Summer marches on!

In Now:

The last several weeks have seen an abundance of crops enter the weekly box, and the veggies just keep coming! I hope you have been enjoying the abundance, especially this year’s bumper artichoke crop!

We’ve had watermelons (and now cantaloupe), spicy mix, more head lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower, cabbage, full sized carrots & beets, new potatoes, colored bell peppers and full size eggplant.

Coming up:

The tomatoes are just starting and should start accumulating in the next few weeks. The zucchini has, I think thankfully, reached its peak. Carrots will continue weekly, beets every other week. We have more head lettuce and fall plantings of tender salad mix coming, as well as a long fall of colored bell peppers, onions, potatoes and an excellent looking winter squash crop, most of which will arrive at the very end – in early October.

 

We do have some delacata and acorn squash thats almost ready, and some baby pumpkins that aren’t far behind. We have two field plantings of sweet corn that should give us a a few more weeks of corn. Finally, we have a nice fall planting of cabbage (including crinkly savoy and yummy red cabbage), as well as fall broccoli and cauliflower – so look forward to a bountiful september.

We just passed week 10 on the farm which means we have around 7 weeks left! We usually end by the second week of October, so enjoy the veggies while they are flowing and freeze or can what you cannot use right away!

Cheers!

Spring crops give way to summer

Its week three, and we are finishing up the spring crops and starting to see the early summer crops.

Pictures below!

This week

New this week we have baby beets, also purple and green snow peas and assorted herbs including chives, basil and the last of the spring cilantro.

We’ve also got tons of beautiful head lettuce this week (green and read butters) that all seem to want to come in at once. We will have lettuce for a week or two more and salad mix most of the season with some occasional breaks.

Whats to come

Our squash and cucumber crops look good and should start producing in the next couple of weeks. Also coming soon: broccoli, carrots, more beets, shelling peas and beans.

We will have a late sweet corn crop on the farm, and will fill in in the next few weeks with sweet corn from our friends the Austins. The tomatoes, melons, eggplant and peppers all look very happy – they are planted in the hoop house and love the extra heat and weed free environment. Yum, I  can’t wait until the yellow watermelons are ready, those are my favorite!

Really last chance

We will close off the CSA after next week, so if you know of anyone who is considering joining, this is the last chance to join for the 2015 season. Last chance signups, please call 970-201-5309.

Turkey Hill CSA Newsletter, Weeks 11-16 – Fall Crops!

On The Farm

This week, things have really turned the corner to fall. The air is a bit crisper, the leaves look a bit brown and the field has started its slow descent towards winter. Everything has slowed down and crops are all past their peak (except perhaps tomatoes which are now at their max). Peppers and eggplant should also continue for several more weeks. You will see this decrease reflected in decreasing box sizes for the remainder of the season.

Winter squash is maturing slowly, but should be ready starting in 2 weeks, then we will have it every week until the end. Summer squash is in decline and will end soon. Cucumbers are also declining but will last a few more weeks. Herbs continue for a bit more.

We started picking potatoes last week (with leeks!) and after a break this week you will have them for most/all remaining weeks. Salad is back this week and for several more weeks. Broccoli and cauliflower are done, but broccoli might be back with an encore appearance (side shoots) in a few weeks. We picked the last of the carrots this week and may have one more beet crop. Onions, oh the onions! So many to pick! This week we have reds, we will have yellows & whites thru the rest of the season and hopefully one more round of leeks towards the end.

Kale and chard continue on, I hope you still enjoy these crops! I know some of you are done, but I also know others who happily freeze their weekly supply for winter use. Remember – all this abundance will fade away with the season, so preserve what you can! Speaking of preserving – we do have roma tomatoes by the case, please email if you are interested.

Fruit: every crop is late, so we continue with peaches this week, nectarines next week, early apples and pears the following week and apples until the end.

The End Approaches

The final pickup day will be as follow: Farm Friday Oct. 6th, Marble/Gunnison Sat Oct. 7th, Crested Butte: Sunday Oct. 8th. Please try to return any boxes/totes you have on this final day; we will also try to swing back to get the final boxes a week or so after the final delivery.

Pictures

 

Turkey Hill CSA 2013 Apex, Weeks 7 – 10

The peak of the season has arrived! Everything is coming in at once and the boxes are packed. There were over a dozen items in this weeks box and most of these items will continue coming in for several more weeks. The crops are all well established and the weeding is nearly done.

The latest farm pictures, click to enlarge:

Important billing note all accounts now Due!

