Week, 18 Summer CSA

Don’t forget! We’ll be moving inside this week.

We will be setting up in the warehouse directly across the street (Gaines St.) from the Coffeehouse. This will give us all protection from the windy and wet fall weather to come. In other words, the location will be the same, but we will be indoors. The pick-up will be in this new spot for the rest of the Summer CSA and the entirety of the Winter CSA.

Here is a link to a google map that marks the building which we will be in. Give us a call if you have trouble finding us!

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Escarole! Yes, they are bigger than your head.

  • Green Curly Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes- a mix of sauce and saladette tomatoes.
  • Rose Finn Fingerling Potatoes
  • Salad Mix- mix of lettuce and spinach greens.
  • Eggplant or Jimmy Nardelos -last of the eggplant this week!
  • Artichokes- We are doing these on rotation. If you don’t get them this week, don’t worry we will do them again next week.
  • Escarole
  • Red Cabbage
  • Fennel

Farm Happenings:

A muddy harvest this week as we welcome the fall rains with our boots and rain gear caked in mud. Before the shift in weather we took advantage of the dry weather to work on projects that are much more conducive to the dry weather.

Last Thursday we dug 40 post holes for our first field greenhouse where we will be growing winter greens for the Winter CSA. We finished setting all the posts over the weekend, so we will be ready to put up the hoops, side supports and plastic covering in the next week or two.

We also had the chance to test out our new potato digger!  Over the course of a couple hours we dug  and picked up over 2000 lbs of potatoes. Just over half of the remaining planting. We are hoping for a couple days of dryer weather, so we can finish the harvest soon.

This year we have also added another key piece of equipment that will greatly help with our fall harvests: a barrel washer. This big 13 foot barrel is suspended on it’s side and has two open ends, one in which to pour the dirty potatoes and one in which the clean ones come out! A water line runs the length of the barrel with little holes drilled in it to spray the roots as the  barrel spins, slowly turning the roots until all the mud is sprayed off.  The front, where the roots are dumped in, is slightly elevated, so as the barrel spins the roots slowly make their way down to the end of the barrel and fall out into clean bins that are waiting to be filled. This handy tool can wash potatoes, beets, carrots, turnips, rutabaga, celery root,  and parsnips in a blink of an eye.  In previous seasons we have had to wash hundreds of bins of root vegetables by hand, picking up and dumping out the roots multiple times as we hand spray each bin, which is incredibly hard on the  back.  We look forward to  taking advantage of this simple technology to help us preserve our bodies, so we can keep farming for years to come.

Thanks to all of you who have given us your feedback about the season thus far. Don’t forget to fill out your survey this week.  We will be responding to your feedback next week. Thanks!

Week 1 Newsletter - Winter 2014

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