Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Catalpa Ridge News–Volume 16 No 12–Week of August 29th

Hurricane Irene

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Needless to say, Hurricane Irene has created havoc all the way up to the farm in Sussex County. We hope that all of our CSA members are safe with minimal damage, but listening to the reports in the area know that there is a great deal of damage and flooding.

We lost our upper greenhouse (the heated greenhouse) due to the high winds which came after the heavy rains. Farmer Rich will get it recovered toward the end of the week. Also two in our crew have had serious damage to their homes and were unable to work on Monday having to clean up at their homes. Everyone is safe and no one got hurt.

I am still staying with my Mom & Dad in Ramsey due to my Dad's illness as we have been without the hospice aides due to the weather so are managing on our own. Things are status quo and we continue to keep my Dad comfortable.

Unfortunately, the Heirloom Tomato Tasting had to be cancelled. We look forward to the Garlic Fest at the Hoboken Historical Museum in October. Fortunately all the garlic was already harvested and drying in the middle greenhouse which did not get damaged. Had it been in the upper greenhouse the whole crop would have been lost and probably scattered out over Sussex County by the high winds.

From the Fields: Ongoing projects with planting and transplanting continued during the week. When the news hit about the impending hurricane, Farmer Rich switched his focus to get a plan together to harvest early as Sunday was going to be a “wash out”. The crew worked diligently all day Friday & Saturday to get the CSA deliveries harvested and separated by delivery site as the forecast keep looking grimmer each passing hour. Monday was a challenge to even get to the farm as many areas were flooded or had downed trees & wires. Once to the farm, Rich took about 1 ½ hours to get to Scotts where the delivery was stored in the cooler. This is normally a 10-15 minute ride. He then had the challenge to start heading south to Bergen County to make the first delivery to Mahwah. Though a challenge he did make is safely, abit late, but safe. Our next challenge is to make it into Hudson County for the Jersey City & Hoboken deliveries. Everyone was e-mailed regarding delivery time changes at Holly’s Midtown dropoff and Jennifer/Kristen’s West drop off.

Weather Report: We had reported last week as week of rain – NOW we got hit with the hurricane which we didn’t need. Excessive rain is causing crop damage.

Fruit Report – The apples (Red Free variety) are from Windy Brow Farm.

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· October 1st & 2nd 9th Annual Garlic Gathering @ Olde Lafayette Village 10 am - 4 pm Lafayette, NJ (Routes 94/15)

· October 16th 5th Annual Garlic Fest @ the Hoboken Historical Museum 1 pm - 5 pm 1301 Hudson Street – Hoboken, NJ

Week of August 29th  - Pick of the Week: click on the links below or to the right to bring you to the delivery specific to your pick-up location. Deliveries will be of similar variety & poundage, but may contain different items at anytime during the season. Occasionally, some crops are ready to harvest but not enough to deliver to all our drop-off locations. What we do is start to filter them in each week to a different drop-off until there is enough to delivery to everyone.

Monday, August 29, 2011

CSA Delivery Update for Post-Hurricane Irene

We do plan on delivering on Tuesday, but the Time-Frame for pickup may change as our area like yours has many road closures due to flooding and/or downed wires & trees.

Needless to say, Hurricane Irene has created havoc all the way up to the farm in Sussex county. Hope that all of our CSA members are safe with minimal damage, but listening to the reports in the area know that there is a great deal of damage and flooding. We lost our upper greenhouse (the heated greenhouse) due to the high winds which came after the heavy rains. Two in our crew have had serious damage to their homes. I am still staying with my Mom & Dad in Ramsey due to my Dad’s illness as we have been without the hospice aides due to the weather so are managing on our own.

The delivery is harvested and ready to go but will probably have to change drop-off & pick-up times at each of our delivery sites. We’ll keep you posted. Look for e-mail updates during the day on Monday and Tuesday a.m.

Stay safe & dry and hopefully our plan for Tuesday delivery will work out.
--Sue

Monday, August 22, 2011

Catalpa Ridge News–Vol 16 No 11–Week of August 22nd

Abbreviated News this week…

My Dad (Farmer Sue) continues to decline and I apologize for no newsletter last week but know you understand the circumstances. I appreciated the e-mails I received from many of you.

I am staying with my Mom & Dad in Ramsey and we have him on Hospice. At this point, I continue to be the primary care giver and I haven’t been home to see Farmer Rich for over a week but check in with him several times a day. I look forward to seeing him today after the CSA delivery to Mahwah. My sister is recovering from her heart attack and is looking better each day. The “double wammy” of both my Dad & sister was quite a shock, but we are a close family with a lot of love to go around!

Needless to say, Farmer Rich is upset as well as he has being part of my family for over 31 years and truly loves my Dad.

 
From the Fields: The news of the week from the farm starts out with that we received a lot of rain during the week along with some severe thunderstorms, high winds but fortunately no damaging hail. There were crop losses due to the excess rain but the new plantings are doing well.

The crew transplanted and seeded for the fall crops. The seeded Daikon radishes, turnips, beets, and Chinese greens from last week are all up. A new area where the fava greens were is now tilled up and ready to plant. We plan on planting beets, radishes and broccoli raab in this new area.

