CSA Week 22: Big Week, Small Haul

A very windy hello to all you lovely humans from a blustery morning on the farm!

I’m here with the news you’ve all been anxiously awaiting: did our tender baby crops survive these wild, chilly, snowy, October days we have been facing? Here’s the scoop!

Well, we started off the morning on Friday with a joyful, silly, finger freezing, snowy harvest of some of our vulnerable storage crops. We brought in about 300 lbs of winter radishes and almost 600 celeriac bulbs. These bubs, while hardy, can take on irreversible damage once temps dip below freezing. Meanwhile, our soldier storage crops who take stride in hard frosts stayed tucked beneath the soil to sweeten up before their harvest in a few weeks…carrots, parsnips, and rutabaga can handle super cold temps, as long as they are not “sustained” meaning overnight frosts are fine as long as the days warm above 32 degrees. As for our tender friends like lettuce, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, and chard – although tucked beneath row covers (even double covers!), met their end over the weekend. On the bright side, our spinach, kale, napa and turnips will still be around for this week and our cut greens like arugula and salad mix, might get a boost of regrowth for Thanksgiving share in these warmer days in the week ahead

No better way to enjoy the first snow of the season than by harvesting celeriac with the one you love!
Our sad, frost burned, wilty lettuce abundance that never got its chance to shine upon your turkey sandwich! 😦

So….to summarize….here’s what will be in your share:

  • Spinach
  • Kale or Napa Cabbage
  • Salad Turnips
  • Fennel leaf — sorry folks, didn’t die in the frost!!
  • Parsley
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Celeriac – new on the scene and possibly my favorite veggie – add to mashed potatoes and soups for a starchy/creamy addition with a delightful celery flavor pop!!
  • Butternut Squash
A very proud farmer and her very large rutabaga – roasting this baby tonight up with some brown butter for dinner!

While this weeks share is the smallest we’ve seen, know there are so many more delicious, hearty storage crops in your future. We are planning to really load you all up at the last distribution so get on through these veggies and clear some space for the final share on Nov. 21.

Speaking of last pick-up….if you have CSA boxes stashed away and have been waiting to return them, THIS IS THE WEEK. We need them and will use them for the final share haul for our full 90 member CSA family!

IN OTHER NEWS…

I’m not sure if you all have heard…but there’s an election this year…and the final day to vote is THIS WEEK…TOMORROW. If you haven’t yet, I urge you to get out there! If you are at the polls and are going to miss pick-up, fear not, we will hold your share for you until Wednesday – just please give us a call! We all know that the coming days are going to be so tough, filled with anxiety about the future of our country and the impending civil unrest following the results. Please take care of yourselves, take care of one another and for the love of taters, no matter what happens, keep fighting to make this world a better place – there is so much to be done and we’ve got to do it together. This beautiful community is an illustration of that – we have the strength in our numbers that says to the world – “hey we can create and support a food system that is better for our health and the health of the environment!” It works – we’ve just got to build these coalitions in the other parts of our lives and communities and be seen by the world around us. On that inspirational note, I’ll see you this week and will be here to listen to whatever might be coming up for you as we unpack all of this and, of course, to feed you some soul nourishing earthly splendors!

Thanks for being here –

❤ AL

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