All accounts are now due in full. I will email final invoices shortly – please send a check for your full balance (or pay online with paypal or a credit card). call or email me if you have any questions. If you can’t pay in full, please contact me to arrange a payment plan.

Here is whats in the box this week:

  • Broccoli – lots more coming for several more weeks
  • Beans – last week on these
  • Carrots – will last for several more weeks
  • Chard – still plenty
  • Cucumbers – more and more coming in over the next few weeks
  • Corn – couple for weeks of corn
  • Eggplant – really coming in now, will last a few more weeks
  • Garlic – we will dole this out over next month little by little
  • Herbs – many herbs coming in now – a mix for the remainder of the season, chives & parsley this week
  • Kale – still looks great, lots more coming – blanche and freeze what you caqn’t use right away
  • Onions – started picking red & yellow onions this week, will last all season, storage types last
  • Peppers – just started, waiting on many types to turn colors, many more to come, sweet & hot
  • Salad Mix – still coming, we will take a break soon then have more for the end of the season.
  • Squash – a steady supply, only a few varieties this year because a few types failed
  • Tomatoes, tomatillos – just starting, more and more until it freezes
  • Fruit: Peaches  – lots more coming!

What still hasn’t come in yet?

  • Artichichokes –  just starting to produce may have enough by the end for everyone to get some
  • Cabbage – plenty out there but coming in slowly, fulls only this week
  • Cauliflower – starting soon, we should have for a few weeks.
  • Leeks – a nice stand, waiting for potato digging to dig leeks, will have for 2 weeks towards the end
  • Melons –  if the frost is late we may have a crop for everyone
  • Potatoes – beautiful stand, we will have potatoes in abundance for the last several weeks of the season
  • Winter Squash – a nice stand, we will start picking in early September and have for the rest of the season
  • Fruit: Apples, Pears, Nectarines

Call to special order: Gladioli, Sunflowers, Basil for pesto.

 

CSA 2013 Newsletter Weeks 5 & 6 – here comes summer!

flowers!
flowers!

Everything is happening at once and I got a little behind, so this newsletter covers weeks 5 & 6 (last week and this week).

What herbs are those? One CSA member emailed to find out what the herbs in last week’s box were. I can’t tell you for sure because every box got dill, but the rest got one or more (fulls) of several different herbs – thyme (small tight bundles), oregano (long leafy branches in bundles), basil or flavored basil (zip-top bags), chives (everyone got those the previous week) or parsley. dill and cilantro are mostly done for the season.

A crop update  –  We have had some incredible heat this summer and a few rainstorms as well. The main field crops are slowly catching up, but everything is a bit later than usual. It does look like we will have sweet corn this week from Austin farms, and cucumbers and squash are shifting from a trickle to a flood as we shift from early planting to main plantings over the next few weeks.

The first broccoli is ready this week, and I have more than the usual amount planted so it should be abundant later in the season. ( Note: the early broccoli is often not quite as nice as the later harvests which happen in the cooling weather of fall).

Along with the broccoli, Cabbage is almost ready and we may pick some small ones for the CSA in a week or so, just to give you some – more in later boxes.

We started picking onions last week, sweet white ‘Sierra Blancas’. The were a little small, but we have thousands of onions planted and I knew you would appreciate some. The rest of the garlic is getting harvested this week for packing next week, and we will have scallions this week (one week only)! Regular onions continue next week for most of the rest of the season.

I dug up a few feet of  potato row and wasn’t impressed; the plants look incredible, but the potatoes themselves aren’t ready. I will try again for early potatoes in a couple of weeks, or see if I can get some from another local grower.

Cucumbers are coming in well, but we are only picking the early varieties we have planted in the hoop-house. The field varieties start next week and we have a much larger planting there, so get your cucumber salad recipes ready. Last week I included picking cukes (which are a little tougher than slicers) because there weren’t many slicers, but this is unusual. If you want picklers for pickling, email me for a 10 or 20lb. box.

Summer squash is starting and we will have a steady, but hopefully not overwhelming supply of zucchini, yellow sunburst and middle eastern summer squash. Winter squash looks great this year, needed some thinning actually! Covering the squash early with floating row cover kept the squash bugs away and although i see them now, the squash have a huge head start.

Eggplant, peppers and tomatoes all look good although it will be a while before we have many ripe tomatoes. We have a nice melon crop so we should have those for a couple of weeks late in the season.

Did I miss anything? email me your questions!

A slideshow tells the story – click any image to start the full screen slideshow!

