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Best season ever for us!  Thanks to all for sharing and making this “stay at home/urban farm” life possible for our family.  We are grateful.  The season zipped by and stayed strong all summer long. Thanks for the survey returns from our members.  The feedback on these surveys shape future seasons.  Our thoughts….. We are pleased with our crops and rotations this year.  Broccoli was abundant!, summer onions had a great harvest this season.  The peas-just amazing to us what we pulled from the vines.  We were thrilled that we were able to provide lettuce every week all season long with great variety.  We loved our baby cabbages and the high volume of kohlrabi.  Longest harvest window in a long time with the tomatoes this year.  Pepper harvest was almost too much this season and we think we may scale back a tiny bit next season.  Potatoes were almost too abundant but wonderful.  We are bringing back purple potatoes next year too-I finally convinced Scott.  A huge Thank you to Scott’s relatives the Raupp Family for the “Squash runway” and allowing us to plant our potatoes and sweet potatoes at your beautiful farm-we could not do this without their wonderful sandy soil.  The beans never overwhelmed us and we think we hit just about the right amount.  The watermelon vines tanked for some reason with many under ripe melons on the vines that we opted not to harvest.  We hoped for more melons but what we did harvest was delicious.  A bit of a disappointment.  Sweet potatoes also had a lower yield.  Again, what we harvested was good but we wanted more.  We are going to attempt to lengthen our cucumber rotation a bit this year.  We had tons! but they shut down too quickly in our opinion.  Our second big rotation of cucumbers never really did much-same as last year.  So, we have a better idea to attempt next season.  We always want more carrots!-and colorful carrots….the new hoop house will be dedicated to carrots, beets and a few other speciality root crops that we want to pamper and keep our eye on…We are already talking about next season!

COOL FACT-12,133 pounds of produce went home with our CSA members this season.

SUMMER SHARE #20 FINAL SHARE OF 2019

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-honey, ginger, potatoes, garlic, spinach, butterhead lettuce, sweet potatoes, radishes, ornamental pumpkin on a stick bouquet, winter squash, broccoli side shoots(full only) and sprouted legumes (full only)

 

Full Share.

Snack Pack Share.

Honey-Backyard honey from our hives.  Enjoy!

Ginger-Just dug.  Great in stir fry, bakery and teas.  Short storage life in fridge.  Best to freeze.

Just dug ginger.

Potatoes-Red norland and the last to come from the field.

Potato digger just went through…

and we scurried to pick them up before dark.

Maeve kept bringing us crates….

Garlic- The last of the garlic.  We replant next week.

Spinach-Another great harvest from the hoop house….We love it steamed this time of year.

 

Lettuce-A butterhead.  Sweet and juicy.

Mini butterhead ready to harvest.

Sweet potatoes- A bounty in this share.  2 varieties.  Looooooong storage life.

Harvesting the last of the sweet potatoes and chatting on the phone…

Radishes-A huge bag of snappy gems….

Ready to wash.

Pumpkin on a stick bouquet-An eggplant that looks like baby pumpkins…Snip the stems and enjoy a seasonal bouquet.  Careful stems are picky like roses.

Squash-  Snack Pack 1 Full share 2.  Members select their choice from the washed collection.

Thanks for the season….Enrollment for 2020 opens January 1st to past members and general public February 1st.

A golden glow is everywhere.

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With the chill of autumn and shorter days the pace slows in the garden. Our conversations shift to reflection of the season and goals for next.  With the completion of the hoop house-finally today!!! duties focus to clean up and get the garlic in!   Hardy crops remain.  Another 100 pounds of brussels sprouts were plucked from our wonderland.  What a great crop!

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Brussels Sprout Patch July 3rd.

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Brussels Sprout Patch October 16th.

Our final harvest came home from the squash patch….

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Last load from the field.

The hoop house chugs along with leafy greens and crunchy radishes…

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Leaf lettuce in the hoop house.

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Snappy radishes for the final share….

Plastic will be on the hoop house before the end of the day-done!  We were waiting for the perfect non windy non rainy day and today it is!

