Week of July 5, 2010
Happy Fourth of July!
As I write this during the early afternoon on July 5th the radar is showing the movement of rain from the south and it is sprinkling out a bit. This morning we harvested red cabbage, broccoli and lettuce. Don’t be surprised if things are a little muddy this week, we had 2.58 inches of rain all day on the Fourth.
Gwen and Liza continued to harvest produce this morning after Larry and I left to take our granddaughter Molly to the parade in Exira. What is the Fourth without a parade?
The crops sort of dried out with three days of no rain but I am afraid that the wetness is taking its toll. The peas are finished. The spinach never did get a good start and dealing with the mud is getting a little tiresome.
We do have some great things coming on. The sweet corn is nearly ready. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have it for you next week. There are purple beans and wax beans blooming and setting on baby beans. The regular green beans are taking a little longer than I anticipated. Because of the wetness, we are coming to a time when there may be a gap in some of the produce. You may find that other gardeners have produce ready that we don’t have yet. There are times that we plant at different stages to avoid bug infestations if possible. The rain is causing main disruptions as well.
There will be some new garlic in your bags/baskets this week. This garlic is rather rough looking but is very much usable. Larry dug all of the garlic last week and it is a good thing he got it done before the rain on Sunday! We are curing the garlic for you for later but didn’t want to miss an opportunity for you all to have some right now. It may be just a little fresher than you are used to having, but it is fine to use in everything.
Produce for this week:
Broccoli (this week the small orders get this).
Carrots (if we can get through the mud)
Kale or borecole is a form of cabbage (Brassica oleracea Acephala Group), green or purple, in which the central leaves do not form a head. It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most domesticated forms. The species Brassica oleracea contains a wide array of vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and brussels sprouts. The cultivar group Acephala also includes spring greens and collard greens, which are extremely similar genetically.
Organosulfur Phytonutrients that Help Prevent Cancer
A member of the Brassica family, kale is a great food if you’re looking to protect your health and enjoy a delicious food at the same time. It’s the organosulfur compounds in this food that have been main subject of phytonutrient research, and these include theglucosinolates and the methyl cysteine sulfoxides.
Although there are over 100 different glucosinolates in plants, only 10-15 are present in kale and other Brassicas. Yet these 10-15 glucosinolates appear able to lessen the occurrence of a wide variety of cancers, including breast and ovarian cancers.