Week 5 & 6 ~ In the Box –

  • Rainbow Chard
  • Kale
  • salad mix – plentiful
  • fresh or dried garlic
  • beets
  • carrots (sizing up for a week)
  • eggplant
  • peas
  • beans – green, purlpe & yellow fresh beans
  • squash – more and more
  • FRUIT:  cherries from First Fruits, Peaches from Domingez canyon
  • broccoli (first bits week 6, lots more to come)
  • onions, more and more all season
  • scallions
  • peppers
  • sweet corn
  • cucumbers
  • herbs – basil, flavored basils, chives, parsley, thyme, oregano

coming soon:

  • potatoes
  • melon
  • cabbage
  • more peppers – sweet & spicy
  • tomatoes

CSA 2013 Newsletter Week 4

A little gallery to show you how everything looks these days on the farm, click any image to enlarge:

In the field we are busy picking, picking and picking. The weeding and planting are mostly done excepting some salad mix beds and pathways. This time of year everything seems to be getting ready at the same time.

New things: In the next few weeks, many new crops will be ready including green (and purple and yellow) beans, broccoli, squash (more varieties), cucumbers and early potatoes and onions as well as scallions (green onions). We should finally have enough carrots for everyone and these should continue for a while. Eggplant and peppers are also starting to size up. Sweet corn from Austin farms should be ready in the next week or two, and Peaches from The Palisade Peach Company should be ready this week.

Old things: The head lettuce is done this week, and we are going to dig the rest of the garlic up. The heat and weeds have mostly finished the peas, although a seconds patch should let us harvest shelling peas for one more week.

Money things: If you haven’t paid your membership in full already, I will be emailing you a invoice in the next day. Please send a check for 50% of the balance, or the full balance.  If you have any questions about your bill, please call me at 970-872-4413.

Week 4 ~ In the Box –

  • Rainbow Chard
  • Kale
  • Head lettuce – last week
  • salad mix
  • fresh or dried garlic
  • beets
  • eggplant
  • peas
  • squash
  • baby carrots (full members)
  • FRUIT: more delicious cherries from First Fruits (ends soon, this week or next)

coming soon:

  • broccoli
  • baby carrots
  • beans – green, purple and yellow
  • early onions
  • new potatoes
  • scallions
  • cucumbers
  • sweet corn
  • peppers
  • tomatoes

CSA 2013 Newsletter Week 3 – beets & peas

Not much new to report this week – almost a lull in the heat. Everything continues along in the field. The second patch of beets, peas, beans, dill and cilantro has been weeded, and the peas and beets are finally coming in. I’m keeping at the salad mix planting, and we are doubling back to weed the crops that need it – onions, kale, squash and a few others. What are you waiting for and excited about? 

The kale was big enough to bunch this week and most of the damage is gone from the flea beetles attacking the lancinato (dino) and red russian kale. Head lettuce is almost done, 1-2 more weeks. The peas are just starting, same with the baby beets in this week’s box; carrots should be ready next week and green beans, squash and cucumbers are all a few weeks off, eggplant in the hoop house will be ready in 1-2 weeks as well.

The garlic is ready to get picked and despite several weedings, seems have to been slightly overrun – meaning smaller sized (but still delicious) garlic heads. These early fresh heads have soft skins and a fresher flavor than dried garlic; we should have garlic regularly throughout the season.

I gave the culinary herbs a break this week to let them size up, but we will continue next week with a rotation of cilantro, dill, oregano, thyme, basil and parsley.

The head lettuce lasts just a couple more weeks, then the summer crops really start to hit!

Cherries! We will have cherries from fruit members for the next few weeks, maybe 3-4 weeks total. We are very fortunate to have a long term purchasing history with one of the few growers with a sizable cherry crop this year – First Fruits. Quantities are a little lighter than past years for the CSA because the price is incredibly high this year ($80/box wholesale!), but we feel lucky to get them at all – so enjoy them deeply.

 

Week 3 –

note: full members may get doubles, half members may not get all items

  • Rainbow Chard
  • Kale
  • Head lettuce – red butter & more
  • salad mix
  • radishes
  • early green garlic
  • beets
  • peas

coming soon:

  • broccoli
  • full size beets
  • baby carrots
  • beans – green, purple and yellow

CSA 2013 Newsletter Week 2 – spring greens continue

I hope you aren’t tired of greens yet, because this week we continue with the same type of vegetables as last week. We do have some beautiful new varieties of head lettuce, including green and red butter and green and red oakleaf. We also had radishes for everybody to get a bunch this week, the purple large round radishes are surprisingly sweet. If you find radishes too spicy, try cutting them very thinly and adding to a salad.

