CSA Newsletter Box 18

by jennifer on October 16, 2013


What’s in the box:
Kale-Red Russian or Curly
Beets or chard
Kabocha squash
Delicata squash
Red and yellow onions
Red and yellow cipollini onions
Scarlet queen turnips
Russian banana potatoes


It is hard to believe the summer CSA delivery is already over. It flew by so fast. I swear we were just picking peas, eating strawberries, and sorting endless crates of pickling cucumbers! Each year seems to cycle through faster and faster. Let’s hope the winter goes by just as quickly. Though I will enjoy the rest, I will miss t-shirts and bare feet and long summer nights. At least I’ll have the comfort foods of fall to keep me warm and toasty.

We have been delighted with this bonus sunshine and it looks as though it may stick around for the foreseeable future. Mornings are pretty chilly and shrouded in fog, but the few hours of warm sun we get each afternoon make for happy, pleasant work. The cover crop has prevailed over the birds and there is fine stubble appearing that you can see when the sunlight hits is just right. Tomato trellises are taken down, irrigation pipe is put up on racks, and tomorrow will be a major barn re-organizing day. Since we won’t need a huge area to pack the summer CSA boxes, we can re-arrange the barn into winter mode and consolidate all the storage crops in a protected nook where we can control the temperature and humidity a little better.

Jim and I are already generating lists of things to build, fix, organize, acquire, and improve over the winter. I don’t think the idea of “done” is in our consciousness. We both are of the “it could always be improved a little more” mentality. You’d think after nearly 20 years of this we’d be in auto-pilot mode, but farming is anything but predictable. Plus those darn seed catalogs show up filled with glossy pictures, seductive names, and lofty promises. Sigh…I can’t resist.

Reflecting back, I’d say overall it was a good year. Spring was pretty rough with incessant rains during key planting times, minor flooding, and some fertility issues in the greenhouse. However, once we finally settled into summer the crops grew beautifully and we had plenty to go around. Each growing season is quite different from the next. Weather (wet or hot), pests (absence or presence), market demand (what’s the new “it” crop on the latest TV cooking show?), and numerous other factors make this farming thing a bit of a gamble. We hedge our bets by planting a lot of different crops, doing several succession plantings of most things, and diversifying our sales outlets. The CSA aspect of our business is a very important one on a practical and personal level. Your early pre-season payments buys our seed & fertilizer and pays our early spring workers . You help get this whole ball rolling. We don’t usually much money from Farmers Markets or store/restaurant sales until June-or later. On a personal level, your early commitment makes us feel respected and trusted. The fact that you give money months before seeing a single (long awaited) carrot or pea is a testament to true Community Supported Agriculture. So thank you!

NOT READY TO BE DONE WITH YOUR CSA? We still have a handful of fall shares left. Delivery begins the weekend of October 26. Click here to sign up. Four more weeks of fresh farm goodness!

If you don’t want to sign up for the fall CSA you can still get our produce at the Tacoma Proctor Farmers Market every Saturday until Dec. 21st or the Olympia Farmers Market Thurs-Sun through October and Sat-Sun in November and December.

SIGNING UP FOR 2014. We hope you enjoyed your share this season and want to join the CSA again next year. I am working with the tech person to enable the sign up wizard for the 2014 season. I’ll send out an email when that is done.

WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK: I will be adding new recipes and pictures to the website throughout the winter, so check back regularly. We also have a Facebook page that I will try to add to as well.

BOX RETURN: If you have a stockpile of wax boxes in your garage, porch, car, (fill in the blank) and they are still in good shape, we would love to get them back. You can drop them off at the Olympia Farmers Market, the Tacoma Proctor Market, or at the farm.

On behalf of Jim, myself, and our fabulous crew we hope you have a wonderful winter. Until next season…Jen


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