Fall 2014 Weekly Farm Updates - October 1st
Week 20 — I honestly cannot believe how quickly this season has flown by; just two more baskets after tomorrow. I sincerely hope that everyone has enjoyed everything we have lovingly grown, picked and packed up. It’s been a trying year, for many reasons, but a wonderful one above all else.
Our members are enjoying the following fresh produce in their shares:
- Fortex pole beans
- Garden of Eden beans
- Lima Beans
- Red & Yellow Raspberries
- Mixed bundle Red Russian & Dinosaur Kale
- Sweet Potatoes
- Fingerling Potatoes
- Rose Gold Potatoes
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Lunchbox Peppers
- Bell Peppers
- Winter Squash (Butternut, Kabocha & Acorn)
This week there are some exciting additions to our shares. I’m thrilled that the butternut squashes have finally ripened enough to send them out, as they are my favorite! We still have more Kabocha’s & other squashes ripening in the field, so don’t fret, there's more where that came from. There is so much that you can do with this delicious fall staple, from soups, to roasting, to sautéing, to pies, it’s a seriously versatile winter squash. I love it any way I can get it!
We're also sharing the first of the cured sweet potatoes this week. They'll find anywhere from one to three inside their burlap bags, as these guys ranged in size from pygmy to ginormous. The ginormous tubers will end up in our sweet potato pies, as trust me, you just wouldn’t even know what to do with them, but the rest I attempted to divvy up as evenly as I could. We were really hoping to have loads and loads of these guys to go around, but if you’ll remember back to our potato problems, we’re happy to have any at all. So mash them, french fry them, roast them or bake them, but please, do savor them.
This will most likely be the last week of peppers, both bell and lunchbox, as the nights are cooling down enough to begin to halt their production. I’m bummed to see them go, but all good produce must come to an end, until next year that is.
This week Steven has been working hard to create raised beds around the newest blackberry & raspberry plants. Ultimately he would have done this way back in May, before planting, but as the season and problems progressed, these plants found themselves surrounded in weeds and on even ground. Steven estimates that he created about 10 times more work for himself, having to go back and dig these berry bushes out of their weedy nests, and then build raised beds around them, rather then transplanting them into the already raised soil. Hindsight is always 20/20, but there’s not much we can do about that now. The good news is, they’ll be super happy come next year, and that was the goal regardless.
I hope everyone is loving the raspberries as much as we are. I admit, I have to restrain myself from eating too many as I package them up. I check each berry — yes every single berry! — to make sure they don’t have the dreaded spotted winged drosophila in them, so please know that a lot of love and care has gone into getting those delicious treats to your table.