Tuesday, September 29, 2009

In the Share: Week 21

hakureis waiting to be harvested

TOMATOES (F/P) The last week of ripe tomatoes. Next week you'll get green ones.
JADE BEANS (F/P) The last week of these too. What a great harvest it was - 354 lbs. so far! Partial shares get a choice with okra.
BEETS OR KOHLRABI (F/P) Partials get a choice of turnips too.
HAKUREI TURNIPS (F) A beautiful crop of the raw treat.
SWISS CHARD (F/P) The chard has grown back gloriously from its summer cutting.
LETTUCE (F/P) One head for all. We're letting the rest grow until next week.
PARSLEY OR ARUGULA (F/P) Partials also have the choice of garlic.

ALSO THIS WEEK: Bread of Life Bakery delivery

NEXT WEEK: More lettuces, greens, turnips, broccoli and cauliflower. Sweet potatoes and more leeks. It might be time to harvest all the green summer fruits. We're watching the forecasts to see if a frost is coming. If so, we'll have green peppers, green tomatoes and baby eggplant. If not, they'll at least be green tomatoes and ripe peppers and eggplant.
THE FIELDS: Ah, autumn. Have I mentioned that I love fall. Yes, while all of you dear members are lamenting the end of the season, your farmers are thrilled! While, of course, we hate to see the fields empty we are looking forward to time to rest and replenish ourselves. To kick off the restful season we are looking forward to celebrating the harvest at the ...

FAIR SHARE FARM CSA END OF SEASON DINNER Saturday,October 24th, 5-7 pm

Mark your calendars now for the best potluck in town, awesome door prizes, activities for the kiddos and the chance to converse with your favorite farmers (ahem.) FSF CSA Social Coordinators Ann and Mark Flynn are getting the party started with an invite which will soon appear in your inboxes. They will be assigning potluck dishes, looking for door rizes and recruiting volunteers to help with set-up and break-down. Hope to see you all there!

But before we can celebrate, we've got a month of work to do. Right now our time is split between harvest and clean-up. We've begun dismantling the tomato trellising. Most of the cages are stacked back at the barn. As are the t-posts that supported the trellises for the paste and hybrid varieties. The heirlooms are all that remain, leaving their hybrid compadres in the dust.
This year we are really seeing the effects of our fertility management systems. Areas where we used the no-till method or turned under a lush cover crop before planting are really thriving. Here's our healthiest squash ever in a no-till bed:

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