Sunday, September 29, 2013

Catalpa Ridge News–Volume 18 No 17–Sept 30, 2013



October Begins !
As the days continue to get shorter and the temperatures cooler the autumn colors are beginning to show up. We actually thought that the leaves were much prettier at the farm than on our trip up to Saugerties on Saturday. We went up to the Garlic Festival to select some new varieties of garlic to plant for next year.
This week John continued to reclaim the upper field and it is shaping up nicely.

The girls picked the apples for the delivery at Hillcrest Farm on Friday. This was a good break from the farm doing something different. They will be returning again in a few weeks to pick the Yellow Delicious and Macoun varieties for the last deliveries.

Franklin Greenhouse Report:  The ginger will be harvested soon as well as celery. More eggplant are being harvested on a weekly basis but not enough to deliver to all sites, but over the next few weeks everyone should receive some eggplant.

From the Fields:   The winter greens are doing ok despite the dry weather. We have stored squash, potatoes and gourds and the pumpkins will be coming soon. We have Black Spanish Radishes on the horizon for harvest. They have a little longer season and we do hope they are ready for harvest before the end of our harvest year. Michael transplanted the last of the lettuce in the greenhouse and there is a good chance that they will be ready before the end of the season. The transplanted lettuce in the back field needs some irrigation. We hope to have turnips and radishes soon as well.
If you want to go Apple Picking, Hillcrest Farms in Frankford Township has Pick-Your-Own-Apples on Saturdays in Sundays throughout September and October. They are located at the corner of Plains Road & Davis Road. You can also visit their dairy cows, take a scenic hayride and they have great fresh apple cider & cider donuts. For more information call: 973.703.5148.

Animal report:  All quiet in animal land. The only activity has been a few squirrels hiding their hickory nuts in the back field for winter. They do like to take a few tastes of the tomatoes, but are not a huge problem at the moment. On a side-note the wild hickory nuts are huge this year. The squirrels are very happy with their hickory nuts this year.
Weather report: Apparently it has turned out very dry for the past week. We have been running water on the back field and it looks like no rain in site for this week. It looks like we’ll have to hook up the drip tape irrigation system which was disconnected when we planted the garlic. The morning temperatures are on the cold side, but is the best time to harvest the greens.

Fruit Report:
This week we have Cortland Apples from Hillcrest Farm. This great all-purpose apple was developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva in 1898. It was named for the nearby Cortland County, New York.

September 30th - 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.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Catalpa Ridge News–Volume 18 No 16 Sept 23, 2013



Great Trip to the Farm !
We had a great day at the farm on Saturday planting garlic with help from CSA members.

It was a gorgeous day, just the right temperature, and partly sunny. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day. We planted a lot of garlic, had a tour of the farm and finished with our famous campfire lunch. Many thanks to all who participated and we hope you enjoyed your visit!

Franklin Greenhouse Report:  On the horizon from the greenhouse for delivery are rosemary, celery, oriental greens, eggplant and ginger. The eggplant have slowed down with the cooler temperatures and shorter days.

From the Fields:   The fall crops are looking good and the turnips are starting to “turnip-up”. The transplants of lettuce will be planted this week and that will be the last planting of the season. The backfield greens are really nice and we have a great upcoming crop of chard. Our chard crop this year has not been nearly as productive as in past years. We have planted three different varieties and finally this latest crop is producing well. Our sunchoke patch is looking larger than ever and are almost in full-bloom.

Our late planting of squash and cucumbers probably will not produce for delivery. They have seemed to stop dead in their tracks with the cooler temps.

John has continued to work diligently on the upper field. We hope that by the end of the year it will be back in hay production.

The upcoming apple crops from Hillcrest Farms is looking good. They have many classic varieties. On a special note, if you want to go Apple Picking, Hillcrest Farms in Frankford Township has Pick-Your-Own-Apples on Saturdays in Sundays throughout September and October. They are located at the corner of Plains Road & Davis Road. You can also visit their dairy cows, take a scenic hayride and they have great fresh apple cider & cider donuts. For more information call: 973.703.5148.

Animal report:
All quiet in animal land. Since we have mowed down the brush the groundhog has decided to find greener pastures. There is a family of chipmunks in the greenhouse storing goodies for the winter. We did see the first woolly bear caterpillar at the farm on Saturday. Preliminary prediction of this particular woolly bear caterpillar is a mild winter as the center stripe is wide. Further reports will be forthcoming as the season progresses and more woolly bears are seen!

Weather report:
Another ½” of rain fell on Saturday evening which was needed. The temperatures have fallen and we feel that a frost will be coming Tuesday morning. We harvested the peppers, tomatoes, eggplant in the fields feeling that the frost is coming. The cool weather crops will be ok and they actually like the cold temperatures. The crops in the greenhouses are safe.

Fruit Report: This week are the last grapes of the year from Marjorie View Vineyard. The variety is Golden Muscat. They are extremely sweet, though they have seeds. We are looking forward to continuing to working with Paul next year for his grapes and he will have berries next year.We had a great day at the farm on Saturday planting garlic with help from CSA members.