Don’t worry – we have plenty of summer crops ahead: corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers & more are all in store!

We got more kale this week, so everybody gets at least one bag. We also have early summer squash this week from Austin farms – our own squash is still a few weeks off. the garlic just isn’t quite ready, but we picked a little ‘green’ immature garlic anyway (full members). We have more spinach this week and the cilantro has sized up enough to bunch. we picked the kohlrabi, some hasn’t sized up so i’m not certain we have enough for everyone this week (if not we will give those who missed it kohlrabi next week). whats kohlrabi, you ask? check my past newsletters for more! we should have beets starting next week.

Some pictures from packing last week’s box and from the field!

 

Ironing out the kinks!

Please let me know if you had any troubles with the delivery last week. I want to correct any mistakes I may have made quickly!

Cherries! I have confirmed that i will be able to get cherries for at least one or two weeks. I won’t have them this week, but should by week 3’s deliveries. These will be delicious fruit from First Fruits in Paonia and we are lucky to get them!

 

Week 2 –

note: full members may get doubles, half members may not get all items

  • Rainbow Chard
  • Baby Kale (Bagged)
  • Spinach
  • Head lettuce – assorted mini sleeved  green & red butter, green & red oakleaf
  • salad mix
  • radishes
  • cilantro
  • early green garlic
  • summer squash (Austin farms)

coming soon:

  • peas (sugar snap &  shelling)
  • broccoli
  • baby beets
  • baby carrots
  • bunched kale, dino kale, red russian kale
  • beans – green, purple and yellow

Here Comes Harvest Season 2013!

Read on for first pickup details, what’s in the box and recent farm pictures…

First Pickup Details

Important: please read the details below and call or email if you have any questions. Farm phone number is 970-872-4413.

First harvest pickup and delivery dates –

  • Farm Pickup starts Friday June 21st – 3-7pm
  • Marble/Redstone pickups starts Saturday June 22nd – Sat AM pickup
  • Gunnison delivery starts Saturday June 22nd @ Gunnison farmers market – Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Crested Butte delivery starts Sunday June 23rd – 11am @ 421 White Rock

Pickup/Delivery Details

  • Farm pickup members – pickup is at the farm on Powell Mesa (just down the hill from our home at 34830 Powell Mesa Rd.) on Fridays from 3-7 pm. A whiteboard lists the items you get for your membership type (half/full, fruit) – grab a box or bags if you need them, then pack your box from the produce in the deli coolers or table area. If you can’t make it to pick up during the regular time, please call. I will box your produce up and place it in the walk in (please close door hard until it clicks).

All other areas – Each box is labeled with your name and veg/fruit size (half/full) – if anything is wrong in week one please call so we can correct. Please return the boxes and totes for reuse. Totes collapse with two thumbs pushing tabs in, cardboard boxes can stay intact and stack neatly.

  • Gunnison – Mark from Thistle Whistle Farm will be bringing your boxes to the Gunnison farmers market.   Please thank him and buy some of his yummy veggies.
  • Crested Butte members – Hosted by Stacee Vanaernem at 421 White Rock. Deliveries are Sundays @ 11 am.  If you can’t meet the truck, please send a friend; if we don’t see you we will leave your box on the shaded porch on the right of the building. Please help keep Stacee’s porch as neat as possible between pickups, thanks!
  • Marble/Redstone – standard pickup time is Saturday mornings, your boxes will be inside the walk-in, first door on our right – please close door hard until it clicks. All boxes will be labeled with an [M] for Marble and have the same color. If you know exactly when you are coming please email or call ahead so I can meet you and help load the boxes. Contact Gina (ginacousino@gmail.com) to find out your pickup slots, call me with questions or for directions.

What’s in the Box?

This spring featured some cool weather and even though my planting was on schedule or early, several crops are a week or two late – including peas, baby beets, carrots, and radishes. some of the early kale has damage we have to pick off.

What we do have ready is tons of beautiful, tender head lettuce including green romaine, red & green crisp head, red and green butter lettuce and red and green oak leaf – at least ten varieties that we will harvest for 4-6 weeks. We have nice sized rainbow chard without any of the usual early leaf damage. We have delicious, tender spinach and cilantro – we will be bagging these two to extend their harvest until the later planting comes in.

We have some culinary herbs ready including garlic scapes (Garlic scapes are the curling tops of garlic plants, which are as edible as the garlic bulbs), early (green) garlic,  oregano, chives and parsley – you will get one or more of these in your early box. Also in this weeks box: crunch bok choi from rain crow farms in paonia.

