This week’s share (September 20th):
Turnips: White salad turnips have returned. Eat raw or cook!
Potatoes: Mountain Rose variety.
Bell Peppers: Mixed varieties of green & colored. We didn’t have great ripening on the peppers this year with our short warm season.
Jalapenos (Large shares only)
Dill (Large shares only)
Recipes for the Week: Recipes
Farm Update for the Week:
Sorry everyone for missing last week. The day got away from me and then each day after delivery day, I just couldn’t sit down at the computer to write up the latest news and recipes. But, we’re back. Hope you had plenty of recipes and ideas for cooking your box last week. It seems as though fall has come early this year — actually a month early. We were looking at some of our records from last year and it was amazing what we still had in September — it was still blazing hot. Not this year. It really is quite amazing how each farming season is so different. It is challenging and exciting at the same time. So, most of the summer crops have slowed down by now. We’ll be pulling the tomatoes out of the hoophouse soon and planting winter greens. We’re not sure if our corn will ever mature. We have a nice stand with ears and all, but they just aren’t ready. We’ll see if we get enough warm weather to push the corn to readiness. All the other summer crops have also slowed or stopped all together — beans, eggplant, cucumbers, basil are all nearly done. We’re now switching into our fall crops as they come on. We’ve had some major gopher damage on our potatoes this year. We planted double what we did last year and instead of potato abundance, we’re getting very low yields. We grew our potatoes at our leased field this year and we just think they do much better at our home farm. We also tried a new method of hilling, but we think we want to go back to mulching them next year. It is a lot of work, but it results in weed free potatoes. We also have less gopher problems at home.
We’ve planned out the next few weeks on the farm. We’ve got big projects to finish — harvesting storage onions & shallots, harvest winter squash & pumpkins, and harvest potatoes. We’re building a storage room in the barn for all the winter crops so we can have longer storage on all these crops. We’re also putting in a cover crop, mowing and cleaning up the field, planting onions, garlic & leeks for overwintering, planting greens and radishes and the last of the fall/winter crops and harvesting our 50 broiler chickens. Lots to do!
We’re actually downsizing our laying flock and taking a break from offering eggs to CSA and markets, so if you are interested in buying any certified organic laying hens, we have lots for sale! Enjoy the fall weather, make soup and stay warm.