CSA Newsletter – Week 18 – October 17, 2018

by jennifer on October 17, 2018

week 18 2018
We encourage you to pack your share into your own bags and leave your box at the site. If you do take your box, please return it to the site or farmers market before next Wednesday.

If you still owe $ on your share, please make a payment as soon as possible, or contact us to work out a payment plan.

I can’t believe another season has come and gone. This one flew by particularly fast. It was a bit of a whirlwind for us as there were some crazy conditions to contend with. Most notably was the absence of 2 long time workers. Both Rita and Isaac, 17 and 12 years at the farm respectively, moved on to new life adventures. The both were such great workers and full of knowledge that they readily shared with the new crew. Smoke from wild fires made conditions very unpleasant for a few weeks and had a slight impact on crops. However, the biggest challenge was the heat. We are lucky to have a heavier soil that usually holds moisture well, but it was a challenge to move the irrigation sets through the fields fast enough. All in all, it was an abundant year. We try to plant enough of a diversity in crops and many successions to ensure a good variety in the CSA boxes. We hope you enjoyed your share.

As much as we hate to say goodbye to our favorite summer veggies, we are looking forward to a slightly reduced work schedule. For the next few weeks we will focus on farm clean-up, organization, and inventory. I kind of enjoy the process. I like to have all my ducks in a row going into the winter. Most importantly, I like to do as much as possible ahead of time to prepare for potential floods. There is a lot of “stuff” needed to run a farm on the daily: hand tools, tractors, boxes, bags, scales, greenhouse benches, etc. Anything not tied down can theoretically float away (or suffer damage as in the case of tractors). We have tons of loft space to which we will move all of the stuff we are not currently using and just leave the essentials down in the danger zone. Most years we only experience minor flooding and no water reaches the barns, but I don’t like to risk it. What is the old saying, “An ounce of prevention = a pound of cure”?

beets or chard
cabbage or lettuce
potatoes-Russian banana
yellow onions
red onions
purple and yellow carrots
pie pumpkin

Colored carrots: We grew purple and yellow carrots and they took their own sweet time to mature. These carrots are best cooked, as the texture is not as crisp and delicate as the orange ones. Roast in the oven, cook on the grill, add to a stew, etc
Pie pumpkin:  These babies are delightfully sweet, perfect for pies, muffins, soups, or what have you. Don’t forget to toast your seeds! Rinse seeds, toss with Tamari, and roast in the oven on 400 until crisp. Stir every 5 minutes or so. Takes about 15-20 minutes.
Russian Banana potatoes: I hate you leave you with “ugly” potatoes in the last box, but this variety was hit hard by surface damage. They are so delicious, though. Simply do a rough peel with a potato peeler and you are good to go.
Rosemary: Thank Miles for your extra generous branch of rosemary. If you don’t get around to using it all right away, hang it up in your kitchen and it will dry in about a week. Store in a jar until ready to use.

THANK YOU! Jim and I would like to thank you for joining us this summer. There are so many CSA farms in the area to choose from and we are honored that you settled on us. We hope you will join us next year as well. Registration for 2019 will open up in early January. I will send an email link.

We hope you all have a restful fall and winter. Be sure to come see us at the Olympia Farmers market and Tacoma Proctor market. We plan on being there all fall/winter.

All the Best!
Jen & Jim

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