Summer Shares Week 14!
Another pretty Monday to start off the week this week. We have gotten lucky with the weather so far this fall. Nothing better than starting work in a sweatshirt only to have to take it off an hour or so later after you get too hot. The fields have been holding up pretty well to the cooling nights, and we’re expecting another full basket this week. Coming up on the last two weeks of the year, reflection on the past season starts to become a little more clear. While it was not the best year for growing, not just for us, but for almost every farmer I’ve spoken to this year, I have been proud of our crew for sticking it out and picking the best we could given the circumstances. Not every crop came in how we would have liked it. Our bok choy in the spring was decimated by flee beetles, and the fall planting matured differently and smaller than we would have liked it. A lot of crops looked promising as we began harvesting them, only to have them fizzle out quickly as the rainy July beat down the leaves and washed away nutrients in the soil. Fennel and summer squash come to mind. At the same time, we can’t focus too heavily on what went wrong, and keep in mind the major successes we had this year. Our beans had a great few weeks of harvesting. The eggplant and peppers have probably had the most productive year I have seen so far. Just today I harvested more red, yellow, and orange peppers in one day than I did all season last year. Tomatoes and cherry tomatoes took their time to ripen up, but once they did they were–and are–abundant in shares. Aside from a few weeks in the middle of the season, Nolan, Sarah, and I have all been proud of the baskets we were able to put together this year, and we still have a couple more to go! Not to mention fall shares, which every one should run out and sign up for now. We have a few left and just picked up our potato order for the shares. Just think, in a few short weeks you could be buried with carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, onions, and many more to use through the winter.
Lastly, because this is the second to last week of summer shares, ALL DELIVERY BASKETS WILL RECEIVE PAPER BAGS THIS WEEK We hope you receive this message 😉
Carrots are going into shares this week. We are finishing up our beds of multi color carrots and will come in purple, yellow, white, orange, and red. Cherry Tomatoes have been going gangbusters in our greenhouse and will be in every share. Eggplant is seeing a pretty sharp drop in production, but all members ought to receive eggplant in some form (Italian, Asian, or Fairy Tale). Garlic is an every week item. Lettuce Heads this week will be a red butter head variety. Still a little on the smaller side, but they look beautiful in the field. Yellow Onions are back in shares. They will be a little smaller than you’ve gotten used to, but we will be passing them out by weight. I was wrong when I said last week was the week of the sweet pepper. This is the week of the Sweet Pepper. We have sweet italian frying peppers in yellow and red, and a plethora of snacking peppers in yellow, orange, and red. All members will receive both. We just got our order of fall Potatoes and have been ordering enough to pass out to the last two weeks of summer shares, as well. This week will be red skinned potatoes. Tomatoes have started to show signs of a slow down, but will still make it to all baskets.
Unfortunately our winter squash just could not stand up to the pounding rain this summer. Typically the last two-to-four weeks of the season would get a winter squash in their basket, but we will not be able to do that again this year as we save them for the fall shares. We are trying to keep the baskets nice and full despite the missing squash.
The Specialty Greens share this week will be receiving Baby Kale and the Herb Share will receive Cilantro. Baby kale will be available in the farm store. It has been a crappy year for herbs for us, and we haven’t had the rotation we would have liked. Cilantro will go to all herb share members, but it might be a smaller bunch than we would normally pass out. We want to get it out so that members have a chance to make salsa with their tomatoes.
This weeks shares will go out: Tuesday 9/21 & Wednesday 9/22
Pick up is in the barn anytime after 3:30pm
Some veggies may come with limited pest damage. We are committed to operating as a 100% Spray and Pesticide Free farm, and one of the results of that is occasional pest problems. Typically the extent of the damage is small holes nibbled by insects, and we will never pass out vegetables that have lost their nutritional integrity due to pest damage. We hope you will understand!
A ? signifies a crop that we pass out over a couple of weeks. This could be because it is just starting to come in and is not yet producing enough to pass out to everyone in the same week, or because the crop produces smaller amounts over an extended period of time (like in the case with broccoli). We make sure that everyone receives an equal share, even if it is passed out over a few weeks. If we do not pass out a crop to every basket on a share day, we make note where we left off and resume in that spot the following week.
What to Expect Week 14:
Eggplant (Fairy tale, Italian, or Japanese)
Peppers (Bell, Frying, Snack size, & Jalapeno)
Chard Share: 15 Week Share Only
Kale Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Herb Share: Cilantro
Specialty Greens: Baby Kale
Egg Share: 15 Week Share Only
Coffee Share: 15 Week Share Only
Bread Share: Cornmeal Pumpkin (The Best!)
Anticipated Basket Week 15 (Subject to Change):
Chard Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Kale Share: 15 Week Share
Herb Share: Parsley
Speciality Greens: Brassica Mix
Egg Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Coffee Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Lettuce Mix Share