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Sweet, short, ABUNDANT Thanksgiving! A Horn-of-Plenty, a Cornucopia!

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New this week: ‘Franz’ or Ciboule Onions. 2 farm children picked out allium (onion) seeds from seed catalogues, planted them, weeded them, mulched them, watered them, harvested them. They had one 18 x 4 ft bed for their alliums. After harvesting our family’s yearly onion need they still had one row left in the bed of a new, experimental heirloom, perennial allium. These can be replanted if you want your own perennial (year-round) crop! They over-winter and start multiplying in early Spring. The young greens can be harvested from April to May for an early veggie/herb. They resemble leeks and scallions, the whole stem is edible. We bought them from Heritage Harvest Seeds. Ciboule onions are prized in France and Asia!

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They may look leek-like like this or …

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… or scallion-like like this

Farm pick list: These items are only available at our farm market Saturday October 8th 8 am – 2 pm. 2 types of Mushrooms, Tomatoes (in October, what!?), Beets from Brandner Farms,  Red + Yellow Potatoes and Carrots from Pfenning’s Organic Farm, Watermelon + Cantaloupes, Winter Squash, Sweet Peppers, Scallions, Beans, Broccoli, Kale + Chard, Salad Mix, a large variety of fresh herbs, and our new ciboule Onions!

Anticipated Windsor pick list for Wednesday October 12th: Cherry Tomatoes, Kale + Chard, Salad Mix, new ciboule onions, scallions, Winter Squash, Sweet Peppers, a variety of fresh herbs.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

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12140127_849743068479715_48046645832885106_oWith the threat of the F-word – that did indeed come this weekend – we were frantically covering up all the crops we could with frost blankets and harvesting the crops that couldn’t be saved (peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, hot peppers, okra, tomatillos, beans, summer squash). We won’t know the extent of the damage or how crops fared until we get out there and start harvesting on Monday morning. The root crops – beets, turnips, radishes – might be sold as roots only as the leaves may have been killed off but they will be sweeter with a frost.  And that is the good news of a frost – it sweetens up and makes extra tasty all the kale, chard, parsley, and roots.

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We also managed to get a large garlic area prepared for planting!

Remember that this is the very last of the tomatoes. We’ve brought many of them indoors to ripen them up but this will be your very last chance to have field-grown, organic, heirloom, tasty tomatoes and you’ll be back to eating tasteless cardboard tomatoes until next July.

Multi-coloured Cauliflower

Multi-coloured Cauliflower.

On the frost note…. we can only guess at what will be available for veggies this week. Apologies to the folks that use these posts to help them in their weekly menu planning. Please refer to the previous post for a possible crop list – Week 18.

Family working together to get the harvest done on Thanksgiving Monday.

Family working together to get the harvest done on Thanksgiving Monday.

From Facebook: “Some of the benefits of joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) weekly box program: Fresh, Local, Seasonal Veggies; Affordability; Environmentally-Friendly; Supporting your Community + Small Community Farmer. Did I mention fresh and tasty vegetables? 😉 “- http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Blogs/Eat-Drink-Post/October-2015/7-Reasons-to-Join-a-Farm-Share/

Family Thanksgiving activities included kite-flying, tractor lessons, and tree planting.

Family Thanksgiving activities included kite-flying, tractor lessons, and tree planting.

We are having one last Foraging Walk to close out the season on Sunday October 25th. There are still plenty of edibles left to discover and explore so if you’ve been meaning to make it to a walk it’s your last chance until next year! You can find an event page on Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/events/1068764633136247/. There is no obligation to pre-register, just show up on Sunday before 10:30 at our farm at 20600 Morris Rd (Canal St West), Tilbury.

Around the farm: #workperks (thinned baby carrots), woodpecker teepee, root crops soaking, plethora of sweet peppers, farm-bred baby chickens, asters (important nectar source for Fall migrating butterflies).

Around the farm: #workperks (thinned baby carrots), woodpecker teepee, root crops soaking, plethora of sweet peppers, farm-bred baby chickens, asters (important nectar source for Fall migrating butterflies).

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The busyness of full-time farming and full-time parenting got the best of us this summer and we didn’t publish our weekly baskets on the blog. Winter is when we play catch-up with everything we had to put on hold to grow food for our CSA members and our local community.

Here’s what our members saw in their weekly baskets (we’re publishing this so that future, prospective members can see what the produce provided in previous years) :

Week 5 –

Large baskets contained 1 pound of Beans*, a bunch of Chard, 1 Armenian Cucumber, 1 head of Garlic, 1 head of Lettuce, 1 pound of Salad Mix, a bunch of Spring Onions, a bunch of Parsley, Okra, hot Peppers, a bunch of Rapini, a bunch of Turnips, and Summer Squash.

Small baskets contained 1 pound of Beans, a bunch of Chard, 1 Armenian Cucumber, 1 head of Garlic, a bunch of Spring Onions, Okra, hot Peppers, a bunch of Rapini, and a bunch of Turnips.

