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.
Cover crops are in and we are beginning to harvest the Winter Squash. We had a lot of rain on the weekend which is unfortunate since the soil had just finally dried enough to dig potatoes. Hopefully we can get some spuds dug before the next rain event next week. The crops do look great which is encouraging.
The Vegetable Share for the week includes Zucchini, Peppers, Spaghetti Squash, Greens (arugula, mustard, tat soi, dandelion, vitamin green, amara, cabbage and kale), Lettuce or Eggplant, Radish and Collards. The substitutions are Scallions, Cilantro, Fennel, Tomatillos, and small Cabbages.
The Fruit Share includes the seedless grapes Concord and Canadice and a choice of Plums, Prunes, Apples and Pears. It is starting to taste like fall.
Rain. We have had over four inches since Thursday and more is on its way! It is good that it is still Summer so that the wind and sun can effectively work their drying powers. Late Blight was reported today in Cattaraugus County which is where the farm is. Last week we mowed off the Potatoes so they are safe under the soil. These conditions are ideal for blight. If you have Tomatoes or Potatoes in your home garden keep an eye on them. Late blight will make your crops look like they were hit by a frost.
The Vegetable Share includes Tomatoes, Greens, Summer Squash, Peppers, Cucumbers, Lettuce or Chard, Scallions or Sweet Onions, Sweet Carrots or Yellow Beets. The substitution is radish, little cabbages, napa, parsley and cilantro.
The Fruit Share includes Peaches, White Peaches, Donut Peaches and Prune Plums.
The potatoes plants were mowed down yesterday. They were dying back. By mowing they will start to cure faster. It takes about three weeks for the skins to cure. This means that the skin will not rub off when they are harvested. We plan on offering more potatoes this season during the summer share.
The Vegetable Share includes Tomatoes, Lettuce or Dandelion, Scallions or Sweet Onions, Greens (Kale, Cabbage, Arugula, Vitamin Greens, Amara), Summer Squash or Peppers, Eggplant or Cucumbers. The subs are Parsley, Cilantro, Napa and Radish.
The Fruit Share includes Peaches and a choice of Plums, Donut Peaches, Apricots and White Nectarines.