Last Delivery of the Season
This season was probably the most difficult in our 16 years. We have had some drought years, some wet years, but none so wet as this year. Frankly, we had some doubts that we could make it to the end, but with planning & a great crew we were able to make it. We have the best crew we have ever had and they always went the extra mile to get the deliveries on course each week. Thanks to our crew; Lisa, Ali, Renee & Dory for a job well done this season.
This situation wasn’t unique to us, as other farmers were in similar circumstances, but with our CSA member support we have a sustainable farm despite incredible hardships during the year. Thanks to all CSA members for your support this season.
If you have any ideas for different veggies you would like to see next year, just send us an e-mail and we will look through our seed catalogs in January as we prepare our large seed order for 2012. Some veggies we had big plans for this season just didn’t materialize in large quantities due to the terrible growing conditions such as our usual staples of chard, kale, heirloom tomatoes, Chinese greens, radishes and beets. For some we had to split deliveries between the CSA drop offs, so your site may have gotten chard one week and another site had to wait another week for it. All in the all, it pretty much evens out by the end of the year. You probably have noted we have had a great Sweet Pepper Year! Perhaps we should tag 2011 as the year of the Sweet Pepper! A great idea if you have a stockpile of sweet peppers in addition to what you are receiving tonight is to clean them up, slice them and then freeze portions in small sandwich bags and use during the winter months.
We plan on working extending the round field for next year during the next few months before the snow comes and the ground freezes. We want to get the new field into production next year. This was planned for this year, but it was just too wet and we had a hard enough time maintaining our regular fields. Work will continue in the early spring on these projects as well as a few other projects we have planned.
Weather Report: Believe it or not another 1” of rain fell at the farm during the week. The temperatures have been on the warm side which has helped greatly with these past three weeks with the deliveries. The crops we had transplanted did grow well during this time and made it into the deliveries.
From the Fields: We had our Garlic Planting Trip to the Farm on Sunday. It was a glorious warm day. Unfortunately there was a poor turnout of CSA members so we were not able to get all the garlic planted as we usually do. Many were scared off by the prediction of cold temperatures but the day was just great! Farmer Sue made up a great campfire barbeque and we appreciated those of you who did come & help.
Animal Report – Unusually quite in animal land, but we don’t have to worry about anyone breaking into the fences now that the season is over.
More details will follow via e-mails - Save the Date!!
Thanks to all CSA members for your continued support.
Week of October 24th - 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.