The days are shorter, the sun is lower in the sky, but we are still eating well thanks to the abundance of fall. In the share this week –
- Eggplant (probably the last)
- Swiss chard
- “Amarosa” Fingerling Potato
- Sweet Peppers
- Yellow Onion
- “Samantha” red lettuce
Peppers and tomatoes are still coming, but slowly. At some point we will call it quits on the tomatoes and hand out a bunch of green tomatoes in the share, but for now with more sun in the forecast, we will keep harvesting the reddish ones. U-pick cherry tomatoes are still available at the farm, though in a bit less supply. The u-pick romano beans are done for the season. There are still u-pick herbs and flowers for now.
Our potato variety this week is “Amarosa,” a really special fingerling variety that has red skin and red flesh. Unfortunately the wire worms really got after this variety so you will find you’ll need to do a bit of trimming off parts. We will continue to have carrots each week for a bit still. The eggplant is probably done after this week.
We took out the cucumber and bean trellises on Monday and started to get those beds ready for cover crop. We are planting a mix of cereal rye and vetch right now which will keep the soil covered with growing plants through the winter and provide organic matter and nitrogen in the spring when they are mowed and incorporated. Other clean-up tasks right now involve rolling up our irrigation lines (drip tape) and some weeding chores. It’s starting to feel like the workload is slowing a bit so we may have some later starts and/or earlier ending workdays soon, an exciting thought for the summer-weary farmers.
Loving these sunny fall days right now,
Farmer Matt & co.