Roof farmer has been busy roof farming.  June is a miracle of growth (weeds included).  Here’s this week’s update to the CSA:

Hi All,

 
Here’s the latest from the farm.  The bad news is the cold weather is holding back some of the early summer crops, like beans, carrots, beets.  They’re coming along, but just need a bit more time.  The good news is that the cold weather is lovely for lettuce and other greens.  I wish we could start adding more variety, but its still mainly salad makings. 
 
Looking ahead, the tomatoes and squash are already starting to set fruit!   They benefited greatly from their early start in the hoop houses.  It may be a while yet, depending on weather, but a big crop is on its way.   I also think I saw the first Jalapeno pepper today.
 
Here’s some ideas for the cooking greens you’ll be getting (we never cooked greens before last year, but out of “necessity” discovered how good they can be).  These greens will include Swiss chard, Kale, turnip greens, beet greens, and maybe some mustard greens.  They can be combined with all sorts of things, including bacon or sausage, but are also good with garlic and onion and whatever else you can imagine.  Last week, we  mixed them with canned tomatoes (from last year’s harvest), red beans, cilantro, garlic, and rice.  It was a yummy combination.  Start by sautéing the greens in some olive oil until they turn darker green and wilt.  Then add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan, and cook until they achieve the tenderness you want.  There are also a lot of great recipes to be found on line.  Greens are also great in soups.  Part of the pleasure of eating locally is discovering new ways of preparing what is in season.
 
Cheers,
 
Erik
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  1. Bill Says:

    This cool weather has been rather a challenge for us ‘ground’ farmers, most of my tomatoes are not nearly as tall as yours (as seen from the street) and I have not even planted my peppers yet. With the hoop houses, when did you plant your tomatoes and peppers? I plan on installing a similar covering system on my plants to extend the fall and get an early start to next year. I would appreciate a chance to se your operation.
    Regards,
    Bill C

    • rooffarmer Says:

      Hi Bill,
      I started my tomato seedlings indoors around the 1st of february and moved them outside into the enclosed hoop housesthat were inside the greenhouse starting near the beginning of March. They are tall, but they’ve been going for a good long while, now. I started transplanting tomatoes into a hoop house that did not have the additional greenhouse cover in early April, but had a few die-offs with some colder temps. They are a few weeks behind, but really not fewer than the transplant date would suggest. The law of diminishing returns applies to early starts with veggies.

      The other interesting thing about the roof is that it is significantly hotter there during the day (but not at night). Even these 60 degree days feel pretty warm up there. When it hits the 70s the lettuce and other colder weather crops start suffering.

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