Group A this week! AND MEMBER GATHERING AT YOUR CSA PICK-UP! CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL INVITE/RSVP
I’m happy to report we made it through our first frost unscathed and were lucky to bring a healthy haul to our first market of October. This week we’ll be bringing lots of greens to your plates fresh and cooking – sure to get those guts moving and giving us mountains of nourishment to sustain us for the colder months ahead. I know it can feel like a lot so I’m linking up the CSA Coalition resources to help you out – and always remember, it’s totally fine to throw your hearty greens in the freezer for winter soups and smoothies! Here’s what you can plan on:
- Lettuce Mix
- Braising Mix
- Baby Beets/Baby Carrots
- Winter Radish
Last week was front-loaded with our winter squash harvest on Monday – we hauled in 4 100 ft. beds worth of Butternut, Spaghetti, Kobocha, and Pie Pumpkins. For now, they’re nestled up in our high tunnel, curing for two weeks and then they’ll be in your shares!
A Brief Brassica Update: With only a few more weeks to go in the season we’re keeping a close eye on the crops we’re hoping to have for you in the coming weeks – and at the end of November for the Thanksgiving share. We’re happy to say most things are growing well – although still slow on some fronts. The kale that fell behind this summer is finally ready to go, but it’s tough to say for some of our other fall brassicas: cabbage, broccoli, and kohlrabi. It’s really tough to watch your fellow farmer friends harvesting big beautiful fall cabbages all around you, only to see a few in your field just starting to head-up. This is a slipper slope as each farm is so different and has it’s triumphs and struggles every season. So, we’re continuing to take it day by day and have gratitude for the bounty this season has already provided us – but still keeping our fingers crossed 😉
What’s up with all the babies? This is a question that keeps coming up for me – as close friends are starting to grow their adorable little families and as I wander into the fields to check on our carrots and beets! We planted carrots back in July that were due to be harvested full-size for you this fall. However, somewhere between not enough water and too much compost, they’ve fallen short (literally) of our expectations. But their time is up and they’ve got to come out – so they’ll be on your plates this week as snacks or as roasted treats. You tell us how you best enjoyed them! Coincidentally, our beets are dragging their feet a bit too. However, they are just needing some space to grow. To make the room for that, we’ve got to harvest some (we call this “thinning”). Once we pull some out at this small size stage, their neighbors will plump up to full size beets for the weeks ahead!
As for us: We’re continuing to enjoy the slow down – making the most of the drearier days by playing record keeping catch up and next season notes with warm furry friends upon our laps.
I’ve also taken the frost and colder temps as an opportunity to do some of the drying and processing I’ve had on my radar! I’m hoping to make a garland for our Christmas tree this year with last flowers from this season.
Another reminder that the MEMBER APPRECIATION GATHERING is THIS WEEK at YOUR GIVEN PICK-UP LOCATION! I made some killer vegetarian chili so please give yourself a few extra minutes to enjoy some and chat with your farmers and fellow members! HERE’S THE OFFICIAL INVITE TO RSVP