In your share this week:
- Red Norland Potatoes - please excuse the dirt, trust me - they are so much cleaner than when we originally dug them out of the MUD on Friday and Saturday
- Dove Melons - see last week's newsletter for instructions to determine if they are fully ripe enough to eat
- Tomaotes - just enough for Jackson this week
- Carrots - again, please excuse the dirt and less than perfect bunches. We were working in a rain storm and that's how things go some days
- Leeks - no, not scallions. The leeks are on the small side this year, that's all the bigger they grew, but they taste just like a big leak you are more accustomed to seeing
- Dino Kale
Not much to show for all the hard work and long days we've put in since last Wednesday. The last of the potatoes are dug, cleaned up and in our basement storage area. This was a BIG project. DIgging took longer because of the wet soil conditions which then created 2 follow up days of workshares helping clean off buckets and buckets full of muddy potatoes instead of harvesting other foods. But this is behind us now and I'm so very grateful for those who came to help in trying weather conditions.
And the weather continued to challenge us all this week, but mostly just slowing us down on harvest mornings. I'm SO HAPPY to say that nothing yet has frozen off and completely died. We continue our daily routine of row covers and heaters in all 7 greenhouses. Foods in the greenhouses are holding in there. Foods outside are probably done for the season, unless we get another streak of warm weather. I'm still holding out hope for that last stretch of Indian Summer we sometimes get in October. Work with me here Mother Nature!
And this farmer girl even had to take a sick day. So, there's that too. Too much stress and a lot of work in the cold outdoors for several days finally got to me. Self imposed rest days are hard for me because I know how short the season is and how just a little bit more work would make a big difference.
So, your share is a little less than we'd originally planned, but it's still pretty dang awesome when you consider that other CSA's in the area ended their season the last week of September. AND we still have a lot of great food to come your way! When will the season end? Well, I'm thinking we will try to go at least another 2 or 3 weeks? We still have garlic to plant and enough cold weather greens and root crops for go for a couple of weeks. I'll be asking for some help to pull off this off, and maybe even offering up some good bribes. We are watching the weather closely and will give this our best shot. MUCH THANKS to our Workshares who are helping us, some even coming to help dressed in snow pants, boots, and multiple layers of clothing! Really, you should join us! Even if just to take a selfie to brag to all your friends.
Have a great week and ENJOY this hard worked for share of veggies!