Tuesday, October 3, 2017
In the Share: Week 13
LETTUCE The first heads from the fall patch. Forellenshluss, the Austrian speckled romaine starts the season.
BEETS We were going to offer a choice with salad turnips, but alas the turnips are not that great. We'll supply some to the swap boxes for any extreme turnip lovers.
GREENS CHOICE Kale, chard or sprouting broccoli.
SWEET PEPPERS Good harvest of ripe sweeties!
POTATOES Desiree variety: pink outside, creamy yellow inside.
ONIONS Red ones
HERB CHOICE thyme or parsley.
IN TWO WEEKS: lettuce, greens, peppers, carrots, garlic and sweet potatoes.
Fall is my favorite time of year. The pressures of planting schedules are behind us and the weather is still warm enough to ripen peppers but cool enough for leafy greens.
A new fall tradition began last week with the first ever harvest of native grass seed on the Graff farm. While Tom and I manage the 20 acres of the vegetable farm, buildings and ponds, my father manages the other 260 acres. Back in 2012, he had the farm seeded with a mixture of native grasses and forbs. Unfortunately, 2012 was a drought year and much of the seed did not sprout. We followed the advice of conservationists, and over the last five years we have burned the grasses every Spring. Much of what was bare ground in 2012 is now covered by a beautiful blanket of Indian grass along with lots of wildflowers and other grasses. Not only do these prairie plants prevent soil erosion and provide habitat to wildlife, but the seed can be combined and sold to others who want to plant native grasses on their land. Our first harvest was over 10,000 lbs. of seed. Not too shabby!
Our newest member of the farm family, Sandy, has been adjusting to his new life on the farm. He went in to Lawson Animal Hospital for his first checkup and received his first round of vaccinations. They reckon he is about 5 months old and in good health. He joins us in the fields when the weather is nice but spends his night indoors for now. There is still much for him to learn about being a good farm cat and we hope that Mommakitty will provide him a mentor.