We had three heavy frosts this weekend and today is the last day of summer. It’s always a bitter sweet moment when seasons change. I love the fall but we know that colder days are coming and there’s lots to do before the snow flies!! Some of our peppers and eggplant were damaged in the frost but we still should be able to harvest what was under row cover :). We’re now harvesting our potatoes and sweet potatoes then we’ll move onto parsnips and carrots.
The CSA veggie share for this week contains:
acorn or sphaghetti squash, peppers or eggplant or summer squash, spinach, greens (including lettuce, mustard, arugula, tat soi, kale and collards) and radish or possibly some japanese turnips. Sweet onions are a sub.
Fruit shares include apples and grapes.
With a frost forecast for this evening, we were busy today picking up the last of our winter squash that was left in the field and covering our peppers and eggplant with row cover. A row cover will only protect plants against a light frost not a freeze. Crops like tomatillos and summer squash will have to fend for themselves. Now we just wait and see how cold it actually gets.
Your veggie shares this week includes: sphaghetti squash, herbs (cilantro, parsley and dill), peppers or summer squash (or something else if the frost knocks these plants down), spinach and greens (chard, kale and other salad greens possibly if they have grown since last week!).
Fruit shares include: your choice of apples (gala and golden supreme) and pears and grapes (Thomcord and Vanessa)
The Vegetable CSA share for this week includes: Green beans (from Porter Farms), lettuce, peppers or eggplant or tomatillos, spinach, and herbs (parsley, cilantro, dill, basil). Summer squash is a substitution.
Fruit shares get peaches!! Yum….
Fall is certainly in the air! We are starting to harvest all of our winter squash. The plants are dying back and we want to get them inside the barn for safe storage in case we have an early frost. We’ve pulled what was left of our cucumbers out of the greenhouse in preparation of planting spinach for the season extension share.
The share for this week includes: carrots or beets, eggplant or peppers, summer squash and zucchini, kale or chard or another green, herbs (cilantro, dill, parsley, basil).
Fruit shares include: somerset seedless grapes and peaches
We’re one month away from Equinox when we really start to feel the effects of fall but for now we’re still enjoying the bounty of summer!!
Veggie shares this week consist of: sweet onions, watermelon or cantaloupe, sweet corn (organic from Abers Acres), greens (arugula, lettuce, mizuna, dandelion), eggplant or peppers or cucumbers. Substitutions are herbs (parsley, dill, basil) and summer squash.
Fruit shares this week include: your choice of yellow peaches, white nectarines, prune and red plums.
When I post the share on Mondays, we look forward and project what crops will be ready and are ready for the share. Sometimes we have to switch things up fast due to a lower yield than expected or a higher yield or for a variety of other reasons. This is why some sites may get one thing and others not. This is also why sometimes the share that we write up today may not be what you get later in the week. We try to be as accurate as we can but, we are dealing with living, growing plants within the ecosystem of our farm. Deer, woodchucks and insects all go about their business seeking out food. Too much heat or lack of rain can throw off predicted times of harvest and hail can ruin crops. All these things keep us on our toes so, we thank you once again for coming along with us on the seasonal ride that is vegetable farming in Western NY!!
One of the joys of farming is hearing and seeing hawks hovering over our fields. There has been a red tailed hawk that has been in close proximity-whether flying overhead or landing next to us in our field. Birds of prey help us out going after field mice and moles that like to nibble on our tender crops. Seeing these majestic birds of prey is not only a pleasure to the eye but a nice reminder of how we fit into the greater scheme of things.
Your veggie shares this week include: sweet onions, tomatoes (from Abers Acres), watermelon or cantaloupe, eggplant or peppers or cucumbers, summer squash or zucchini. Herbs are a sub (cilantro, dill, parsley, basil)
Your fruit share includes: yellow peaches, white peaches and prune plums. Orchard Park and the farm shareholders will get extra fruit this week to complete the make up for the missed share in June.
Your vegetable CSA share includes: sweet onions, tomatoes (certified organic from Abers Acres), eggplant or peppers or cucumbers (or something else-depending on our yields…), lettuce and herbs (parsley, basil, cilantro).
Fruit shares will enjoy peaches and possibly some plums if Bittner Singer Orchards are able to harvest some.
To our OP fruit shareholders: Our apologies about the mix up in your fruit share last week. We had things all planned and ordered for you to have your regular share of peaches and nectarines AND blueberries to catch you up for your missed share in June. Bittner Singer Orchards had an unexpected low yield for early peaches and nectarines that they only let me know about last Tuesday morning. We had to act fast and switch your order to those wonderful plums and we added the blueberries to your regular weeks share. We still need to finish catching you up for your missed share. Not to worry though-we’ll make it up to you as soon as possible!
It’s been raining so much! We are hoping to dig carrots for the share this week but if it doesn’t stop raining we’ll have to substitute in something else. We dig carrots with our tractor which pulls a long blade that lifts the carrots up and loosens the ground so we can easily pick them up, take the tops off and send them off to the barn to be washed. If the fields are too wet we can’t get our tractor into the fields without compacting the soil. Compact soil is terrible for the soil ecosystem and impedes root growth besides being hard on our tractor!
Your share for this week includes: sweet onions, sweet corn from Abers Acres, herbs, zucchini or summer squash, and hopefully carrots!!
Fruit shares include peaches and nectarines from Bittner Singer Farms. Blueberries are in OP, Am and Farm shares to catch up on the missed share in June.
With August right around the corner, we are delighted to have sweet corn in the share this week! The sweet corn comes from Abers Acres. We also got the first picked green beans from Porter Farms. While there wasn’t enough yield from that planting for the whole CSA, we will try to get beans to everyone eventually. Both Abers Acres and Porter Farms are certified organic growers.
Your share includes: green beans (or sweet onions),sweet corn, swiss chard or kale, herbs (cilantro and dill included!!), zucchini or summer squash.
Sue Abers from Abers Acre informed me that they have a bumper crop of blueberries this year so are happily getting more blueberries in this week. The fruit share this week includes a pint of blueberries and 2lbs of sweet cherries.
I love July. July is a month that we eagerly anticipate the summer crops that we look forward to all spring. Tomatoes, sweet, pepper and eggplant are all around the corner and should be in your share soon!!
This weeks share includes:
scallions, carrots, lettuce and/or greens, cabbage, herbs and zucchini.
Fruit shares this week include sweet cherries from Bittner Singer farms and organic blueberries from Abers Acres.
Pitted tart cherries are available-look out for an email directly from us for specifics on ordering.
Enjoy the fruits of this earth!