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.
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!
Its week three, and we are finishing up the spring crops and starting to see the early summer crops.
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.
Get in on the harvest from the very beginning: sign up now by calling me at 970-201-5309.
We have some great looking crops and some of the early season crops only last a few weeks, so sign up now so you don’t miss out.
If you already signed up, here are the pickup details:
Pickups are Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm at the farm on Powell Mesa (call if you need directions). If you need to come later than that, including Sunday or later, please call or email me and I will box your produce. Marble members you can come any time after 1pm Saturday and your boxes will be in the cooler
Harvest is just a few weeks away, don’t delay in signing up for the CSA. A $250 deposit assures your spot this season.
In go the plants!
Its been a while since I last wrote an update. We have been busy planting out the crops and only a few flats remain on the hardening off tables: everything will be in by the end of this week.
Time to sign up!!!
If you still haven’t signed up for a CSA for this summer, don’t hesitate! Now is your chance to get in of the crops from the very beginning. Harvest is just a couple of weeks off! To sign up, send your check ($250 minimum) to PO Box 969 * Hotchkiss, CO 81419.
Speaking of beginning, what can we expect as the harvest begins in mid June?
Greens, bountiful greens! It all starts with the greens – salad mix with slight variations every week. Maybe two bags a week to start off! Kale and Chard will also start early, and continue on a nearly weekly basis all summer. Along with salad we will have a few weeks of early radishes, likely the only radishes of the season.
Other early greens include spicy mix with tat tsoi, arugula, mizana and mustard greens. And spinach! Tender bunched or loose spinach will be a regular item thru the early season.
Next come the peas: snow peas look great this year, had some poor germination on the early sugar snaps. Shelling peas come a bit later and also look great.
Also in the early weeks: baby beets and carrots. We grow a special variety of beets for baby beets and they are delicious! Scallions will also make an early appearance.
We’ll have some early herbs as well: cilantro and dill. Later herbs will include a rotation of basil (lots of basil!), thyme, oregano and chives.
Thats most of what we will see in June as we head towards early summer crops in July: head lettuce of all sorts, carrots, green beans, broccoli, leeks, bok choi, and more herbs: oregano, thyme, chives, parsley and plenty of basil.
By July, we start to get into early summer crops: onions, early squash and cucumbers and green beans. Yummmmmmmm…
So DON’T DELAY – sign up for the 2015 season today!
This year we are offering a simplified CSA membership for local pickup only. For the 2015 season we are offering one type of membership for $500. We are not offering a half membership (we suggest you share a regular membership with a friend or neighbor), and we aren’t offering a fruit ‘option’ – although we will have fruit for sale at the farm during pickup.
Memberships are limited and already filling up. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a check for $500 (or $250 with $250 due June 1st.) to Turkey Hill CSA, PO Box 969, Hotchkiss, CO 81419.
Last CSA Box this week! I repeat – THIS IS THE LAST WEEK!
Its been a great year on the farm and I am always a little sad to see it end. This year I actually did a pretty good job with my planning and we have managed to use nearly everything from the field. The last few weeks there have been some nice bonuses like radishes and cilantro, and we have also filled in with crops from other growers – including winter squash from Austin Family Farm and celery and carrots from Rendezvous Farm.
A big thanks from me goes out to Crystal, Lara, Valerie, Anastacia and the rest of the harvest crew for keeping the farm harvest humming along, and for Emily who kept the truck going over the pass. Their help was indispensable.
We finally got a freeze and the timing was perfect for the end of the season. Please note that the winter squash is ‘fresh’ and needs at least a few weeks of storage to cure and really sweeten up. Most winter squash will store for several months if kept in a cool, well ventilated space.
Thank you again to everyone for being a part of the 2013 season!
If you are interested in getting a fall box or boxes delivered, please give Jack a call at (970) 778-6026 – he does regular deliveries to basalt/aspen and would happily come to CB/Gunnison or stop in Redstone/Marble for a delivery if enough people are interested.
Here are some recent and older pictures to help you remember the year – click an image to enlarge.
packing the boxes
thousands of onions – walla walla, red, yellow etc
the outer hoophouse
the tractors, set for ciltivating
garlic ready for harvest – garlic scapes and early garlic in week 1’s box
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.
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:
packing the boxes
week 7 pickup board
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.
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!
the pond where the water is stored and makes its way to the field
the inner hoop house – eppplant, peppers, tomatoes
and more potatoes
the outer hoophouse
melons, cucumbers and a few overflow flowers, eggplant and peppers
broccoli hiding in the weeds
a SWEET white onion ready for picking
thousands of onions – walla walla, red, yellow etc
one of two giant chard zones
carrots and cilantro
chives, leeks and more onions
tomatoes and squash
beans and dill
basil and leftover spinach
carrots being eaten by weeds
Cucumbers by the hundreds
Week 5 & 6 ~ In the Box –
salad mix – plentiful
fresh or dried garlic
carrots (sizing up for a week)
beans – green, purlpe & yellow fresh beans
squash – more and more
FRUIT: cherries from First Fruits, Peaches from Domingez canyon
A little gallery to show you how everything looks these days on the farm, click any image to enlarge:
Week 3 Farm Pickup Board
Into the cooler
In the field: Onions, chives, leeks
Chard, Kale, Carrots, Cilantro (going to seed in this section)
looking further out
salad patches 3 and 4
salad patches 5 and 6
Week 4 farm pickup board
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 –
Head lettuce – last week
fresh or dried garlic
baby carrots (full members)
FRUIT: more delicious cherries from First Fruits (ends soon, this week or next)