I haven’t had any time to write a post lately and I fear now, that I don’t have much to write.
Fall is emerging on the farm. Cold nights, the equinox just around the corner, storage onion harvest, pumpkin and winter squash harvest and potato pulling are all some of the indicators that the farm is on the slow decline to winter. We’ve been pulling remay off some of the fall crops and were quite surprised at the growth and vigor of some of our vegetables. We have gorgeous collards, so much broccoli that is growing nicely although it is multi-branching, so we’ll see what happens with that. We are also trying an open-pollinated Italian variety of broccoli called De Cicco, so I’m curious to see how that matures. Most of the broccoli we grow are hybrid varieties, which mature uniformly and perform outstanding in the field, but we were curious about this variety, so I’m interested to see how it does. Spinach, cauliflower, napa cabbage, turnips, radishes, celery and fall carrots are all doing nicely as well. We have six beds of overwintered brussel sprouts (what were we thinking?), but they are growing well too. I’m curious again to see how that goes. Our CSA ends in three weeks and we have five more weeks of the Siskiyou CSA so by the end of October, we will just be down to restaurants and a few more farmers’ markets. And then rest.
The next few weeks will be busy. We are going to put up the first of our hoophouses so we can grow winter greens and early tomatoes. We are preparing some ground to go into cover crops in the next few weeks, where are potatoes and onions were grown. We will be planting overwintered onions, leeks and garlic in just a few weeks as well. Our tomatoes are still bearing quite nicely, so we should have those until an early frost hits us. We have stacks and stacks of flats of tomatoes just sitting in the dining room waiting for me to sauce and can them. When do I have time? Most of the other summer crops are petering out with beans, zucchini and eggplant slowing their growth. Our crew is okay with that.
I’m feeling very optimistic about the farm and our success this year and looking forward to sitting down this winter and really doing some solid planning for next year’s season. It looks like we are going to make it through this season relatively unscathed and be back for more! I didn’t think that was possible back in July.