Week 15

Oh, hey!  This tiny little frog surprised me in the chard one day last week.

Oh, hey! This tiny little frog surprised me in the chard one day last week.

Hi all, Alli here.

Happy Labor Day!  I hope you all had some time off and fun picnics with family and friends.  It’s always nice to have this ‘end of summer’ holiday, although it isn’t quite the end of summer just yet, especially with temperatures in the 90s the next couple days.  It seems, as of now, that there’s the potential for some rain this Thursday, so we’ll see if our crops get some of that water they are craving!  We do see signs of fall fast approaching though, with a break in the heat coming later this week and the sun setting earlier and earlier each day, not to mention that the fall greens and roots are growing like crazy!  It’s nice to have some overlap now of those with the summer veggies (which are definitely slowing down a bit).  Ahhh, September…what a great month!
The winter squash harvest has started!  This Red Kuri variety was the first one to be ready, and it's currently curing in our greenhouse so it'll be ready for you later on in the season.

The winter squash harvest has started! This Red Kuri variety was the first one to be ready, and it’s currently curing in our greenhouse so it’ll be ready for you later on in the season.

I even had a brief chance to sneak away from the farm this weekend and attend a fabulous wedding in Ohio for some of my college friends.  It’s trips like these that sometimes serve to remind me what an interesting little bubble the Hudson Valley is, especially in terms of the food and farm culture here.  Quite a few of the people I talked to were shocked to meet someone who was a farmer, and they were extremely curious to find out more about organic farming, what we grew, and where we sold it, most of them hearing about a CSA for the first time.  Here in the Hudson Valley, there are so many different kinds of farmers, so many different CSA farms, and so many fabulous market customers and CSA members.  This means it is sometimes easy to forget that, in many places, there is neither demand for nor access to a diversity of fresh, organic, or locally grown foods.  I was in rural Ohio, and I drove past plenty of farmland, but it was just countless huge, flat fields of corn and soybeans.  Alison and I often think about how lucky we are to have the opportunity to live here in Gardiner and grow this type of food for so many people who really appreciate it, and it’s great to have that reaffirmed sometimes.  So thank you all, truly, for demanding good, clean food and for supporting the farms and farmers who grow it.

One of our favorite times on the farm.

One of our favorite times on the farm.

That being said, here are the veggies we have for you this week!

Beet Greens

Arugula
Bok Choy 
Lettuce
Carrots
Leeks
Kale/Chard (kale definitely doesn’t love the heat, which is why there isn’t quite enough to go around right now, but we’ll see it start to come back more and more in the coming weeks as the days cool off)
Sweet and Hot Peppers
Tomatoes (which you will notice have slowed down quite a bit this week–there are many green fruits still on the plants, but they seem to be taking their sweet time ripening)
Cherry Tomatoes
Garlic 
Tomatillos or Shishito Peppers

Okra (which seems to be enjoying this heat quite a bit…we are growing a different variety this year, and its productivity is out of control!  We’re getting far more than we could have expected from the same amount of plants.  So for those of you who just aren’t okra lovers, please be sure to place your quantity in the swap basket for those who are!)

…and likely some other surprises, too!

But of course it’s probably no surprise by now that I want to share some recipes from my favorite food blog with you!  These look yummmmmy, and even though they have more ingredients/are slightly more work than the recipes I usually like to post, I’m sure you won’t regret making either of them!

For your bok choy:

We were testing out this beautiful red variety of bok choy this time around, so there might be just a few lucky ones to choose from in the bin!

We were testing out this beautiful ‘red’ variety of bok choy this time around, so there might be just a few lucky ones to choose from in the bin!

For your tomatoes:

http://dishingupthedirt.com/recipes/pizza/heirloom-tomato-pie-with-almond-flour-crust-creamy-cashew-herb-filling/

Enjoy, and have a great week everyone!
These Long Island Cheese Pumpkins are huge and should be ready for harvest within a few weeks!

These Long Island Cheese Pumpkins are huge and should be ready for harvest within a few weeks!

A sea of huge broccoli plants that we're still hoping will actually give us broccoli this year!

A sea of huge broccoli plants that we’re still hoping will actually give us broccoli this year!  It’s sometimes strange to me how many of the vegetables that are the most difficult to grow have become some of the most common, staple vegetables.  Come onnnn, broccoli, you can do it!  

And, of course, some more flowers to send you on your way!  :)

And, of course, some more flowers to send you on your way! 🙂

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