From the Farmer
We have one change as we head into Week 13. The Tuesday and Thursday hours will be modified starting this week to 11:30a.m. to 6:30p.m.. I hope this isn’t a problem for anyone. Your last CSA pickup for the season will be the week of October 22 and winter share will start November 3.
I’m so impressed that so many of you have already signed up for the winter share. And what’s most impressive is that most of you have signed up for the whole winter (Nov-early March). We are pretty excited about the storage crops that we have already brought in from the field. The most we have ever harvested at this time of year is 12. This year, we have already brought in 20 bins! Thanks to talented farmers and the irrigation you helped us secure, our yields have been incredible this season. I hope you love parsnips because they are the best we have ever grown. So far the sweet potato is gorgeous so, keep you fingers crossed. And we have plenty of potatoes, carrots and beets too.
The u-pick greens for the winter share were planted late last week and I expect most of them are poking up through the soil. And greens for the deep winter share will be seeded down in the greenhouse in the next week. They will be ready to transplant into the moveable house by mid-October and you should be able to harvest them by the end of December or at the latest, early January .
Not everything goes as planned! We have to apologize for the u-pick herbs. The weeds just got away from us and we got tired of looking at them every time we walked past them. They’ll get moved to a different location next year that doesn’t have the weekly pressure of the parking lot field.
If you would like to pick cherry tomatoes you can do so in the field just past the moveable house or if you want to take little walk you can stroll out to the corn field and there is another tomato field with lots of cherry tomatoes there. Please feel free to take a quart of cherry tomatoes this week.
See you at the farm,
So you’re hooked on that fresh local, tasty, organically produced vegetables all summer long. Why not join our WINTER CSA?
The winter share is a very generous share and will keep you out of the produce section of your grocery store all winter long. You should expect to receive approximately 35lbs. of produce every other week.
Pick your own greens are popular part of the share. They include spinach, arugula, broccoli rabe, Asian greens, escarole, bok choy and napa cabbage. Many of the items you will receive are already in the ground, growing quite happily. Items like butternut squash, sweet potatoes, onion and potatoes will grow all season before being harvested and brought into our cold storage. Others will be finding their spots in the fields during the summer or staying as seedlings in the greenhouse until the middle of October.
Using row covers, a rolling greenhouse and our cold storage, we are able to offer a wide variety of produce throughout most of the winter. The full list of items includes: Acorn squash, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Spouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Herbs, Japanese Turnips, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce Mix, Mixed Asian Greens, Parsnips, Potatoes, Onions, Radishes, Rutabaga, Sweet Potatoes,Swiss Chard, Spinach,Turnips and Watermelon Radishes.
Winter pick-ups are at the farm every other Saturday morning from, 10 AM – 1 PM for the months of November and December. If you can’t make it every Saturday we set up a distribution area in one of our cold storage units so that you can pick up the following Sunday or Monday. The cost is just $285 and includes u-pick greens.
The Logistics for Deep Winter
Our Deep Winter share is held every other week starting in early January through mid March. The Deep Winter Share is a self-service share and you are able to pick up on Saturday, Sunday,Monday or Tuesday of the pick-up week. Most shares include 25 lbs of organic produce plus, u-pick greens from the greenhouse. The cost of this share is $250.
The cost if you sign-up for both Winter and Deep Winter(Combo Share) it’s just $495. Head over to the website to sign up now for great produce all winter long!
11th Annual U-Pick Tomato Event
Thank you to everyone who turned out for the 11th annual u-pick tomato event. A lot of shareholders were there, as well as many of the local people who come year after year for this event. Close to 4000 pounds of tomatoes were picked on that first day! Tomato u-pick is now going on everyday, from 9 am to 6 pm, until there are no more. (This is usually right around the time of the first frost.) So if you weren’t able to come out before, you still have time.
Let us know what you are doing with all of the tomatoes you picked! We would love to see your pictures and take a look at the recipes. Here are a few we have seen on our Facebook page.
Simone Park’s Sun Dried Tomatoes – Before & After