Summer 2014 Weekly Farm Updates - September 3rd
Week 16 of the CSA season! Wow, this summer really has flown by. I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend and that all the kiddos got back to school okay. Although the season is beginning to wind down, we still have plenty of produce for our members, and will have some new things in the coming weeks that I’m excited about. Namely, winter squashes! I was walking the fields yesterday after the rain roared through and I couldn’t help but think about all the butternut squash recipes I’ll get to share in the next few weeks. Butternuts are one of my absolute favorite winter squashes, so I was thrilled to see so many of them doing so well in the pumpkin patches.
Speaking of the pumpkin patches, we’ve got a touch of powdery mildew spreading through, but luckily it’s late enough in the season that it shouldn’t affect the squashes and pumpkins. If it had turned up earlier we might have lost the whole patch, but fingers crossed, all is well out there in the fields.
This week some of our CSA members are getting their first taste of Roma beans, which Steven really loves. They cook super fast and are really tasty. But please, learn from my mistake — this little guy isn’t meant to be eaten raw! He’s fuzzy and furry and needs to be cooked before he’s super tasty. Ryan had a quite a good chuckle as I stuffed one in my mouth in the cooler before he could stop me. So please, fuzzy raw Roma’s — just say no! They grow like crazy, and with our fertile soil, we've had to plant these guys almost two feet apart to keep them from being too prolific, but as you know, our beans grow like mad whether we try to keep them from doing so or not. So hopefully our members will love them as much as Steven does. I’m excited to get some home to try, as this is a new bean for me.
As things wind down, we are beginning to turn our attention to next year, though just barely at this stage of the summer. Remember a few weeks ago when I included that picture of a fertile field just waiting to be planted? Well it has been! And it’s full of strawberries. People might get sick of beans and asparagus, but I cannot imagine anyone complaining about too many strawberries, so I’m looking forward to loading everyone up next season. And for open-faced strawberry pies, of course!!
I sincerely hope everyone has been enjoying the corn these last weeks. I know our members have been getting a lot of it, and our hope is that they will share their surplus ears if they're feeling overloaded. And I hope they handle the worms better than I do! That’s the price we all pay for not spraying the crop with nasty pesticides. As the summer has progressed, the worms have gotten worse, and I swear some of them seem to want to fight back when I fling them into my trashcan at home. And I admit, I squeal with displeasure when they nash their wormy pincers at me, but I’d take scary worms over scary sprays any day.
We certainly never expected the corn to do even half as well as it has, and if you knew how much we’ve given to the pigs and chickens, it would shock you. Typically the last plantings are ravaged by stink bugs, but this year, that stinky pest hasn’t been as a big of a pest, and while we’re happy about that, we’re left trying to figure out what to do with all of the extras. I’ve been freezing some at home, and I hope you will as well. I’m looking forward to those cold January days when I can pull a cob out of the back of the freezer and remember how wonderful summer tastes