No posting last week because I could not log-in. I am back. Lots of rain and we had our first frost and our first snow last week. Summer crops are moving out. We are busy harvesting and filling up our coolers and assorted storage areas. This week and next week will be the last Summer Shares. We do have Season Extension and Winter Shares available.
I have been thinking about the farmers who have lost their crops this year to natural disasters. I have a hard time imagining what loosing everything would feel like. I hope I never find out. What we can do is support our farmers who feed us and grow cotton for our clothes so they can recover. I read about agriculture almost every day and what I hear farmers saying is that they do not want charity they want markets for their crops.
The Vegetable Share for the week includes Potatoes, Winter Squash, Eggplant, Greens, Tat Soi as a feature and Herbs (Cilantro, Fennel, Parsley). The Substitutions are Radish, Japanese Turnips, Hot Peppers and Potatoes.
The Fruit Share includes a choice of Apples and Pears.
Just when we thought we had had way too much rain it rained again. It rained so hard for so long that the creek flooded. Good thing we had already harvested the Winter Squash because some of those squashes would have floated away. The good news is that we have beautiful warm and sunny weather now which is drying out the soil. We had hoped to have the Potatoes out this week but next week seems more likely. The crops look great and if you do not already have a Season Extension Share now is the time to sign-up.
The Vegetable Share includes Choi, Winter Squash featuring Butternut, Peppers, Greens, Lettuce or Eggplant, Scallions or Onions and Radish or Japanese Turnips. The substitutions are cilantro, fennel, hot peppers and potatoes.
The Fruit Share includes Apples and Pears from Singer Farm and Mars seedless grapes from Erdle Farm.
I am starting to feel like the old guy who keeps telling you the same story over and over again. Finally on Friday the soil was dry and then it rained again on Sunday and today it rained lots. Tomorrow there is no rain and then Thursday the rain returns. We are not worried about getting in the crop but a dry stretch would be helpful.
The Vegetable Share for the week includes Winter Squash, Carrots, Potatoes, Herbs, Zucchini, Lettuce or Eggplant and Greens. The substitutions are peppers, hot peppers and tomatillos. We also have white Elba potatoes to replace the ones that might have gone bad on you. We tried a new washing method which was a failure and caused the potatoes to rot. We are sorry and it will not happen again.
The Fruit Share includes Apples, Pears and Quince.
It seemed like a switch was hit and all of a sudden Fall was here. The harvest is full on now. We have lots of crop but we also have until mid-November to bring it all in. We are getting some rot due to all the rain but generally the crops look great. This week we will finish the Winter Squash harvest. Butternut, Sweet Dumpling and Confection are still waiting for us to bring them inside.
The Vegetable Share for the week includes Elba Potatoes, Spaghetti or Acorn Winter Squash, Spinach or Lettuce, Greens (Arugula, Tat Soi, Vitamin Greens, Komansuna, Dandelion, Collards and Cabbage), Peppers, Japanese Turnips or Radishes and this weeks feature is a choice of Red Russian or Siberian Kale. The substitutions are Hot Peppers, Cilantro, Fennel or Zucchini.
The Fruit Share for the week includes Bosc Pears, Gala, Mac, Honey Crisp and organic Crimson Crisp Apples. There are also Red Plums.
The Vegetable Share for the week includes Herbs (Fennel, Parsley, Cilantro, Dill, Sage, Thyme and Tarragon), Tat Soi as a feature, Bora Valley purple potatoes, Lettuce or Spinach, Peppers and Greens (Kale, Collards, Arugula, Mustard, Vitamin Greens, Komansuna, Amara and Dandelion). The substitutions are Scallions, Japanese Turnips, Radish and Zucchini.
The Fruit Share includes Apples (Mac and Gala), Prunes and Red Plums from Bittner-Singer Farms and Bartlett pears from Blackman Orchard.