CSA Newsletter- Box 12- September 7th, 2011

by jennifer on September 7, 2011

This week feels like an official shift on the farm. We went away for the weekend and upon our return we could see the fields with a refreshed vision. Though the current temperatures bespeak high summer, we are looking ahead to the upcoming fall tasks. The dry beans are dying back and are very nearly ready to harvest. We doubled the patch from last year so it will be no small feat. Onions that were pulled and laid out last week are just about ready to clean and bag. The shallots actually got done yesterday. Winter squash vines are also dying back revealing splotches of orange, green, and yellow where the pumpkins, acorns, and delicata lay in wait. New garlic seed has been ordered and will be planted later this month. (Since we struggle with white rot in the fields we cannot save our own garlic seed.) Cover crop seed is also on the way. As the weeks wear on we will till in expired crops and plant crimson clover and triticale to help regenerate the soil and protect it from the relentless winter rains and potential floods. But before we get too carried away with fall prep, we are revelling in this heat and enjoying each long awaited day of it. Cold wet spring? What cold wet spring? It is but a distant memory….

We farmers are not the only ones enjoying the heat. The tomatoes are saying “Well, it’s about time!” and have produced a bumper crop. This week we finally have enough of the heirloom and specialty types to pass out to you. You may receive one or more of the following (in addition to our old faithful Early Girl): Moskovich, Pink Beauty, or Arbason.

Getting everything into your box was a challenge this week. Usually we have only 3 of us packing boxes, but today due to a later start time, a unplanned abundance of corn to pick, and the sheer quantity of food to hand out, 6 of us shimmied around each other distributing this or that. This might be a good week to spontaneously invite the neighbors over for dinner!

What’s In the Box?
beets or chard
red cabbage
green beans
French fingerling potatoes
copra onion
red cippolini onion
green zucchini
Italian zucchini
sungold cherry tomatoes
red tomatoes
2 varieties of slicing cukes:Marketmore and Diva
basil or cilantro

Rotational: green pepper

Fall CSA Shares:We are now accepting registration for the Fall CSA Share. This is an additional 4 weeks of CSA deliveries that will begin the weekend of October 22nd. We are offering one size of share, as many of the crops given will store for weeks (or months) so there should be little fear of not using it all. The Cost is $110.
Owing to the fact that our crew dwindles down to nearly nothing in November, we are only delivering shares to the Olympia Farmers Market on weekends, since we will be there anyway.
Crops offered in the Fall Share:winter squash (5 varieties), carrots, beets, parsnips, rutabagas, turnips, potatoes (4 types), onions, shallots, red and green cabbage, brussel sprouts, leeks, radishes, chard, kale, and maybe a few other surprises.

How to sign up: Our current online sign-up wizard is unable to process the fall shares at this time. (Long story). So you will have to be old-school about it and print out this paper form and send in a check.

Enjoy this hot sun and yummy food while you can!


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