In your share this week:
- yellow onions
- red onions
- Yukon Gold potatoes *last of the season
- French fillet beans
- cilantro *last of the season
- salad mix
- broccoli - Jackson
- cauliflower - Alpine
- cabbage - Alpine, Afton, Smoot
- tomatoes - Smoot, Alpine
Yes! Salad Mix! Our very last planting of salad greens made it to harvest! The leaves were small enough to survive some wicked weather (hail, hard rains, and freezing temperatures) a few weeks ago (which wiped out our second to last batch of greens and is the reason you haven't had salad for so many weeks) and we are so VERY hopeful they will make it through what lies ahead of us this weekend and the coming weeks as we draw closer to the end of the CSA season. Such a bonus to be harvesting salad greens grown outside this late in the season.
We have had some beautiful weather lately! Wonderful for growing great Fall produce! I was surprised several times this week to find that some plants are still giving us a bounty of goodness. I was hoping to get enough cucumbers so everyone could have at least one - there were well over 100! I thought we'd get a measly last picking off the fillet bean plants this week and call it good for the year - the plants were loaded with beans and they are still producing blossoms! All around the farm, I can see the plants have enjoyed this stretch of sunshine and warm nights. I admit to enjoying it myself. A lot!
Because of the nicer weather, we were able to make a quick trip to Utah this weekend to visit Shain's dad, who recently had open heart surgery. He is recovering slowly, but surely. Thank you to so many who have expressed concern and prayers on his and our behalf. (Shain's dad was a part of EverGreen Farm for several years. He was instrumental in building greenhouses and expanding this business from the little 1 acre farm we started 10+ years ago.)
We have not yet set a date for the end of the CSA season. In our sign up papers, it says we go through the middle of October. I know we will have deliveries through October 14th, at least. Maybe the 21st, depending on weather, the condition and quantity of food remaining, and the availability of our Workshares. You can see from above, that some items are done for the year, but there is still a LOT of great food to harvest.
I've had some questions about some of the crops we usually grow.
- Shell peas - yes, Shain planted a long row but they didn't grow to production. The plants are about 12 inches tall, it looks like they tried to blossom, but then that's it. One long row of stunted shell pea plants.
- Dill - It's also quite stunted. Most plants are about 6 inches tall. Usually they have grown into small bushes by now and have gone to seed (which people buy for making pickles). We will start cutting the small plants soon and enjoying the little bit that they gave us.
- Broccoli - a favorite crops for so many members, but it also struggled this year. We planted broccoli at least 4 times this year. Most of it was eaten in the transplant stage by grasshoppers. Everyone will get some broccoli, but not a lot.
- Cauliflower - same as broccoli, but just starting to produce heads big enough for harvest.
- Tomatoes - Shain did some experimented this year by ordering some live tomato plants. He is determined to find a replacement for the varieties we grew so well for so many years (up until 3 years ago). These plants did grow better, and are loaded with big green tomatoes. They are finally starting to ripen, slowly. So, this is an improvement over last year, but still disappointing. (I envy those living in UT for one reason only - they can grow tomatoes outside!)
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!