CSA Week 16: First Frost at Summer’s End

Hello All!

I hope you are embracing the day full of sunshine as tomorrow we officially salute and open our hearts to the autumnal equinox. While the changing seasons are typically a somewhat stressful time on the farm I must remind myself to make space to honor the incredible array of emotions that come with them. There are such memories both sad and beautiful connected to the smells of the air, the colors of the foliage, and the shortening days. I feel so grateful to have lived in regions that experience the 4 seasons my entire life – while the winter months can be dark and cold and the summer ones exhausting, the change inspires reflection and rest and provides spaces to bid grievances adieu and hope for the new horizon ahead. Hope is something we need now more than ever, and I wish that for all of us, we not only hold on to the hope we have but set it on fire with action and love for each other and the life of our democracy as this important season rolls forward. It’s something I’m working to evoke everyday so as you enjoy your veggies this week I ask you take a moment of gratitude for the gift of impact we have and start a conversation with yourself or your family and friends about how we can turn our deepest hopes into real action.

Here’s some of the food you might ponder over:

  • Last of the TOMATOES!
  • Green tomatoes
  • Last of the SUMMER SQUASH or Eggplant (maybe the last!)
  • Sweet Peppers and Green Peppers
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Poblano Peppers
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Scallions
  • Beets
  • Chard
  • Arugula or Lettuce
  • Braising Greens
  • Spinach
  • Cilantro/Dill/Parsley/Fennel Leaf
  • Salad Turnips
Hoping you all enjoyed your basil last week – always the first to go when the early frost rolls in!. Farewell friend!

A NOTE ON TOMATOES

For real for real this time guys – I think it’s the end of the tomatoes! We did get our first frost this weekend. With the combination of that, our upcoming vacation this weekend, and the autumnal equinox, it seems a fit for us to let go of the summer crop that fed us so abundantly this season. SO we took a big harvest in last Friday before the frost. We harvested all tomatoes that had ANY color on them as opposed to our “only the ripest” picking for CSA. This means there will be an array of ripeness in your share. If your “colored” tomatoes are looking a bit green, just stick them in a sunny spot in the kitchen and they will ripen flawlessly in a few days. In addition to your blushing tomatoes, you will also be getting a small haul of green tomatoes – great for frying and pickling! Only two weeks of these guys in the plan so use accordingly!

SPECS ON PEPS

This week and in weeks prior, you are/have been getting, and array of different peppers. I’d love to provide some clarity for folks still working out the differences.

  • Top Left: Jalapeno and Jaloro Peppers. HOT – good for salsa, pickling, sauces etc.
  • Center: Sweet Bells. Perfect raw, added to stir fry, used in SHAKSHUKA and chili.
  • Top Right: Green Bell. These are simply milder, unripe sweet peppers. Good for stuffing & sautee!
  • Bottom Right: Shishitos. Mild BUT 1 in 12 is spicy! Pan fry whole until blistered, add lime juice/salt/tajin and eat off the stem as a perfect tapas offering or side dish.
  • Bottom Left: Poblano. Mild but flavorful. Roast, stuff, coat and fry for CHILI RELLENOS

FALL FAILINGS

While we’re feeling mostly great about the fall crop forecast we have had a a failure or two swoop in. Our fall cabbage has taken a big hit from cabbage moth damage. Something we could have combated with row cover but thought wise to avoid at it’s planting due to the sweltering summer heat. Sort of a damned if you do, damned if you don’t scenario. Fingers crossed for some PROTEKNET in our future – which is an ultra light weight (and ultra expensive) insect protection cover for summer time. We’re gonna keep it in the field and see if we can’t find a miracle head or two to pop up!

Totally wrecked by the infamous very hungry caterpillars.

LAST BITS AND BOBS

If you have any news or adjustments for next week’s share let me know before Friday of this week as we will be out and offline on our escape to the White Mountains for the weekend and will not be back on farm until next Tuesday. Volunteer Saturdays are officially wrapped until further notice- perhaps we’ll put a call out to for some end of year clean up help. Some things for the future will include a final date decision for the Thanksgiving share pick-up and a member appreciation gathering before the end of October!

Sending lots of love to you all.

Thanks for being here!

❤ A&L

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