In your share this week:
- Swiss Chard
- Collard Greens - last of the season
- A small cucumber - last of the season
- Bronze Fennel
- Golden Beets
- Yukon Gold Potatoes
- Dove Melon - going to only some members, I'll have to start rotating this item to various pick up locations, hoping those still green on the vines will continue to ripen.
- Tomatoes* - green tomatoes for everyone, a few red ones going to Afton
- Head Cabbage - this crop did not grow well at all this year. A few of you will get a medium sized cabbage, most will get small ones, just because it's better than letting them not be used at all.
*It's very unlikely the tomatoes are going to ripen in the next few weeks, and the plants are either already dead or struggling each night that it freezes. So I've made the decision to start pulling up entire plants and salvage any non-frozen tomatoes that stand a chance of ripening at home on your counter top. Or, maybe you are one of those people who like fried green tomatoes or pickled/fermented green tomatoes, or any of the other recipes that call for a green tomato. Now is your time to experiment, or be patient for the green beauties to ripen.
Our great news of the week is that our garlic is planted! Garlic planting is a big job and has taken us several days to complete in previous years. It all depends on weather and soil conditions. In this case, we fretted and worried about the soil ever drying out enough for the ground to be tilled and prepared for planting. Shain knew he couldn't do the tilling himself this fall so he asked me to schedule a farmer/cowboy we know with a low impact riding tractor and tiller attachment (for small farms like ours) so we could be sure not to miss the first window of opportunity. In fact, in our anxiety not to be delayed any longer into the fall, we arranged for him to be here maybe a little earlier than he'd like to have come (he wasn't happy about having to hand pick all the mud caked under his tiller blades) but the tilling job was done on Friday and then the GROUND WAS PERFECT FOR GARLIC PLANTING! So perfect that we were able to get 9 rows planted in just 4 hours on Saturday morning. This is the quickest and best garlic planting I can remember. We are so grateful to a wonderful crew of helpers that came to help us! What a huge relief!
It's hard seeing crops die off now that the nights are getting really cold. We had a deep freeze Sunday night that took it's toll on some of our most sensitive crops. Now I look around the farm and take what we can, what's still alive and looking good, and then schedule out the root crops to fill in the gaps of our harvesting through the end of the season. Our last CSA delivery will be on Wednesday, October 25th. Even with the late start we got this year, we will have given 22 weeks of great foods for our 2017 season!
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!