In your share this week:
- red onions
- yellow onions
- scallions - these were dug in muddy ground and only quickly cleaned due to being short on time today, they will store better if you take some time to clean them up a little more and dry off some of the moisture (sorry!)
- basil - last of the year, still small but I can't risk waiting to let it grow another week (another hard freeze coming soon)
- German Extra-Hardy garlic*
- Red Norland potatoes
- Broccoli - Afton's turn this week
- head cabbage - Afton, Smoot, Alpine members
- cauliflower - Jackson
- tomatoes - Afton, we picked some that are barely turning colors, they should ripen over time
For some crops, the plants just aren't giving us the 50+ we need each week for the entire CSA membership. So we harvest what is ready, keeping in mind the numbers for each pick-up location, and I keep detailed notes. Please be patient and know that we are doing our best to get each crop rotated to everyone!
* You are getting 1 pound of our German Extra-Hardy garlic this week. We've spent a lot of time and effort cleaning it up and sorting out any bad bulbs. Please store it in a dry and well ventilated place and use it sooner than later. We've never had an issue with mold before but I'm thinking this crop will not store like our garlic does normally. We are sadly disappointed in our garlic crop this year and we appologize if you receive any that is "rotten" on the inside (this is something we can't see when cleaning the outside).
News around the farm:
We had a great crew of help scheduled to help us dig potatoes last Saturday, but Smoot was hit with another major hail storm (quarter sized hail!) and heavy rains nearly all night. So, we switched around and worked some more on the garlic. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day of cleaning garlic on our deck.
New plan is to dig potatoes this coming Saturday, September 27th, 8 am. Join us! (Got that Mother Nature! We plan to dig potatoes this weekend!)
I recently hosted a field trip for two 2nd grade classes from Afton Elementary. I gave them a tour of the farm, tried to teach a few things, quized the students on produce, but in the end, it was the animals they liked best. Best quote of the day was when I asked "Does anyone know what organic means?" A young boy, with his hand waiving enthusiasically, replied "You don't put sugar on it!" Um... close.
Our loyal and much loved dog Zip died last week. Some of you knew our "old man" well. He lived a good 16 years and was like a farm mascot to our little farm family of workshares and local members. He was a great dog! We still have Duke, our dog that loves to bark but is afraid of people. He follows me around the farm now and sneaks over to the greenhouses to find me. He doesn't like being alone so Shain is on a mission to find him a new buddy.
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!