Fall weather has been treating us well so far and we had a pretty good harvest day. In the share this week: baby Hakurei turnips, sweet peppers, tomatoes, bunch greens (collards pictured), carrots, spinach, lettuce, leeks, and winter squash (not pictured). The turnips planting looks like it might be having trouble with a few nasty pests that are stunting the plants. They were also too close together so this first harvest is thinnings, which are on the small side, but still have tasty roots and greens. Sweet peppers are starting to slow down and they’ll benefit from a few days or more on your counter to finish coloring and sweetening up. The tomatoes are hanging on, but just barely and they also need the warmth of your kitchen to finish really ripening. We had some options on the bunch greens today – chard, kale or collards – with most folks getting the collards. Our second to last planting of carrots have sized up nicely and are looking good. The first pick of spinach wasn’t a big harvest, but it’s beautiful stuff. Lettuce is still on the small side and is seeing some slug pressure. Our first leeks of the season are Lincolns, and they’re a great, very long variety. We’ll have more leeks through the end of the season. We also had enough winter squash to give out one more per share, with some choice of variety. In an ideal year we’d hold the winter squash and give it out more slowly than we did this year but we don’t have a good storage space currently on the farm so we rely on your kitchens to provide storage, or just to eat the extra produce right away.
In the field today we were able to pick a few more dry beans and to plant a couple of beds of fava beans for next spring! The Favas are a bit of an experiment as we don’t usually over winter them on the farm, although it is something done commonly here in the PNW. One bed was seeded directly into a summer cover crop of sudan grass. The sudan grass will die when we get any freezing weather, but the Favas should come up through the grass which will help protect the ground. We’ll see how it works, there are also some good winter weeds in that bed. It was easier to plant into as the soil was softer than the bare soil we planted into making it easier to insert our jab planter