Fall Predictions – Week 8 of 9

We’re coming up on the end of the season, just two more weeks of harvests remain. Here’s what I’m hoping we’ll have in the shares next week: spinach, sugarloaf chicory, shallots, turnips, daikon radishes, celeriac or parsnips, and a choice of kale, collards, or chard.

Looking ahead to the final week the possibilities include: radicchio, storage onions, leeks, salad turnips, watermelon radishes, beets, arugula, mustard, carrots and the usual mix of kale, collards, chard and a bit of cabbage.

It’s been tough predicting as crops have grown very, very slowly this fall. It’s good in the sense that things aren’t getting overgrown, but they’re all a bit smaller than ideal so I’m hoping a bit of moisture this coming week, and maybe the warm temperatures will help bulk things up, despite the very short days. These dry, sunny days have been great for working in and we are definitely appreciating not working in the usual cold, wet, muddy conditions of fall.

Yesterday we had time to do a little clean up in the afternoon and got some of the summer trellising ready to come down. By the end of our field work day at 5pm the sun was already down and the moon was high in the east.

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