In short – please be patient – lots of greens this spring, enjoy their freshness and vitality – lots of squash, cucumbers, peppers, corn will arrive later in the season, and possibly a week or two later than usual. the early boxes will be a bit smaller than usual, but we will make it up to you later in the seasonn.

Fruit members note: there are no cherries to be had, so we won’t have fruit for several weeks. We do have a good peach, nectarine pear and apple crop and possibly plums. Don’t worry, you will get your full $$$ value of fruit, just a little more a little later in the season. Once again, please be patient!

Week 1 –

note: full members may get doubles, half members may not get all items

  • Rainbow Chard
  • Baby Kale (Bagged) – full members
  • Spinach
  • Bok Choi (rain crow farm)
  • Head lettuce – assorted mini sleeved g. romaine, g. oakleaf, r. oakleaf, g. butter
  • garlic scapes
  • oregano
  • chives – full members
  • salad mix
  • radishes  – full members
  • cilantro
  • early/green garlic – extra for full members

coming soon:

  • peas (sugar snap, then shelling)
  • kohlrabi
  • tatsoi
  • baby beets
  • baby carrots
  • bunched kale

 

2012 CSA Newsletter – Week 12,13, etc…

The Farmers Update

As I write this we are packing week 13. Week 12 still had a huge variety of vegetables – cilantro, parsley, carrots, beets, broccoli/cauliflower, kale, chard,  corn, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes, onions and squash. This week we will have some heavy boxes, but a few things are ending – the cucumbers are gone, we gave the kale a break this week but will have some more before the end, chard is gone, peppers and eggplant are almost gone, corn is done.

The last few weeks…

We’ve got more leeks this week and one more time this season, perfect for potato leek soup! Also lots of yellow onions and soon the red onions; we’ve got some herbs for the end of the season – including  the lemon grass in this week’s box. Lots of potatoes coming in, and a few pumpkins. We do have some garlic, the crop was small this year (probably weather related) – My winter squash crop was a bust, almost nothing made it; fortunately Glenn Austin and the Greg at the trading post had better luck, so I will resort to buying the squash for the last few weeks. Everything in these last boxes is designed for storage – keep the onions, potatoes and squash in a cool, well ventilated, dark spot and they will last for months.

The end is coming!

The end of the farm season that is, not the end of the world, although some are predicting that as well. You will probably be able to tell from this week’s box that the season is in steep decline. Because of the lack of water and the heat of summer, fall has come a bit early to the western slope. The tomatoes are producing more that I remember in the last decade – even the field grown romas are coming on in force – we can barely keep up with picking them! If you find a lot of tomatoes in your box these next few weeks, just freeze them if you can’t use them all! I freeze whole, ripe tomatoes in gallon ziplok bags. In the winter these are easy to peel (just dunk in hot water and the skin slips right off), chop up and add to any dish.

Because of the early decline, i’m going to condense our final deliveries and pack the rest of the fall crops in the next three heavy boxes (weeks 13-15). I’m packing these final boxes much more than usual, essentially doubling up for the last few weeks, saving on the delivery effort, but still getting you all your fall crops.  I wanted to mention that we are winding down more quickly than usual, the CSA was still a great value for your membership dollars this summer – according to my past calculations, we hit the ‘retail price value’ of the membership around week 10 or 11 – after that everything else is a bonus. Also this year, a bunch of crops came in early, thus front loading our season. I am considering starting a week earlier next year, more on this over the winter.

The final pickup dates are as follows: Crested Butte – Sunday September 30th, Marble/Redstone & Gunnison – Saturday September, Farm – Friday Oct. 5th.

Crested Butte members, please bring any empty boxes/totes back to the delivery spot by the following weekend so we can pick them up. Marble/Redstone members please get your boxes back to karen or gina and we will get them back; Gunnison members, please bring your boxes/totes back to mark the following week.

Thank you for your membership this year!

In the Box

Most items are 1 each for Half, 2 each for Full. A few items are Full only. Boxes may vary slightly, we do our best to even out the distribution.

Broccoli/Cauliflower  – still a little more…
Onions  – still more
Kale – ends soon!
Peppers – ends soon
Eggplant – ends soon
Carrots – last week
Tomatos
Potatoes
Leeks 
Herbs – lemon grass
Winter Squash – acorns this week, delacata, butternut next
Fruit

Gala & Honeycrisp  from First Fruits, a few more varieties coming