Raining and pouring

Well, Minnesota seems to have decided that it should make up for the weeks of no significant rainfall by dumping it on us all in one week! With an inch and a half of rainfall from the storm on Tuesday night and Wednesday, three-quarters of an inch on Friday night, and more rain Saturday afternoon, our plants are sizing up quickly. But so are the weeds!

Luckily, we had a team of wonderful volunteers come lend a hand today, for our second-ever workday! We had about twenty wonderful friends (new and old) stop by throughout the day, and got the entirety of our 15th avenue lot weeded and mulched! The furrows look clean and orderly, the grass has been beaten back, and our vegetables have a little more room to breathe. A million thanks go out to all our incredible volunteers, who stuck it out even as the light sprinkles turned into steady rain in the afternoon. We couldn’t do it without you!

If you missed this workday and would like to get involved, shoot us an email at concretebeet AT gmail.com. We’re hoping to host another workday in July, so stay tuned for more details!

The second week of our CSA is going wonderfully, with shares full of many greens (kale, chard, arugula, bok choi), baby beets, cilantro, parsley, and even the season’s first SNAP PEAS! Next week we’ll have an even greater diversity of edibles, with collards and head lettuce joining the mix. After that, baby carrots, big beets, and new potatoes are on the horizon! And we’ve already got some little green tomatoes set on the vines, so before we know it we’ll be rolling in summer veggies!

Best wishes to you all, have a wonderful week, and stay dry!

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Last week’s mini-CSA shares were just a preview for what’s to come this week: our first full shares! Last week, we had four items for our members, this week there will be nine! We’ll have chard, kale, mixed salad greens, bunched braising greens, radishes, salad turnips, green onions, and a few sprigs of basil!

In case you were wondering, we did survive the heat wave this week, with lots of water breaks and a few good “accidental” soakings of ourselves with the hose. We transplanted tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant at our newest location on 12th Ave in the 90 degree heat on Monday, and then watered twice a day on Tuesday to keep things alive. Some of the plants are a little worse for the wear, but it seems like most will survive and we’ll have a bumper tomato crop this year!

In other news, we’ll be holding another workday on June 18th, so check our “Get Involved” page, or the Facebook event, for more details! Lots of fun is promised, and as much dirt under your fingernails as you’d care to take home with you.

Time to write long, eloquent blog posts is running short in these days of long hours in the sun, so this update will be brief. For our members and those of you on our mailing list, you can look forward to our weekly newsletter on Thursday morning! If you’d like to get our newsletter, please email us at concretebeet@gmail.com!

Have a wonderful week, and enjoy the cooler weather!