Posted in Weekly Baskets, tagged beefsteak tomatoes, black cherry tomatoes, broccoli, bumper crop, celery, chard, cherry tomatoes, dried herbal teas, dried herbs, ecological farming, ecological food, ecologically-grown food, fresh herbs, Garlic, green peppers, green tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, Kale, local food, locally-grown food, organic food, organically-grown food, rainbow chard, rainbow kale, salad mix, scallions, slicing tomatoes, Sunchokes, sundried tomatoes, sweet peppers on October 21, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Weekly Baskets, tagged basil, Beans, beefsteak tomatoes, black cherry tomatoes, broccoli, candy tomatoes, chard, cherry tomatoes, chickens, chinese eggplant, collards, community shared agriculture, community supported agriculture, CSA, cucumbers, dragon beans, dried herbal teas, dried herbs, ecological farming, ecological food, ecologically-grown food, Eggplant, fresh herbs, Garlic, heirloom tomatoes, herbal tea, hot peppers, Kale, Kohlrabi, lettuce, local food, locally-grown food, lunchbox peppers, mini-cucumbers, Onions, organic food, organically-grown food, parsley, paste tomatoes, pastured chickens, patty pan, portabella mushrooms, purple peppers, rainbow chard, rainbow kale, rainbow leafies, rainbow salad mix, salad mix, scallions, slicing tomatoes, snap beans, squash, striped cucumber beetle, summer squash, sundried tomatoes, sweet peppers, tinctures, tomatoes, vegan bone broth, wild rainbow salad mix, winter squash, zucchini on September 30, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Week #19 begins with a few updates.
For farm members: Saturday markets will start at 9 am (not 8 am) starting tomorrow, October 1st. Saturday October 8th will be the last market of the season and The Cheese Bar will be present – they helped us open the season and they’ll be there to close the season. Facebook event details. After that we’ll be emailing out a weekly list of the veggies we’ll have available and will be packing up individual orders that can be picked up at the farm. Check your emails for more details and please talk to us about these changes when you see us at the farm in the next 2 weeks.
For ALL members: Before the season began we had hoped to run for 24 weeks – until November – but that is no longer realistic. The CSA will end on Saturday October 22nd for farm members and Wednesday October 26th for ShopEco/Windsor members. If you have a basic, pre-packaged bag, we will be emailing you if your bag is to end sooner than the above dates. Please talk to us at the next few markets if you have any concerns or questions. We are letting folks know in advance because if you’re on the credit system you’ll want to make sure you use up your credits before the last week. There is a small chance we’ll be able to go longer but that will be a bonus rather than part of the core CSA program. The CSA has always been 20 weeks long, this year we were hoping for 24, and we could have started even earlier (we started 2 weeks earlier than ever), but these are all things we learn from each year as farming is always a work in progress.
We have ordered bulk potatoes, carrots, and beets that will be available on Wednesday October 5th and Saturday October 8th – in time for Thanksgiving! There are other options for using up credits as well – dried herbs and herbal teas, sun-dried tomatoes, tinctures, pickled asparagus, honey, and *fingers crossed* seeds to get you started on next year’s garden, dried beans (eg, kidney and black beans, for cooking), salves, hot pepper sauce, and pesto. Or simply stock up on all the veggies we have available and fill your freezers so you can make nourishing meals all Winter. We’ve found that the Scallion Roots make a very delicious stock! We came across this link for vegan “bone broth” that gives you lots of ideas for using up veggies ~ http://cleanfooddirtycity.com/recipes/healing-soup-with-vegan-bone-broth/
If you haven’t been convinced to start canning than maybe this comprehensive link (download included) will help ~ https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/135558/posts/1172189242
We’ve been lucky in many ways with this season so far. It’s been the most productive and the longest tomato season ever! The drought has given incredible bumper crops to every commercial Tomato grower, so much that we, and others, are letting the fruits rot on the vines because the demand isn’t there. I guess folks don’t want Tomatoes as much as we thought they would. We’ve also got more Melons + Squash to harvest, that’s exciting! But, we weren’t able to plant new crops to tide us over for the rest of the season. There is an insect in the soil in all parts of our gardens that eats every root crop, crops that we rely on to extend the vegetable season well into November. Other insects (due to no Winter kill) have decimated every seedling we planted and despite using organic insecticides we could not beat them this year. Every season is different – different highs and different lows – and we must go with the flow and cross our fingers that there will be enough for everyone. CSA’s – community supported agriculture – help farmers remain viable because they value community and take the risks as well as the benefits.
Posted in Creatures, Crops, Membership, Weekly Baskets, tagged asian pears, autumnal equinox, bartlett pears, bird's nest fungus, blu jay beans, broccoli, broccoli florets, calendula, candy tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, chinese eggplant, community shared agriculture, community supported agriculture, CSA, dragon beans, ecological farming, ecological food, ecologically-grown food, Eggplant, fall equinox, fennel, hot peppers, leopard frog, local food, locally-grown food, lunchbox peppers, okra, organic food, organically-grown food, parsley, pie pumpkins, purple peppers, rainbow chard, rainbow kale, red underwing moth, scallions, sea buckthorn, snacking peppers, spider, summer squash, sunchoke blossoms, sundried tomatoes, sustainable food production, sweet peppers, turnip curry, turnips, wild rainbow salad mix, winter squash on September 21, 2015| Leave a Comment »
We are entering a time of balance, when night and day are *almost* equal. The Autumnal or Fall Equinox. A time when plants and veggies are still growing but much slower, the weeds are slower, too, and the insects are few. Dates to maturity for crops is a guessing game at this time of year but rather than “the end”, it’s merely the beginning of the end but there is still plenty to come.
On the harvest list this week (items vary depending upon location) :
We’ve got more Bartlett Pears and Asian Pears!
Dragon Beans + Blu Jay Snap Beans
Sweet Peppers – We’ve been freezing the purple peppers to use as pizza toppings this Winter!
Okra (red + green)
Calendula Seeds – we’ve been including these in our salad mixes and we are offering the seeds for you to be able to grow your own! Wonderful dried to make healing salves and teas for sensitive skin, especially as a diaper rash cream – make your own medicine!
Sundried Tomatoes – dried to crunchy perfection these are a treat just as they are. Made using the sweetest of tomatoes, they can also be soaked in water and re-hydrated if needed for a certain recipe.
Turnips – a farm friend made the *most* delicious Turnip curry for us and we are waiting on the photo and recipe to share because it was the most delicious way we’ve ever eaten Turnips!
We have small amounts of frozen Sea Buckthorn if anyone is interested, please let us know in advance.
From around the farm this week…..
Happy Equinox Everyone! May you all find your Peaceful Place…..