2011 CSA Newsletter, Week 12-13 – Fall Crops

On the Farm

Fall has settled in to a beautiful September on the farm; many afternoons are drizzly or rainy, with a window of clear morning time to get out in the field and harvest.

Last week I finished the mowing and switched the tractor to shovels. I finished hilling up the potatoes and worked on hilling up the celery – we have a nice looking crop we will pick for the last weeks. I then switched to digging and we dug the first row of potatoes. This week everyone got some of the huge fingerling potatoes called  ‘Kipfel’ – they were amazingly productive… slice in two, coat with olive oil and bake! We also dug purple vikings and yellow finns which we will have next week.

This week we dug the first Shallots – these aren’t quite ‘finished’ or cured for storage, but they are still delicious. We will have more in the final weeks. Next week we will have leeks for everyone, so look up a potato leek soup recipe. We will also pick more winter squash this week and for the final weeks – since we may not have a freeze before the final delivery, the winter squash we pick may not be completely ripe – in any case, winter squash is best after storing for a few weeks in a cool spot – a kitchen counter or pantry shelf.

The fall carrots look great, and the Delectable sweet corn is finally ready this week! We picked some this week and will have even more next week, then possibly some the following week. Eggplants, peppers and tomatoes continue coming in strong.

This week we picked salad mix, but the remaining patch is looking a little rough with spots on some of the leaves – meaning this may be the last of the salad mix. We should have cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes for a while still.

In The Box

This week:

Salad Mix
Sweet/Colored Bell Peppers
HOT Cayenne peppers (full)
Kale (full)
Savoy Cabbage (farm members next week)

Fruit: Gala & Honeycrisp Apples, Peaches

Last Week:

carrots, red onions, romanesco, broccoli, eggplant, artichokes, cucumbers, squash, chard, kale, tomatoes, peppers – green bartlett pears, akami apples

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