Tuesday, October 6, 2015
In the Share - Week 22
O'HENRY SWEET POTATOES F/P We love these sweet buttery beauties.
BROCCOLI F A short harvest this time around. We will get some to the partials next week.
LETTUCE P So, we had a little break-in with a deer last week, hence the paltry supply of lettuce. We have the area they didn't find well-covered now and hope to have more lettuce for you all before the end of the season.
SMALL CABBAGE F Read all about our stellar fall cabbage crop below.
BOK CHOY F I recommend stir-fry with the hakureis.
SWEET PEPPER F/P Cooler temperatures means less ripening, so expect more green and purple ones from now on.
EGGPLANT or BEETS F/P The first of the fall beets (no tops, just roots) and nearing the end of the eggplant.
HAKUREI TURNIPS F/P Salad turnips that we rarely cook and instead prefer straight out of the field. Exception: stir-fry with bok choy.
TOMATOES F/P The end of tomato season is coming soon, but here's a few more.
HERB CHOICE F Sage, cilantro, dill or hot peppers
NEXT WEEK: Sweet potatoes, carrots (finally!), tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, garlic, broccoli, lettuce, greens and herbs.
The small cabbages that are in the full shares this week are the best of the fall crop. Our favorite fall vegetable, the one we hope to depend on for income in our old age, failed. At the time that we planted them we knew we were taking a risk. We had waited as long as we could before preparing the soil for planting. After the seemingly never-ending rain, we didn't know if we would have another chance. We ended up with cloddy soil, but we were able to get the plants in and thought the transplants would be able to handle it. Two months later it is clear that no such handling took place. A good half-acre of crop including cauliflower, broccoli, turnips and radishes- is a bust. Luckily we planted in other areas after the soil conditions had improved so that we have enough of other crops to get us through the end of the CSA season.
On a brighter note, we put the roof back on the high tunnel this week. It was a team effort and a success. See Tom's post for a view from the top.