Peas Please

What’s in the Upic Field?

  • Snap Peas
  • Snow Peas
  • Flowers with signs

The Upic field opens this week and peas are ready. Please read further for more info about how upic works. The suggested amount to pick is two pints (we’ll supply the pints) this first week so that there is enough for everyone. There are a few flower varieties starring as well. Look for the plantings that have signs, this means they are okay to pick.  Pick carefully so that we can keep the plants healthy.

Here’s the skinny on how Upic works. We prepare, plant, and weed this ½ acres plot just for you, the members of the farm. Growing there you will find cherry tomatoes, green beans, herbs, flowers, and most notably this week, peas. These are crops that are particularly rewarding to harvest and can add a lot of value to your share as they often are great accompaniments to the “field crops” we harvest and wash for you each week.

The important thing to understand about this field is that it belongs to everyone who has a share in the farm. There are 250 shares this year and we try very hard to plan each planting so that everyone will be able to enjoy every crop. The idea is that all of these crops are compliments to the field crops and not necessarily staples in and of themselves. While we would love to be able to plant enough Upic basil for everyone to make pesto for the winter or sow enough beans to share with your neighbors, it’s just not possible in the space we have to work with. Those of you that split shares, we ask that you be particularly aware of your picking quantities.

With the exception of these first couple weeks we will not suggest amounts for you to take from the upic field. The idea is that we all take our share and consciously leave behind enough for everyone else. The upic field has always been our grand experiment in community spirit and in thirteen years of CSA growing all over the Northeast we have never been disappointed.

Here are a few points and guidelines to keep Upic going strong all summer:

  • Picking is open on Tuesday, Fridays, and Sundays from dawn to dusk. Please pick just once a week.
  • Look for the signs we post in the field indicating what is ready to pick. If you don’t see a sign, please don’t pick it.
  • Scissors are provided to help in cutting things that need to be cut (not peas). Please use them –clean cuts help keep the plants healthy and productive. Please don’t put scissors in your pockets! You’ll remember them when you get home. The loop on each pair is to go around your wrist and keep them handy for picking.
  • Be gentle with the plants when picking and USE BOTH HANDS, one to hold the plant and one to cut or pick. Parents please teach your little ones how to do this before letting them loose.
  • Be aware of where you are walking and try to walk between the beds and not on them.
  • Know and teach your young ones that all of the fencing at the farm is electrified, including the fence around the upic field.
  • Make sure the kids (and adults) stay out of the buildings and off of the tractors and farm equipment. The farm is old and there are numerous serious dangers to be found.
  • Weeding, picking rock,s and squashing bad bugs are always welcome. If you question whether a bug is bad leave it be: it could be an ally.

What’s in the Share?

  • Lettuce
  • Chard/Kale
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Salad Turnips
Look for great chines cabbage recipes on the website sidebar. The rule of thumb with this great summer cabbage is…use it as you would any other cabbage (cole slaw, stir fry, etc.)

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