CSA Week 18

This Week’s Harvest

Broccoli

Swiss Chard

Red Radishes

French Breakfast Radishes

Salad Mix

Dill

Green Beans

Okra

Garlic

Candy Onions

Delicata Winter Squash

Romaine or Bibb Lettuce

Apple Share: Jonathon (dark red, excellent sweet/tart balance and flavor) and Idared (larger, red and green, great baking apple)

CSA Event Coming Up! Our CSA member potluck is Sunday Oct. 2 from 4 to 7. The schedule is a farm tour from 4 to 5 and dining from 5 to 7. We are also happy to give another tour for any late comers interested in doing so. Please bring a dish to share (no pressure! You can grab chips at the store and people will gobble them up!) As of now, the weather forecast for the day is mostly sunny and 72 degrees!

Farm News

We can bring you 24 weeks of seasonal produce because we are constantly planting starting in April! This succession planting gives us a continuous supply of green beans, salad mix, summer squash, etc. Sometimes plantings get missed because of weather or don’t produce well for one reason or another. This year we had a terrible time with lettuce germination and ended up with half of what we planned to plant for 3 of our succession plantings giving us a bit of a gap in our salad mix for the boxes. But we just keep planting whatever and whenever we can and are able to fill our boxes despite the losses.

As far as our planting regimen goes, the month of September is devoted to direct seeding fast growing crops like turnips, spinach, radishes, arugula, and other greens. Transplanting season is over–the greenhouse is empty, the tractor mounted transplanter put away for the year. Instead we are sowing seeds directly into the ground. Ben prepped the entire field all at once but we space out the seeding. By having the beds all ready we are able to “stale bed” or have a round or 2 or 3 of weeds germinate and then lightly till them under. The end result is very clean, weed free beds! The fall is such a nice time for us because we are able to mange weeds much more effectively than in the spring (not large enough windows of time to stale bed) and summer (not much time to weed).  We hope you are able to come out to the farm this weekend and check out our bountiful fields!

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First round of directed seeded crop ready to harvest
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2nd round of radishes, arugula, spinach, and more all germinated nicely
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The tracks of the final round of field direct seeding. Waiting for the seeds to germinate
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It was still too hot for our first round of spinach which didn’t come up, but the second round looks great!

Recipes

Broccoli Bites with Dill yogurt dipping sauce

Vegetable Stew (use delicata squash in place of butternut, regular potatoes in place of sweet potatoes)

Green Bean and Radish Salad

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