This moment in the season is a special time of transition. Summer has taken off at full speed, the pastel greens and purples of spring broccoli and cabbage now give way to the showier shades of summer: the bright red of tomatoes, the vibrant greens of zucchini and cucumbers, and the glossy purple of eggplant.
As we begin pulling our first ripe tomatoes from the high tunnel, I feel lucky if I still have time to savor the last of the sugar snap peas alongside them. These brief overlaps of crops often feel like indulgent gifts: the magnanimous result of forces beyond our control colluding, by chance, in our favor.
In the busyness of the season, i do my best to cherish these moments. Growing and eating food when it is in season and at its best forces us into a habit of slowing down and appreciating what is before us day to day, even in these times of rapid change.
A few weeks ago, we harvested cabbage and I was struck by the unassuming beauty and humble, utter perfection of each one. We grow many of the same crops year after year, but the first of any crop is always a sight to behold. Every crop’s season, however, comes on the tail-end of another’s, so I am constantly reminded to savor not only what is new, but also what is departing.
Crop Production Manager
We have several upcoming processing dates Turner Farm lambs. Our lambs are pasture-fed in an environment that consists of open ranges with natural grasses and humane husbandry practices. They are supplemented only with quality minerals, kelp and hay.
We offer two kinds of lamb: Hybrid Vigor and Black Welsh Mountain. Hybrid Vigor grow larger and offer the benefit of more meat per pound while Black Welsh Mountain are found to be more tender. Lamb is succulent meat that needs minimal preparation to enjoy its delicate flavor.
With cooking options including grilling, broiling and roasting, Turner Farm is your answer to providing your family an excellent choice when you desire red meat.
Sign up for your whole or half lamb at https://turnerfarm.org/meat/
Wellness at Turner Farm
Join the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness at Turner Farm for our summer-fall Community Education Series. Each program takes place on a Thursday afternoon 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and includes a farm-fresh lunch.
- July 13 – Food as Medicine for a Healthy Weight with Angela Fitch MD–Beyond the concept of “you are what you eat,” lies the importance of a healthy diet for effective weight management. In this class, Dr. Fitch guides participants through key concepts in understanding the relationship between food and optimal health.
- August 17 – Integrative Nutrition for Cancer with John Sacco MD–Optimize your diet to work for you. Our body’s ability to fight disease and inflammation can be enhanced by the foods we eat. Dr. Sacco will show participants how to design an appropriate diet for cancer treatment, survival and risk reduction.
- September 21 – Mindfulness for Stress Reduction with Sian Cotton PhD–Is an inability to focus on the present moment having a negative impact on your physical and mental health? Join Dr. Cotton as she teaches strategies to build a healthier life through mindful stress management.
Cost: $55 per class or $130 for the series
To register, visit https://turnerfarm.org/university-of-cincinnati-farm-wellness-series/
Building Soils with Cover Crops
Learn to put cover crops to work for you this fall and winter! Cover crops suppress weeds, kill disease organisms, add nitrogen to soil and make your garden more productive and healthy next season. Melinda O’Briant will cover when, why and how to use cover crops. Each participant will receive enough fall cover crop seed to cover 200 sq. ft. of garden space.
Date: Wednesday, September 6, 6:30-8 p.m.
To register, visit https://turnerfarm.org/adult-education/
In the Farm Market
Certified Organic Produce – VEGGIES: tomatoes, eggplant, green beans, zucchini, summer squash, tomatillos, cucumbers, celery, carrots, beets, swiss chard, kale, cabbage, broccoli, baby broccoli, kohlrabi, green onions, fennel HERBS: cilantro, parsley, basil MUSHROOMS: oyster, shiitake
Meat and Eggs –Pastured pork and lamb, all from Turner Farm. Never-frozen chicken will be available through the weekend. Frozen chicken and chicken feet are in stock. Our own farm eggs are also available.
In the Gardens
The weather continues to alternate between hot and rainy, which makes for excellent growing conditions. Tomatoes are popping out of the high tunnel. Summer squash has started its annual onslaught. We’re working hard to bring in a very bountiful harvest, keep the weed pressure down, and begin prepping seedlings and fields for fall crops. It’s hard to believe with the mercury pushing above 90 degrees, but we are already planting crops that will be enjoyed on chilly mornings with pumpkin spice lattes.
Hope to see you soon!
Turner Farm Crop Production Team