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The Color Purple….Veggies, that is.

Purple Broccoli Plant

Baby Purple Broccoli

If you’ve been around for a while, you already know I like to plant purple veggies. I love the color anyway, and I find it unusual in the vegetable kingdom. We plant purple broccoli, radish, beans, cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes and even tomatoes.

Purple Basil

Purple Basil, pretty; not as good as green

In the past we have planted eggplant and purple basil, but probably won’t this year. The eggplant still has a chance in the garden, some people like it and it’s a pretty plant with nice flowers; but the purple basil, although pretty, just doesn’t compare to the Genovese basil everyone likes.

Purple Carrots

Purple Haze Carrots

In my research of purple veggies, I found an interesting blog, Straight From the Farm, discussing the nutritional benefits of purple veggies. They say:

“What’s so interesting about PURPLE fruits and veggies is that they carry more anthocyanins and phenolics than any other color of produce.  These two antioxidants (that are ultimately a result of a purple crop’s phytochemical signature) have been at the heart of much of the hype over berries, particularly blueberries, as cancer-fighting agents.  Evidence from recent laboratory tests suggests that anthocyanins in particular can noticabely slow the growth of colon cancer cells.  But it’s not just berries… any purple (or blue-ish) produce has a powerful punch of these antioxidants, which are also proven to help urinary tract health, memory loss, and the general effects of aging. “

Colorful Salad

Who could resist this beautiful salad with it's rainbow of colors?

And who could resist this salad? It was almost too pretty to eat. Everything in this salad was grown at the farm. We have sungold tomatoes, watermelon radish, orange and purple carrots, lemon cucumber, and yes, there’s lettuce in there somewhere, you can see it poking through the other veggies.
The colors always amaze me. This is nature painting in the garden, and we have the pleasure to bring that to our shareholders. Nothing could be better?

For more info on veggie colors and the nutrients they bring, click here for the Color Wheel of Fruits and Vegetables.

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Colorful Salad Bliss

Who could resist this beautiful salad with it's rainbow of colors?

Who could resist this beautiful salad with it's rainbow of colors?

Busy Busy

Yes, we’ve been busy. Busy getting the beds finished, busy planting, busy weeding, busy selling shares….but it’s worth it. The garden is beautiful. Sure, we have more work to do, but it’s really shaping up. It’s nice to see the progress and to know that with all the work we’ve been doing, we only have to do it once…meaning building the beds.

Eric is working on the irrigation, making it permanent and I’ve been planting whatever looks interesting. Right now we have beets, carrots, basil, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, radish, green beans, cilantro, peppers, arugula, lettuce, tomatillos, chard and peas.

Our opening day was yesterday and we offered: lettuce, arugula, basil, herbs, chard and potatoes. More veggies will be available soon….just waiting for the plants to produce.

The carrots, onions, beets and garlic are taking a much longer time to bulb out, something we haven’t figured out why yet. Could be the wacky weather; hot, cold, hot and cold. The tomato plants have green tomatoes on the vines and that’s exciting; the peas just started to bloom; the Cozmic Purple carrots are growing larger; baby peppers are on some plants; corn, which is an experiment for us this year, is growing tall; Garden of Eden green beans are flourishing; so all seems well in the garden. (pics to come soon.)

We are also happy to announce that many of our friends started their own Square Foot Gardens this year. They are all doing well and growing great. Soon, I’ll post some of those pics too.

Speaking of pictures, I’ve been taking lots of them in the garden; just haven’t had the time to download and tweek them before posting….like I said earlier, we’ve been busy. 🙂

Progress

This is how the raised bed looks today. Much different from the last pic, eh?

We’ve got a variety of peppers, a few eggplant (because we never have been able to grow eggplant, so we wanted to see how they would do in this environment….results?…much better and now we wish we had planted more.), purple carrots, gold beets and bright lights chard. Quite the colorful bed, even if some of the colors will be underground.

Our conclusion so far: We love working in this bed. It’s super easy to plant and work in the dirt. Plants seem to like it better too. We observe plants planted in this dirt compared to those same plants planted directly in our ground, and these seem healthier and are growing faster. The peppers are putting on peppers much better and faster than those in the ground that were planted way before them. We definitely want all of our beds to be raised and grown in this method.

And that will take some work and planning. More on that later.

Opening Day!!!

Today is our opening day. Subscribers will arrive at the farm between 1pm and 5pm to pickup their veggies. This week we are harvesting Yukon Gold potatoes, basil, cilantro, garlic, beets and maybe some other herbs. The start of the season is always a little light, but be patient, when the summer veggies are in full production, subscribers receive a lot of veggies, and I mean a lot. The only complaint we have ever had, is that we give too much. CSA’s hear that a lot, I’m told….but that’s a good thing as far as I’m concerned. You can always freeze, can or dry the leftovers. It’s wonderful to have summer veggies in winter. I love reaching into the freezer and bringing out a bag of pesto for a quick pasta dinner in December.

This pic was taken less than 2 weeks ago and things have already grown considerably. The lower bed hasn’t been planted yet, but we will today, while we wait for subscribers. This bed is slated to be our experimental bed with the Mel’s Mix from Square Foot Gardening. The water just has to be connected and then we can make our grid and plant purple carrots, orange beets, Easter Egg Radish, more arugula and some edible, lemon marigolds.