Turkey Hill CSA Newsletter
Week 13-17, 2007

From the farm:

The farm is slowly declining as we linger without our usual September freeze. Even without the frost, many crops have decided to give up for the year, including the chard, kale, summer squash.

We had a fantastic lightning storm the other day, accompanied by lots of rain. I learned something new when talking to a friend: lightning storms fix atmospheric nitrogen, giving free food to the soil and crops. i found an article online on the nitrogen cycle that mentions it, and they say:

Nitrogen fixation refers to the conversion of atmospheric nitrogen gas (N2) to ammonia (NH3) or nitrate (NO3). The latter is formed when lightning or sometimes cosmic radiation causes oxygen and nitrogen to react in the atmosphere.

Amazingly, salad greens that looked to small to ever harvest this year look noticeably larger after a long storm full of heavy rain and lots of nearby lightning. Its as if the entire field got fertilized.

Alert: We are having a little ‘end of the season’ gathering for farm workers and CSA customers. If you can make it (sorry about the last minute notice) THIS SUNDAY, September 23rd @ 3pm at the farm. Please bring a potluck dish and visit us at the farm on Powell Mesa (approx, 34833 Powell Mesa Rd).

Four weeks of the CSA remain; depending on harvest conditions, the last week may be a double box, (boxes 16 & 17) will come as one big box, with two weeks of items – since everything stores so well at this time of year anyway. On to the crops:


Here is what we will have for the next four weeks

Salad Mix – tender summer greens – still picking for CSA – will last a week or two more
Broccoli – fall broccoli is now coming in

Cauliflower – Orange (cheddar – delicious!) – some White, Purple too.
Carrots (last week)

Tomatoes – more & more until the freeze – if you get overloaded, throw these in a bag and freeze them in a freezer bag. Defrost and stew in winter (add some fresh herbs) for a great sauce.
Lots more Winter squash – so far we have picked acorns (and white and orange acorns) , dalacata, festival and sweet dumpling. Delacata (striped long ovals), Butternut (brown, pear shape), Buttercup and Blue Hubbard all look great this year. Leave these on the shelf for a few weeks for a sweeter flavor. A freeze (soon) will help sweeten up the rest of the crop.
Pumpkins – we will have enough for everyone to get at least a small pumpkin, which you can put on your table or bake in a pie.
Onions – Reds coming on strong (dry these out, they store very well), yellow storage onions ready at the very end.
Peppers – Until it freezes

Chard in extras

Fruit
Apples – Galas, Jonagold, Jonathan, Golden Delicious and others
Pears – red and others



2 thoughts on “”

  1. Hello,

    My name is Manuel Cervera

    I´m Spanish organic farmer.

    I would like to exchange experience about organic production with other farmers.

    I produce cherries, almonds and apricots.

    Next year, I´ll cultivate wheat.

    On the other hand, I started a blog some months ago.

    It´s http://cherrita.blogspot.com/

    If you want, I would like to exchange hyperlink with you in the section “Other organic farmers”

    I wait for your response.

    Thanks a lot.

    Regards.

    Manuel Cervera

    cherrita@cherrita.com

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