A reminder to current members, CSA membership sign up for the 2013 season is in progress and you will have until Saturday October 20(CSA Week 19) to decide if you would like to secure a slot for next season. After this date, the renewal sign up period will expire and memberships will open to the waiting list and new members. Discounts* apply for early bird sign ups and payments received in full! For current/renewing members, if you sign up and make a payment before/on October 20, receive the early bird discount, $30 off the total cost of a share. For renewals after this date and new memberships, if you pay for the season IN FULL, receive a $30 discount.
See you on the Farm.
Eggplant, $1 ea
Crop Update... What's growing on at the Farm you ask? Well, we got good news and not so good news.
Rain, and lots of it. Humidity too which is not great for our crops as these conditions are ripe for diseases. Along with other farmers, we are doing our best to ensure we bring the harvest to the table, but despite our efforts the weather is out of our hands and some damage/loss is inevitable. Throughout the season, we do our best to control diseases and pests using organic methods but we are limited as to what we can do. As a Certified Organic operation, we do not have a list of products to control issues as do commercial growers. We appreciate your understanding when a crop does not do as well as planned when it is beyond our means. Despite the uncertainty and loss of some crops, we are committed to working hard and keeping a nice selection on the table for as long as we can.
For the good news - as you know, we got a bumper crop of eggplant and peppers! Take advantage of the harvest and put 'em up. That is the beauty of the CSA! Tomatoes, can you ever get enough tomatoes?! They got us into September and we will keep them on the table for another week or 2. Although, pick-your-own cherry tomatoes are done. Potatoes and garlic are looking good, we should have lots from now through the end of Farm Shop. Keep your fingers crossed... broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are sizing up to be the next big crop to hit the Farm Shop. Maybe 2 weeks for broccoli? Others out there for the fall harvest include kale, carrots, beets, escarole, broccoli rabe, lettuce, stir fry greens, bok choy, turnips. Also, we will continue to "buy in" fruit. Look for apples soon.
Onto the not so good news - our onions are experiencing some disease and they are not storing well. Therefore we will give them out for as long as we can, a few weeks, but not the amounts we had planned to distribute. We will supplement onions with leeks and scallions. Winter squash is another crop that will be lighter this season due to disease pressure. We grow lots of varieties like acorn, pie pumpkin and butternut, some varieties are more resistant to disease than others. We are keeping an eye on it and will have Spaghetti squash on the table this week. We distribute the winter squashes in order of how long they will hold up in storage. For this season, I don't think you will be able to store them through the winter months so use them sooner than later. Spinach and Swiss Chard are of concern too. We had seeded lots of it and planned for an abundant fall harvest, but something seems to have eaten it as quickly as we seeded it. One day we had lots of little greens popping out of the ground, the next it was nearly gone. Pest pressure has been heavy this season, in part due to a mild winter as pests were able to over winter. Here's to a cold, hard winter!
For the Farm, we count our blessings and carry on. In farming, some years are better than others, and every year is differant. Thanks for supporting the CSA (in good times and uncertain)!