, Bill Karns and Marilyn Johnson for their input and work.  Much appreciation to John Hartman for the calendar rescue.  Thanks as well to Sheila Bergman for offering her expertise on WordPress.  Very special thanks to Jess Fischer and her son and assistant, Clayton for pulling it all together. 
Let us know what you think!

Sunshine Report
Three years ago, on June 25, 2015, Spring Hill went solar.  With the financial help of a USDA grant and many Spring Hill members, North Wind Renewable Energy installed a photovoltaic system on the roof of our packing shed.  The system was expected to produce about 10,000 kWh (KiloWatt hours) per year, the estimated amount of electricity the farm uses over the course of a year.  Today (Monday, June 18), seven days ahead of schedule, the display panel reads, 30 mWh (MegaWatt hours).  Our fourth year of solar energy begins!

Next Week’s Harvesters
Tuesday, June 26 – Michele Gersich & John Hartman, Bernadette Knaeble, Marilyn Johnson & Dave Bostrom, Patricia Turner, Tom Wells
Saturday, June 30   
Rowzat Shipchandler & Max Keller, Willey Family, Aeron & Sarah Ridgeway, Lynn Cibuzar & Mickey Moore, Patricia Turner