This coming weekend will be the 11th Annual Garlic Gathering at Olde Lafayette Village. Make a trip up to Lafayette for two stinkin’ days of fun. This event is then followed by a Garlic Fest on the 14th at the Hoboken Historical Museum. See the upcoming events at the end of the newsletter for addresses & times.
We did go up to the Saugerties this past weekend to pick up a few new varieties of garlic to plant. Also a reminder that the Trip of the Farm is on October 20th and we will be planting the garlic for next year’s harvest. Please RSVP so that we may plan on refreshments and lunch.
We have been tilling up the fields and planted the cover crop of rye and the rye is now up. The crew continues to clean up the fields and plan on plowing up the fields to prepare for next season.
Franklin Greenhouse Report: The ginger is almost ready to be harvested. There also is a nice crop of stevia and rosemary yet to be harvested. We also have a nice crop of mixed hot peppers yet to be harvested from the greenhouse. The seeded microgreens are doing well.
From the Fields: The field crops are winding down. The collards, leeks, sunchokes and other cold weather crops will be starting to show up in the next few weeks. This late in the season no new crops are being planted.
Fruit Report – The apple variety in your delivery this week is the Macoun. The Macoun apple is a cross between McIntosh and Jersey Black. It was developed at the New York Agricultural Experiment Station in the late 1920’s. It is one of the larger apples that we have delivered. It is extra sweet apple, very juicy and great for snacking, making sauce or making a nice fruit salad.
Weather Report: We had a few periods of rain this week. The temperatures are cooler of course this time of year, but not unseasonable. The fields are staying a bit on the wet side which may cause some problems, though we are looking for some drier weather this week which will help out. There was a scattered light frost at the beginning of the week. Fortunately no crops were damaged by this frost. Crops that are the most vulnerable this time of year to frost are the peppers, beans, eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes. We still have many semi-hardy crops in the fields that tolerate light frost, such as chard, beets and carrots. Crops that tolerate a hard frost include kale, collards, mustard greens and radishes.
Animal report: Farmer Matt planted a small patch of corn for popcorn for our CSA deliveries. We thought it would be a nice addition for a late season delivery. The bears decided that this popcorn was quite tasty as well as his crop of Silver Queen sweet corn. The bears just love corn and are somewhat comical in that they just lay in the corn field with their arms extended to scoop in all that they can!
Annual Garlic Fest – Hoboken Historical Museum – 1301 Hudson Street
October 14th 1-5 pm
Week of October 2nd - 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.