In your share this week:
- Red Norland Potatoes
- Head Cabbage
- Italian Parsley - last of the season
- Red Onions
- Yellow Onions
- Cucumbers - last of the season
- Fillet Beans
- Golden Beets (Sorry, they are still dirty. I made an executive decision NOT to subject myself or the workshares to washing beets in the pouring rain today.)
*They picked every tomato that was even starting to change colors (plus a few green tomatoes) for your share this week. It's a gamble if anything in greenhouse 6 will survive this next coming cold front. Leave them out on your countertop to ripen. The tomatoes in greenhouse 5 stand a greater chance, but we'll just have to see how cold it really gets.
The last of the parsley and cucumbers were harvested this week so I've marked them off as "last of the season" above. However, this time of year, there's always the possibility that a few other sensitive crops won't make it another week. We are still taking extra precautions with the beans and tomatoes, hoping for another week. Root crops are doing fine and we'll have them for the rest of the season until they are gone.
We are trying to get a head start on fall clean up. All the head cabbage were picked out of greenhouse 3 on Monday which left us with 4,500+ square feet of old, dead plants (zucchini, squash, broccoli, and cauliflower). I hired a few guys and within just a few hours the space was emptied. Next step is to get the area weeded well so we can spread a layer of compost and wood chip mulch before winter. Greenhouse 3 is our last greenhouse to get this treatment. We are very happy with the benefits of using wood chip mulch in all our greenhouses. It helps cut back on weeding, maintains moisture, reduces pests/rodents, and more.
When does the 2013 CSA season end? We don't have a set day yet, but Shain thinks we will run out of food about the second or third week of October.
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!