Week 6 –

Large baskets contained Basil, 1 pound Beans, 1 Broccoli, 1 Green Cabbage, 1 Armenian Cucumber, a bunch of Kale, 1 head of Lettuce, Okra, hot Peppers, 1 quart of Cherry Tomatoes, and a bunch of Turnips.

Small baskets contained 1 pound of Beans, 1 Armenian Cucumber, a bunch of Kale, 1 head of Lettuce, Okra, hot Peppers, 1 quart of Cherry Tomatoes, and a Summer Squash.

Week 7 – This is where the contents between the farm pickup baskets and the market baskets varied, not in price, but in produce. If one group didn’t get an item one week then they got it the next.

Large baskets contained a bunch of Basil, 1 pound of Beans, 1 pound of Salad mix, Okra, hot Peppers, Winter Squash, Summer Squash, 1 quart of Cherry Tomatoes, Summer Squash, and some combination of Napa Cabbage, a bunch of Carrots, an Armenian Cucumber, sweet green Peppers, or a quart of new Potatoes.

Small baskets contained a bunch of Basil, 1 pound of Beans, 1 Red Cabbage, Okra, 1 Winter Squash, a quart of Cherry Tomatoes, and some combination of Napa Cabbage, 1 Armenian Cucumbers, a bunch of Carrots, Salad mix, sweet green Peppers, 1 quart of new Potatoes, or a Summer Squash.

Week 8 –

Large baskets contained a bunch of Basil, 1 pound of Beans, a bunch of Beets, 1 head of Broccoli, 1 pound of Salad mix, 1 sweet green Pepper, a bunch of Radishes, 1 quart Cherry Tomatoes, and a combination of  a bunch of Chard, 1 Eggplant, a bunch of Kale, or a quart of new Potatoes.

Small baskets contained a bunch of Basil, 1 pound of Beans, a bunch of Beets, 1 sweet green Pepper, 1 quart of Cherry Tomatoes, and a combination of a bunch of Chard, a bunch of Kale, Salad mix, 1 quart of new Potatoes, or a bunch of Radishes.

Week 9 –

Large baskets contained 1 pound of Beans, 1 Savoy Cabbage, 1 large Eggplant, 1 pound of Salad mix, Okra, hot Peppers, 2 sweet green Peppers, a bunch of Radishes, 6 pounds of heirloom Tomatoes, 2 pounds of Cherry Tomatoes and a combination of a bunch of Kale, Summer Squash, or Armenian Cucumbers.

Small baskets contained 1 Savoy Cabbage, Okra, hot Peppers, 1 sweet green Pepper, 4 pounds of heirloom Tomatoes, 1 pound of Cherry Tomatoes and a combination of Beans, Armenian Cucumber, Eggplant, or a bunch of Kale.

Week 10 –

Large baskets contained 2 large Eggplant, 2 heads of Garlic, a bunch of Spring Onions, 4 sweet green Peppers, 2 pounds of heirloom Tomatoes and a combination of a bunch of Basil, Beans, a bunch of Kale, a bunch of Radishes, 1 “surprise variety” Watermelon, or Cherry Tomatoes.

Small baskets contained a bunch of Basil, 1 pound of Beans, a bunch of Carrots, Armenian Cucumber, 1 Eggplant, 1/2 pound of Salad mix, Okra, Summer Squash, 1 pound of Cherry Tomatoes.

Week 11 –

Large baskets contained a bunch of Basil, 1 head of Garlic, 1 pound of Onions, 2 sweet green Peppers, a bunch of Radishes, 1 pound of heirloom Tomatoes and a combination of Beans, a head of red Cabbage, a bunch of Carrots, a head of Cauliflower, a bunch of Chard, a bunch of Kale or Collards, Spring Onions, Okra, 1 pound of new Potatoes,1 pound of Cherry Tomatoes, a bunch of Turnips, or a 1 “surprise variety” Watermelon.

Small baskets contained 1 sweet green Pepper, a bunch of Radishes, 1 “surprise variety” Watermelon, and a combination of Beans, red Cabbage, a bunch of Carrots, a head of Cauliflower, a bunch of Chard, 1 Eggplant, 1 head of Garlic, a bunch of Kale or Collards, Spring Onion, heirloom Tomatoes, or a bunch of Turnips.

Week 12 –

Large baskets contained 2 Eggplant, 2 heads of Garlic, a bunch of Kale, 1/2 pound of Salad mix, 1 pack of Mushrooms**, 1 Melon (either Honeydew or Cantaloupe), 2 pounds of Onions, Okra, 1 sweet green Pepper, hot Peppers, 3 pounds of heirloom Tomatoes, and a combination of  a head of Broccoli, a bunch of Carrots, a head of Cauliflower, a bunch of Parsley, or a bunch of Turnips.

Small baskets contained 1 Eggplant, 1 pack of Mushrooms**, 1 Melon (either Honeydew or Cantaloupe), 1 pound of Onions, 1 sweet green Pepper, 2 pounds of  heirloom Tomatoes, a bunch of Turnips, and a combination of  a bunch Carrots, a head of Cauliflower, a head of Garlic, a bunch of Kale, or a bunch of Parsley.

