This week’s share (October 4th):
Corn!: Finally….we’re calling it Rocktober Corn! 🙂
Salad Mix (Large shares only)
Eggplant (Large shares only)
Recipes for the Week: Recipes
Farm Update for the Week:
We’ve taken to a new phrase around here — Rocktober! That’s right. We had sort of a weird September in crops, but October is seeing some high yields of summer crops and the beginning of all our fall crops, so it is time to rock the food scene! Despite the change in weather, the summer crops continue to yield — especially peppers. We’ve been calling it the Year of the Pepper because we haven’t been able to grow great peppers in the past. We put a lot of energy into them this year and we are being rewarded with so many sweet peppers. Try roasting them and tossing them with olive oil. Yum! Or make a red pepper spread. We’ve also been making a lot of vegetable fried rice with protein and the peppers do great in that. We finally have corn this week. Unbelievable! We thought it would never mature. It is quite tasty. The pollination was a bit iffy on some of it and we’ve tried to pick only the ears that are fully kernelized (is that a word?), so let us know if you don’t enjoy your corn and we’ll try to replace it. We also have the appearance of one of my favorite vegetables — rutabaga! I absolutely love rutabaga and if you have been with our CSA before, then you’ve already heard me rave about it. Such a stalwart vegetable. It stores forever and you can just keep cutting on these huge rutabaga for days!
We dug our potatoes last year and were a bit disappointed with the yields. You’ve probably been wondering why you haven’t been receiving potatoes and that is why. We had a lot of gopher and weed problems with them and spotty watering, so the yields have been though. You should get them a couple more times before the end. We have just enough for you and the winter CSA. Last year, we were selling tons of potatoes at market and wholesale, so we are a little disappointed on the yield, but I guess we can’t get everything right every year. We’ve pulled all the tomatoes out of the hoophouse and will plant arugula, salad greens, spinach, radishes & chard in there right after we do a quick fix on the hoophouse damage from last winter. This week, we’re also butchering our meat chickens and starting to prep for a cover crop. October is all about harvest and wrapping up the farm. It feels good to be moving into this phase of the season. Enjoy your week.