This Week’s Harvest
French Breakfast Radishes
Downing Land (variety developed by Downing Fruit Farm, red and yellow, mild and sweet), 20/20 (another apple developed by Downing Land. cross between Rome and Granny Smith, green tart and crisp) and Winesap (dark red, tart)
We have gotten at over 4 inches of rain in October which has added a layer of stress to our already demanding occupation. But this week we were able to breathe a sigh of relief as we got the first crop of 2018 planted- garlic! Getting to plant it this week was totally off our radar as we had gotten half an inch of rain on Monday. But we watched the beds Ben had hilled for the garlic dry out steadily all week and by Thursday evening it seemed like they might actually be dry enough to till and plant. Could we actually plant on Friday before the next round of rain? Friday is usually a market harvest day but considering the cold and wet 10 day forecast we made the decision to prioritize planting garlic over harvesting for market. We gave ourselves 2 hours to harvest whatever we could for market and then it was garlic for the rest of the day. While Ben spread fertilizer and tilled beds, the crew and I cracked garlic into individual cloves which then get planted. By 2 o’clock we were planting and by 6 o’clock we were done. And just in time, too, because it started to rain what would turn out to be another 3/4 inch.
This is the last week for some of our biweekly members. Thank you for your support! We hope this experience opened you up to new vegetables or vegetables you thought you didn’t like and had you making creative and delicious meals. We hope it won you over and you’ll join the CSA next year too!