September 23th - 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.
Recipe Links
Beth Haverim Shir Shalom Delivery
Hoboken Midtown Delivery
Hoboken West Delivery
United Synagogue of Hoboken

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Catalpa Ridge News–Volume 18 No 15–Sept 16, 2013

Trip to the Farm – Saturday !

It is the time of the year that we host a trip to the farm. During your visit we provide a delightful lunch made by Farmer Sue, a tour of the farm, and you will get an opportunity to help us plant some garlic. We usually only work for a few hours then break for lunch. It is a great Family activity where adults and children of all ages can help plant the garlic. We hope that the weather will cooperate, but if it is raining we will have to postpone the trip. Please RSVP so that we may send you directions and plan the food.

 

Franklin Greenhouse Report:  The Bok Choi was hit with an aphid attack, which was rather severe. Meanwhile the bed of previously harvested Oriental greens was pulled up to make room for another crop, if there is enough time to do so. The eggplant continues to do well. The Hawaiian Ginger is coming along nicely again this year. The rosemary is gorgeous and will be making its way into the deliveries.

 

From the Fields:   On Monday, Farmer John continued his brush-hogging project to reclaim the upper field. A hidden obstacle was hit and the steering line of the tractor was severed. He was able to get it back to the greenhouse so that he could work on it.  We called the Ford dealer and they do not make the part that we needed, which was a surprise as the tractor really isn’t that old. John was able to perform some creative repair and actually got the tractor back on track. We were then able to brush hog, till and put down the plastic for the upcoming garlic planting on Saturday.

All the previously seeded crops are enjoying this wonderful weather. We did thin some of the greens. Some baby chard should be on the delivery list for next week and we also hope that the turnip greens will be ready.

This is probably the height of the tomato season and you will find an abundance of heirloom and non-heirloom tomatoes in your delivery. When in doubt, make spaghetti sauce!

Fruit Report: It’s Apple time. Jonamac apples from Soones Orchards are the variety this week. There are many pick-your-own apple orchards around and the apple crop is actually quite good this year compared to last year.

 

Animal report:  A groundhog continues to roam the main field. So far it has eaten quite a bit of escarole and just a few nibbles of other crops. It actually prefers the tender weeds in between the beds which is a little embarrassing. 


Weather report: About ½” of rain fell during a torrential thunderstorm on Thursday. We needed the rain. There were reports of hail all around us and fortunately not on our fields.

Preparing the Garlic Beds:

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Help Plant Garlic

  • All CSA members are invited to help out early this year with planting garlic. We will also have another day scheduled in late October.
    Start Time: 11:00 am on September 21st
  • Planting Garlic is a great family activity & very easy!!
  • We’ll starting popping the garlic then proceed to the field to plant followed by mulching
  • We’ll break for a late lunch (around 2:30 pm) with Farmer Sue’s famous campfire recipes
  • Please RSVP so that we may plan lunch & refreshments

Upcoming Events

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Annual Garlic Gathering Olde Lafayette Village –
Route 94/15  Lafayette, NJ October 5th & 6th
11 am – 4 pm

 

Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival
Celebrating the best in Sussex County and Northern NJ Agritourism, Ecotourism and Heritage Tourism
October 12, 2013
Sussex County Fairgrounds
10am-4pm

Annual Heirloom Garlic Festival
Hoboken Historical Museum –
1301 Hudson Street
October 13th 1-5 pm
Farm Fresh Seasonal Produce for sale as well.

September 9th - 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.

- See more at: http://catalparidge.blogspot.com/#sthash.jCeToZWL.dpuf

rip to the Farm – September 21stclip_image002
Help Plant Garlic

  • All CSA members are invited to help out early this year with planting garlic. We will also have another day scheduled in late October.
    Start Time: 11:00 am on September 21st
  • Planting Garlic is a great family activity & very easy!!
  • We’ll starting popping the garlic then proceed to the field to plant followed by mulching
  • We’ll break for a late lunch (around 2:30 pm) with Farmer Sue’s famous campfire recipes
  • Please RSVP so that we may plan lunch & refreshments

Upcoming Events

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Annual Garlic Gathering Olde Lafayette Village –
Route 94/15  Lafayette, NJ October 5th & 6th
11 am – 4 pm

 

Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival
Celebrating the best in Sussex County and Northern NJ Agritourism, Ecotourism and Heritage Tourism
October 12, 2013
Sussex County Fairgrounds
10am-4pm

Annual Heirloom Garlic Festival
Hoboken Historical Museum –
1301 Hudson Street
October 13th 1-5 pm
Farm Fresh Seasonal Produce for sale as well.

September 9th - 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.

- See more at: http://catalparidge.blogspot.com/#sthash.jCeToZWL.dpuf

Trip to the Farm – September 21stclip_image002
Help Plant Garlic

  • All CSA members are invited to help out early this year with planting garlic. We will also have another day scheduled in late October.
    Start Time: 11:00 am on September 21st
  • Planting Garlic is a great family activity & very easy!!
  • We’ll starting popping the garlic then proceed to the field to plant followed by mulching
  • We’ll break for a late lunch (around 2:30 pm) with Farmer Sue’s famous campfire recipes
  • Please RSVP so that we may plan lunch & refreshments
September 16th - 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.