Tuesday, September 16, 2008

At the farm - Week 19

In the Share: Week 19
SWEET POTATOES (F/P) A good crop this year.
LETTUCE (F/P) a small head for each share
CHOICE OF GREENS (F) Swiss Chard and Asian Greens.
HERB CHOICE (F/P) Basil or sage or a dried herb. Partial shares can take an herb or greens.

Also this week: Parker Farms meat & egg shares

Next Week: More radishes, turnips, lettuce, peppers and greens. Garlic and kohlrabi. Bread share delivery.

Farm report
I feel like a broken record, but I’ll say it anyway…it is darn soggy out here. Over the past week 5 ½ inches of rain fell at the farm on ground that was already pretty saturated. Luckily, our sloping fields are shedding the water fairly quickly. So far the only casualty is the arugula. It went from green and lush to day-glo and wilty. Interestingly, the asian greens that we seeded in the same bed handled the wet just fine. They’ve already been in the shares and will be again this week as a greens choice. After the last of the greenhouse plantings this summer, we decided to sow the leftover tat soi, bok choy, vitamin green and komatsuna directly in the fields. A new thing for us. We like them in salads or lightly stir-fried.

The Fall Equinox is Monday, September 22 and one of our favorite holidays. While we are always giddy for the spring to start and summer is our bread and butter, autumn brings us sanity. When the days shorten the crops (and the weeds) slow down allowing us to finally catch up. And while we work on catching-up the weather is extraordinary. The improved weather should allow us to dig the rest of the sweet potatoes this week. We’ll have help from the CSA crews and a class of Montessori middle-schoolers led by their teacher, ‘07 FSF apprentice, Libby Negus.

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