This Week’s Harvest
- Bok Choi
- Red Onions
- Sweet Italian Peppers or Bell Peppers
- Acorn Squash or Spaghetti Squash
- Poblano Peppers
This week may just bring the end of our summer crops as wide spread frost is predicted over the weekend. On Friday we will go through the solanum field and pick any sizable peppers, eggplant and tomatoes for a final harvest. But I suspect the plants will be toast by the end of the weekend.
While the frost means certain death for some plants, for others it means improved flavor! Kale and other brassicas sweeten. Carrots too. Spinach is divine after a couple frosty nights.
Because of the cold temps, our focus this week is getting our sweet potatoes out of the ground. We have 5 beds harvested with 13 to go but can work on them every day this week so we aren’t concerned about getting them out. Last year we planted more than this year and sadly couldn’t get to them all before the cold settled in. So I’m glad we scaled back seeing as this year’s cold is coming a little bit ahead of our Oct 15 average frost date.
After sweet potatoes we’ll move on to getting other storage crops out of the field. By the beginning of November, the goal is to have a trailer full of root crops; beets, carrots, turnips, winter radishes yet to be harvested; potatoes already harvested; sweet potatoes in progress. (By the way, the first sweet potatoes will show up in the box week 20 or 21. They need to cure for a couple weeks after harvest)
Coming Up Next Week (our best guess….) Peppers, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Dill, Beets, Salad Mix, Onions, Spinach, Celery, Kohlrabi