Posted by Andre Cantelmo :: Saturday, October 3 :: 4:19am
What change it has been to have mud on the farm rather than dust! For the first time in over three months we aren't worried about irrigation. We received 3.5 inches of rain on Wednesday and it felt wonderful. This rain will be vital in ripening some of our fall crops where water was no longer available for irrigation.
The welcome rain this week takes the sting out of our losses to frost last Sunday morning. In my previous 14 years on the farm the earliest recorded frost was on October 5th. This year's on September 27th is more than a week earlier than that date, and in recent years frosts have come after the 20th of October so it was quite a surprise. Not all tender crops were affected, but the cucumbers were severely damaged and won't yield much more. Zucchini and summer squash were damaged. We lost a bean planting, although others remain. A sweet corn planting next to those beans was also ruined. I'm just glad we didn't lose more!
As promised, winter squash appear in your shares this week. Butternut and Kabocha will be available for certain and possibly Delicata and Acorn. While the tomatoes survived the frost, this weather does nothing good for their happiness. We'll see how they look next week.
Now is the time to sign up for the winter CSA. We're beginning to bring in some beautiful storage crops and our greens are looking great. Good food to keep you warm on those cold winter days.
This week's share:
Full Share Half Share
2 lbs potatoes 1 lb potatoes
2 lbs carrots 1 lb carrots
1 lb beans 1/2 lb beans
4 onions 2 onions
2 sweet peppers 1 sweet pepper
1 green pepper 1 green pepper
4 ears sweet corn 2 ears sweet corn
6 apples 3 apples
2 winter squash 1 winter squash
2 bags salad greens 1 bag salad greens
1 bunch kale 1 bunch kale
1 eggplant 1 eggplant