Week 20, Summer CSA

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  • Arugula
  • Onions
  • Yellow Wax Beans
  • Rainbow Lacinato Kale
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Summer Squash and Eggplant
  • Broccoli
  • Salad Mix
  • Red Potatoes

Farm Happenings:

And we’re back with the newsletter after an intense two weeks of preparations for the rains. Last week we enjoyed the seemingly final week of sun  as we hastily finished the greenhouse, harvested all the potatoes and winter squash, and started to build our fortress around the winter and fall crops to protect them from the deer and elk. We finished putting up the greenhouse frame and plastic. With the help of Chloe’s dad we got it up and secured before the heavy rainfall and winds. This was important, so we could keep the soil dry enough to sow our overwintering greens in it soon. We are excited to learn all about winter growing in greenhouses for the first time this year.

The potatoes and squash made it out of the field last week. We luckily were able to get a dry enough window to use our new potato digger to finish up pulling the other half of the potatoes from the field. We worked till dark on Wednesday to get as many out before the deluge, but didn’t quite finish; the yields were better than expected! So the next day despite the multiple inches of rain we went back out and slopped through the mud picking up the last of them. Then we moved onto the winter squash getting it all out of the field by the end of the day and put away, securely in our dry storage.  The wettest day that we have ever had to work through, but well worth it as we are now half way through the fall harvests.

In the upcoming weeks we will continue to prepare for Winter by completing the remaining big storage crop harvests  before the cold weather hits which will include beets, carrots, celery root, kohlrabi, turnips, rutabaga, and cabbage. This fall is proving to be a challenge for harvesting as it doesn’t look like we will be catching much of a break from the weather anytime soon, but we will keep on trudging through the knee deep mud and get it done!

Now that we are catching up from our marathon of building and harvesting we will start responding to the CSA surveys in next Tuesday’s  newsletters. Thanks  for all your feedback; we look forward  to answering your questions and responding to your helpful criticism.

Week 1 Newsletter - Winter 2014

 

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