Bringing Home the Harvest 10-11-11

Here we are, the penultimate week of the summer season and suddenly, the tomatoes are trying to make up for lost time. This morning, we picked 71 pints of SunGold cherry tomatoes! I think our previous record was something like 30 pints. Looking at the 10 day forecast, it looks as if we might be frost free for another week or two, so there may be more where that came from, so if you’re signed up for the winter CSA, you may be getting a few tomatoes at the beginning. Here’s hoping.

Beyond that, the share’s similar to last week’s. Some root crops, some nice greens, and some nightshades. In terms of harvest variety, fall is my favorite season because of the overlap of the seasons.

It’s a time of change here at the farm – the tomatoes give way to chard, the eggplant to spinach, the melons to lettuce – but that’s the joy of it of a diversified, seasonally aware farm. We’ll miss our summer crops, but eagerly await the crisp greens and reassuring roots of winter.

We’ve also been experiencing change among the folks on the farm. A few weeks ago, a new family came to the farm through the WWOOF program to spend a few months with us. If you’re around the farm, you’ll probably get to meet Adam, Rachel or one of their children and if you do, I’m sure you’ll find them as delightful as we do. It’s truly one of the joys of our farm to have the opportunity to meet and work alongside so many wonderful people, but alas, with so many meetings, there are also many partings. Our friends Shawn, Lesley and Kelsey, who lived in the basement all winter and managed the animals, moved on to their own farm a few weeks, and we can’t wait to see how they bring their new land to life. Time’s also up for our two marvelous summer apprentices, Denis and Rachel. Denis finished his internship this week and Rachel will be completing hers at the end of this month.  They have worked very hard in some extremely challenging conditions for the past six months, but have persevered with good humor and have grown into wonderful farmers. We wish them all the best as they move on their next adventures. They will be sorely missed (Denis is already). If you have the chance to see either one, make sure you express your appreciation for their hard work.

Summer Squash

Zucchini

Chard

Salad Mix

Potatoes

Arugula Bundles

Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Sweet Corn (Maybe)

Eggplant

Bell Peppers

Bundled Pak Choi

Scallions

Leeks

Mint

Basil

Japanese Salad Turnips

Green Tomatoes

Hot Peppers

Sprouts

Fruit Share this week is apples, bread this week is whole wheat. Don’t forget, the potluck is this Saturday at starting at 5:30ish. Bring something to share, and come ready to see the farm, take a hayride, and enjoy a lovely fall evening on the farm.

If you haven’t signed up for the winter CSA, we still have a few shares left. Don’t miss out on delicious local veggies – sign up now!

Finally, we’ll be sending out our end-of-season survey in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that. Your feedback will help us as we plan for the future.

 

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