Week 13

Here’s a bright and sunny August share for you!

  • Sweet peppers! – Long skinny are “Jimmy Nardello” and the rounder one is “Liebsapfel.”  They will ripen/redden up more on your counter top.
  • Swiss Chard
  • Beets
  • Eggplant
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce – Romaine

Note that we will likely have bulk basil for pesto and bulk saucing tomatoes for sauce available for additional cost at CSA pickup.  Please let me know if you’d like any!  Complimentary U-pick items are still in effect: cherry tomatoes, cut flowers, and various herbs.

Our field of onions has started the process of curing in the field as you can see here.  The first thing that happens is that their tops fall over…

img_1650Then we cut off their irrigation to help them start drying and curing.  After a few weeks of that we pull them out of the ground (especially if the forecast calls for any significant rain) and put them somewhere dry with airflow and let them cure for a few more weeks.  After that, they can be cleaned up a bit and distributed!  We do have some more sweet onions that don’t store as well so those will go out into the shares first starting next week.  In back of the onions here you can see the leeks.  Leeks are super cold-tolerant and will stay in the ground all fall (and winter if there are any left after the CSA wraps up).  We will be waiting to distribute those until closer to the end of the share (October / November).

We planted out our last succession of lettuce in the field for fall harvest.  We have one more succession that will go into the hoop house in about 3 weeks for the last lettuces of the CSA season.  Martin and Sam did an amazing job hand weeding a bed of carrots yesterday that will also be for the fall.  It set my heart at ease to know that we will have this favorite crop this autumn.  I admit I was getting a bit worried!  There is still another 3/4 bed to get to, but seeing one done is quite satisfying.  I am grateful for the amazing crew of folks we have tending to the farm this year.  There are many, many other weeding priorities, some of which have gotten a bit away from us due to the massive focus on harvest, planting, and irrigation over the last few weeks.  But with this cooler weather I hope to get on top of most of them.

Enjoy this cooler week, and remember Monday pickup will be on Tuesday instead next week due to the eclipse!

Cheers, Farmer Matt & the CNF crew.