Week 13 –

Large baskets contained a bunch of Basil, 1 head of Cauliflower, 2 large Eggplant, a head of Garlic, a bunch of Kale, 2 pounds of Onions, 2 sweet green Peppers, 1 large Winter Squash, 2 pounds of heirloom Tomatoes, and a combination of Beans, a bunch of Carrots, Okra, a bunch of Parsley, or a bunch of  Turnips.

Small baskets contained 1 Eggplant, 1 Garlic, 1 pack of Mushrooms, 1 Melon, 1/2 pound of Salad mix, 2 pounds of Onions, 1 sweet green Pepper, 1 Winter Squash, 1 pound of heirloom Tomatoes, and a combination of a bunch of Basil, a head of Cauliflower, a bunch of Kale, a bunch of Parsley, or a bunch of Turnips.

Week 14 – a glitch, there are no records for this week.

Week 15 –

Large baskets contained 1 pound of Beans, 1 large Eggplant, a head of Garlic, a bunch of Kale, a head of Lettuce, a pack of Mushrooms, 1 pound of Onions, several Summer Squashes, and 1 pound of Sweet Potatoes.

Small baskets contained 1 pound of Beans, a head of Lettuce, a bunch of Kale, a head of Garlic, a pack of Mushrooms, and several Summer Squash.

Week 16 –

Large baskets contained 1 pound of Salad mix, 1 sweet green Pepper, and a combination of a head of Cauliflower, 1 large Eggplant, a bunch of Kale, a pack of  Mushrooms, 1 pound of Onions, a bunch of Parsley, hot Peppers, Winter Squash, Summer Squash, 1 pound of heirloom Tomatoes, 1 pound of Cherry Tomatoes.

Small baskets contained 1/2 pound of Salad mix, 1 pound of Onions, 1 sweet green Pepper, 1 Winter Squash, and a combination of 1 pack of Mushrooms, 1 Eggplant, a bunch of Parsely, 1 pound of heirloom Tomatoes, or Summer Squash.

Week 17 – Thanksgiving

Large baskets contained 1 pound of Beans, 2 pounds of Brussel Sprouts, a head of Lettuce, a pack of Mushrooms, several Summer Squash, 1 sweet green Pepper, and 2 pounds of Potatoes.

Small baskets contained 1 pound of Beans, 1 pound of Brussel Sprouts, a pack of Mushrooms, several Summer Squash, 1 sweet green Pepper, and 1 pound of Potatoes.

Week 18 – (day and time changed for Windsor members)

Large baskets contained 1/2 pound of Beans, 3/4 pound of Brussel Sprouts, a bunch of Kale, a head of Lettuce, 2 sweet green Peppers, 1 pound of Potatoes, 1 pound of Sweet Potatoes, Summer Squash, and an extra-large bunch of Turnips.

Small baskets contained 1/4 pound of Beans, 1/2 pound of Brussel Sprouts, a bunch of Kale, a head of Lettuce, 1 sweet green Pepper, 1 pound of Sweet Potatoes, and a bunch of Turnips.

Week 19 –

Large baskets contained 1 pound of Salad mix, 1 Kohlrabi (green or purple), a bunch of Spring Onions, a bunch of Parsley, several Summer Squash, 1 pound of Pea Sprouts, 2 Daikon Radish, and 1 large Winter Squash.

Small baskets contained 1 Kohlrabi (green or purple), 1 pound of Salad mix, a bunch of Parsley, 1 pound of Pea Shoots, 1 Daikon Radish, and 1 small Winter Squash.

Week 20 –

Large baskets contained 1 stalk of Brussel Sprouts, a large bunch of Carrots, 2 heads of Garlic, a bunch of Kale, 1 pound of Salad mix, a bunch of Radishes, a bunch of Turnips, and a pound of Sunchokes.

Small baskets contained 1 stalk of Brussel Sprouts, a bunch of Carrots, 1 head of Garlic, a bunch of Kale, a bunch of Radishes, a small bunch of Turnips, and a pound of Sunchokes.

Leafy Greens baskets contained a weekly variety, valued between $10-$12 a week, of the following greens: Collards, Kale, Chard, Salad Mix, heads of Lettuce, Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Rapini, Turnip Greens, and Radishes (yes, we know this is not a green, most of our Leafy Green member wanted to be part of our regular shares and we tried to give them special treats to show we appreciated them).

In addition we sold several Tomato Canning Shares, with 100 pounds, or 4 hampers, included in each, and Winter Storage Shares***, which included 3 pounds of Brussel Sprouts, 10 pounds of Onions, 20 pounds of Potatoes, 5 pounds of Sweet Potatoes, 4 large Butternut Squash, 2 bunches of Turnips, 10 heads of Garlic, 2 extra-large Hubbard Squash, 2 pounds of Sunchokes.

*Beans are a mix of Yellow, Green, Purple, Dragon, Tongue of Fire, and Blujay, all fresh eating Beans

**Mushrooms are certified organic and grown locally by Highline Mushrooms

***Due to devastating crop losses we had to buy most of the produce in the Winter shares

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