It’s shaping up to be a solidly rainy week on the farm. While the cloudy skies mean many of the summer crops may slow down their growth temporarily, it also means that the spring crops that are still in the ground, from head lettuce to radishes to arugula and salad mix, will be much happier than they were in the nearly 90-degree, sun-drenched heat over the weekend. With all of these spring crops coming in slightly later into the summer than usual, it’s nice to have weather that will keep them from going to seed before they reach a harvestable size.
With hot, sunny days most of last week, the summer crops, from beans to sweet peppers, are growing rapidly. This week, the purple bush beans started producing their first blossoms. I fell in love with these beans after growing them last year. A type of haricot-vert (a thin, French variety of green bean), these velvety-looking, purple beans truly live up to their name Velour!