The late planting of cucumbers is excellent, which is probably the only positive thing that has happen in the last week and a half. The late planting of zucchini is doing ok despite the crows damaging ¾ of it. They just love to pull the plants up out of the ground to see what is underneath. Fortunately we overplant to off-set some crop losses. Farmer Rich mentioned that the transplanted broccoli is doing well.

The Chinese Cabbage that was transplanted last Monday by the crew has been totally demolished due to the heavy (5”) rain that we have received during the past week.

Weather Report: Rain-Rain-Rain… the heaviest was last Monday. It continued off & on during the week with another heavy storm (a deluge) Sunday night the 21st. Oh, the joys of farming – ugh!!

Animal report: All quiet except for the crows. Not only did they devastate the zucchini planting, they are eating the husk cherries and picking here and there on the tomatoes.

Fruit Report – The peaches are from Soon’s Orchard in Middletown, NY.

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Upcoming Events

· CANCELLED - August 28th – 12th Annual Heirloom Tomato Tasting @ the Hoboken Historical Museum – unfortunately due to Sue’s Dad illness, we have to cancel the Tomato Tasting

· October 1st & 2nd 9th Annual Garlic Gathering @ Olde Lafayette Village 10 am - 4 pm Lafayette, NJ (Routes 94/15)

· October 16th 5th Annual Garlic Fest @ the Hoboken Historical Museum 1 pm - 5 pm 1301 Hudson Street – Hoboken, NJ

Monday, August 08, 2011

Catalpa Ridge News–Volume 16 No 9 - Week of August 8th

1STPLA~1Blue Ribbons for the Crew

A total of 67 Blue Ribbons were awarded to the entries in the Open Vegetable Show by Ali, Lisa, Renee & Dory. Ali placed 2nd and Lisa 5th in the Vegetable show and 4th & 5th

respectively for their herb entries. Ali also won Best in Show for the Featured Vegetable Basket (Tomatoes) and Dinosaur Kale and Lisa won Best in Show for her entry of Cisneros Tomatillos.

Overall, the Blue Ribbons won: Ali 30, Lisa 24, Dory 9 and Renee 4.

The fair goes to Sunday the 14th. If you want to visit go to www.njstatefair.org to see a schedule for the daily events. If you do attend the fair, make sure you stop by the greenhouse to see the Vegetable Show and see the girls’ blue ribbon winners.

From the Fields: The seeded dill, cilantro, fava greens and Chinese mustard from last week are all up and growing. We got behind weed whacking the beds and worked all day Thursday to get them under control. Now we can see the plants. Also, the weeds got way ahead of us in the large greenhouse & round field to a point we were going to write-off the round field, but the crew realized it was our best looking tomato crop so they worked most of the day Saturday to get it cleaned up and back into production. Dora and Renee spent Sunday cleaning up the Chinese greens by thinning the beds, as they were planted a little too close. All the beds in the back field are now planted. Collards, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers and squash were planted as well as Brussels sprouts. All beds were filled for the remainder of the season.

Weather Report: Major rain fell on Saturday night with a total of 3” falling at the farm. It has been warm but not brutal so our work in the fields has been going on later in the day. One a good note, the pond is all filled up which gives us plenty of water for irrigation for the rest of the season if we need it. Another thunderstorm came through on Sunday evening which brought more rain, which was heavy at times.

Animal report: This week was all quiet for animal sightings, probably due in most part to the rain. As we have mentioned in previous newsletters when it gets dry is when we have problems with break-ins. Fortunately we have nothing to report for any animal troubles this week.

Corn Report – we have some great Locally Grown sweet corn (non-GMO) from Ideal Farms. It is a conventionally grown hybrid sweet corn variety. Best eaten TONIGHT as it will be its sweetest!

Fruit Report – The peaches are from Slate Hill again. They enjoy working with us for the fruit. We heard from Jim @ Windy Brow that they will have plums and nectarines available soon.

TECH NOTES - We have our OWN Community Toolbar that you can install in your Web Browser! Quick links to all our content: Newsletters, Harvest Identifiers, Facebook, Twitter, search, weather & more. Follow this link and then install http://jerseygrown.ourtoolbar.com/

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Upcoming Events

  • August 28th – 12th Annual Heirloom Tomato Tasting @ the Hoboken Historical Museum – 1 pm – 5 pm
  • October 1st & 2nd 9th Annual Garlic Gathering @ Olde Lafayette Village 10 am - 4 pm Lafayette, NJ (Routes 94/15)
  • October 16th 5th Annual Garlic Fest @ the Hoboken Historical Museum 1 pm - 5 pm 1301 Hudson Street – Hoboken, NJ

Week of August 8th  - Pick of the Week: click on the links below or to the right to bring you to the delivery specific to your pick-up location. Deliveries will be of similar variety & poundage, but may contain different items at anytime during the season. Occasionally, some crops are ready to harvest but not enough to deliver to all our drop-off locations. What we do is start to filter them in each week to a different drop-off until there is enough to delivery to everyone.