Fall Shares Week 7!
It’s hard to believe, but there are just two more weeks of fall shares before our CSA takes a hiatus for the winter. I am still in the fields and greenhouses regularly, and we’ll have a crew in tomorrow and Wednesday to take care of harvest and finish up the last of our big closing tasks–lopping the asparagus. After that, we’ll have a couple people in next Tuesday to pack the last week of shares and part ways til the spring. Over the winter I keep up with the greenhouses and make sure the weeds don’t take over. Pretty much all of the beds are full with veggies that will produce through the winter and into the spring. A fair number of our spring share crops are actually transplanted in the fall. It’s kind of cool to pick chard in May that was seeded all the way back in September. Winter and spring greenhouses are probably my favorite part of the farm. I love that you have to be more selective with the crops and varieties you grow, and the semi-controlled environment really lets you hone in on your technique. We are planning on keeping our barn store open throughout the winter for the first time this year, and my hope is to be able to include greens from the greenhouses in the middle of winter (that also happens to be when they are at their tastiest!). At the very least the store will be kept full of eggs, milk, fresh baked bread, ice cream, and any root veggies left over from fall shares. Keep an eye out on the newsletter for updates.
ALL DELIVERY SHARES: Members will be receiving the shares in bags this week since it is the second to last week of shares. For ease of our delivery drivers, your bag will be in basket. When you pick up, please just take the bag and leave both this weeks and last weeks basket so that we can collect them all next week. Thank you!
ALL ON FARM PICKUP MEMBERS: If you are picking up in the barn, we are asking all members to make their best effort to pick up shares as close to 3:30 on Tuesday as possible. We have been dealing with pest issues in our barn, and would like to keep shares from sitting in the open. If you are absolutely unable to make it on Tuesday afternoon or evening, please let me know and we will put your share in the walk-in.
Shares this week will have Carrots and Beets. It was a pretty lousy beet year for us this year, so we are including carrots this week as well. They are small, but everyone should get a decent amount of beets. I like to boil the smaller ones whole and use them in salads. The farmers’ favorite,Celeriac, will be in shares this week. I love this vegetable! I recently made celeriac mashed potatoes and they were phenomenal. Garlic is an every week occurrence. Onions are cycling back into shares. Potatoes are going out for a second week in a row. We have enough potatoes to pass out for two more weeks, and sweet potatoes for one more week. We figured we would rather wait a week on the sweets and pass out both sweet potatoes and potatoes in shares next week in preparation for Thanksgiving. Winter Squash is going to go out again to shares.
This weeks shares will go out: Tuesday 11/16 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 7: Beets Carrots Celeriac Garlic Onions Potatoes Winter Squash
Egg Share: 8 Week Share + 4 Week Share Bread Share: Red Pepper Cheddar
Anticipated Basket Week 8 (subject to change): Cabbage Carrots Leeks Garlic Onions Potatoes Shallots Sweet Potatoes