Week 18

In this week’s share:

  • Basil
  • Lettuce (2 mini heads)
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Kale (Monday got “Rainbow Lacinato”, Thursday will probably get “Dazzling Blue Lacinato”)
  • “Sangre” Potato
  • Beets
  • Yellow Onion
  • Cucumber (Thursday may get summer squash instead)

Rain has arrived, and with it come changes on the farm and in the CSA share.  Late summer crops continue but cooler season and fall crops are coming on as well.  Sangre potatoes are very creamy baked or boiled.  There will be about 3 more distributions of other varieties of potatoes throughout the rest of the season.  Kale makes a return this week and it’s the first harvest off of our second planting of brassica braising greens (planted out in July).  Some variety of braising greens (collards, kale, chard, mustards) should be in each share from here on to the end of the share in mid-November.

We are mowing down the basil to give you the last of that for the season this week.  It doesn’t like rain or cooler weather very much so would probably decrease in quality very quickly after this wet week.  Green Romano Beans are on the u-pick list this week and will continue to be if they are still around next week.  Same goes for cherry tomatoes.  The cut flowers are still available for u-pick as well but often deteriorate quickly in cold wet weather so get your flowers while you can!

In other farm news, we finished the last of the direct seeding last week (spinach, mustards, and turnips), put the plastic side walls back on the hoophouse, and trimmed the stalks and roots off of the rest of the stored garlic.  Hope you all are enjoying the refreshing moist air as well as the slightly shifting produce mix.

Best, Farmer Matt & the Crew.

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