Fall 2014 Weekly Farm Updates - October 8th
This week our members are enjoying the following fresh produce:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Yukon Gold Potatoes
- Rose Gold Potatoes
- Fingerling Potatoes
- Bell Peppers
- Summer Squash
- Winter Squash (Kabocha & Butternut)
- Red & Yellow Raspberries
- Garden of Eden pole beans
- Fortex pole beans
- Red Russian, Dinosaur & Tuscano Kale
Man is the farm lovely this time of year. Some days, I can barely convince myself to leave. With the pumpkins coloring the landscape, and lots of fresh, plowed fields holding the promise of next year’s bounty, there’s beauty as far as the eye can see.
And speaking of next year, I spent some time in the strawberry patches with Steven this week. The plants went in the ground in early September, and they’re already happily sending out runners and putting out berries. I was amazed to learn that our little pals were stored at 29° after being boxed up at the berry nursery, so that they would keep all summer long before we planted them this fall. I would have assumed that freezing them would kill them, but I love learning how very wrong I can be about things on the farm.
Even though we are enjoying snacking on the sweet strawberries, we don’t want the plants to put too much energy into fruiting and runners, so we’ll be snipping those off so they can store their energy up for the winter. It won’t be long now before we put them to bed, all snuggled up under their row cover blankets, to wait out the colder months, until they can really do their thing this spring.
Steven has a friend in Europe who recommended a certain strawberry variety to try out, so it will be fun to see what happens with this tiny part of the patch. Fingers crossed, the experiment will go well, but of course we won’t know for quite some time.
The crew is still working hard picking raspberries, digging potatoes, and combing the tomato rows for any last holdouts, but this week they to turned their attention to picking pumpkins. I ran down to the fields to get in on the fun, but the truth is, most of these pumpkins are so heavy, I can barely lift them. I’ve had my eye on a 60 lb polar bear pumpkin for a while, and I finally convinced Ryan to load it in the back of my Jeep yesterday. I have to say, it must have been a very amusing sight watching me heave it into a wheel barrow from my car once I got home. I wasn’t laughing, but I’m sure any witnesses, had their been any, would have been.
The crew effortlessly tossed the pumpkins to Chris & Ryan as they loaded them into the bakery van, which we christened in the fields for the first time, and then Ryan headed off to Mom’s Apple Pie in Leesburg to pile them up for sale at the shop. I can’t wait to see how cute they look outside that charming little building!