In your share this week:
- Japanese Turnips*
- Garlic Scapes*
- Baby Pac Choi*
- Salad Mix
*Last of the Season for these crops. We pulled up the last of the Japanese turnips today to make room for another planting. We also picked heavy from our last row of radishes today. They are getting buggier this time of year and it's not likely we'll get another harvest from that row. Our second crop of pac choi also had to come out this week at the baby stage. The plants were bolting at such a rapid pace that it was either give to the CSA members now or feed to the chickens later. Garlic plants have been picked clean of all their scapes. As I said, they are only available a couple weeks every year (but they can store for up to a month in your fridge).
We are looking to replace one of our Workshares who had to quit due to health concerns. If you know someone who is interested, please have them contact me. They need to be able to work from 7 am to 12 noon on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. They will receive a share of produce in return.
Temperatures have been threatening a freeze for the past several nights. So we've returned to a daily routine of closing greenhouses up tight and covering sensitive crops at night, and opening everything back up again and taking row covers off in the morning. Windows have been heavily frosted at least 2 mornings recently, so we know our time and efforts were worth it.
I wish to remind you of the amazing Workshare crew we have coming to the farm each week to help us harvest your produce and work on other farm projects. Starting this week, all our full Workshares increased their weekly commitment and started coming 5 hours per week. They are such great workers and are essential to helping us run this farm. We literally couldn't do it without them.
Speaking of help on the farm, there is always more to do than we can keep up with. So once again I extend an invitation to the entire CSA membership to come join us for a few hours at the farm. We spend Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings harvesting and other days and times on other priority projects. Right now, we'll mostly be weeding (down on our hands and knees). In a few weeks, we'll start digging up garlic, this is a big project that we'll need help with.
Priorities on the farm are about the same - Farmer Shain has been planting, transplanting, and starting more seeds for fall crops. My assignment is to weed, supervise weeding, and rally more help with the much needed weeding. All weeding brings more great food to the CSA. We weed out a row and it gives a clean space for Shain to plant more food. We weed a row of crops that are ready for harvest and your food is of the very highest quality possible. We weed a row of new small crops and they will sometimes double in size in just a few days. Weeding = food!
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!