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Almost finished…

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Scott’s “selfie” from the top.

A powerhouse happy season zipped by for us and hard to believe the final share of 2019 is next week.

SUMMER SHARE #19

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Full Share

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Snack Pack.

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE

Lettuce, squash, brussels sprouts, cutting celery, potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, pepper, cabbage (full only)

Head Lettuce-A snappy final summer crunch from the hoop house….

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This week’s lettuce harvest.

Winter squash-A bounty season for us….CSA members chose their favorite….8 varieties this week.  1 for snack pack 2 for full share.

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Winter Squash washed and ready to go home…..

Brussels sprouts-TONS! Nice big bags for all the shares…..2 varieties were harvested.

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Scott weighing out the brussels sprouts.

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Ready to be packed in shares.

Cutting Celery-Use for flavoring soups and stews.  Stronger than “normal” grocery store celery.

Potatoes-We had a fantastic potato run this year.  Red golds in the Snack Pack and red norland in the full shares.

Carrots-The last of the carrots from the hoop house.  We love the robust true carrot flavor of late season carrots….

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Carrot expert.

Beets-Final beet harvest from our outdoor trough….delicious roasted.

Onions-We counted up all the storage onions and sent them home in the shares this week.

Final Peppers of the season…A great pepper year for us….picked these last gems before the frost.

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Last pepper harvest before the chill.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK.

FINAL SHARE

GINGER!!!!, honey, radish, garlic, lettuce, radish, potato, sweet potato, squash and more….

 

 

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A whirlwind of a week with not a lot of detail…..Maeve and Jennifer picked up squash and pumpkins from the patch and Scott plugged away at the hoop house every extra minute we had.  Perfect weather for the duties.  Frost is coming-maybe even snow on Sunday!  And we scurry about to get these last duties completed.

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PROGRESS!

 

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Another load of pumpkins!

And the shade cloth finally came off the hoop house….

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Hopefully next week a photo of the completed hoop house…..

SUMMER SHARE #18

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Full Share

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Snack Pack

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-SPINACH, LEEKS, POTATOES, BEAUTY HEART RADISH, WINTER SQUASH, ORNAMENTAL PUMPKIN/SQUASH, MINI LUNCHBOX PEPPERS, ITALIAN FRY PEPPER, PARSLEY, AND SEASON END SURVEY

Spinach-Another great (and bountiful) spinach harvest from the hoop house.  Enjoy!

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Scott triple rinsing the spinach.

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Air drying the spinach before we weigh and package.

Leeks-The last of our leek harvest.  And whenever I harvest these I think….these were started from seed in February.

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Leeks cleaned in the field ready to be washed.

Potatoes-A fluffy dry variety called superior.  Perfect for potato leek soup.

Beauty heart radish-not too hot and a pretty surprise when you cut into it.

Winter Squash-1 for snack, 2 for full…..members choose whatever they wish.

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Winter Squash all washed and ready for CSA Members to select a beauty.

Ornamental pumpkin/squash-Maeve and Jennifer brought truckloads in from the field.  Beautiful and unusual ornamentals.

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Mini sweet pepper mix-We picked the last of the peppers with the expected frost on Friday night.  A great pepper year.

Italian Fry Pepper-the last are from the field and we have a bounty for this week and next.

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Final pepper harvest of 2019

Survey-Year end survey is in your share this week.  We would love it if you took some time to give us a bit of feedback as to how the season went for you.  We read all and love suggestions….

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-BEETS, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, FRENCH BREAKFAST RADISHES, ONIONS, LETTUCE, SWEET POTATOES, POTATOES, AND MORE…..

 

 

An Autumn chill is in the air after 5 inches of rain came down.  Monday we hand forked the last of the orange sweet potatoes from the ground and it was HOT!  We even got a bit of a sunburn on the back of our necks…we knew we had to hustle as heavy rain was predicted-digging in mud is not fun.  Tuesday came the rain and we worked through it harvesting and washing and 4 complete outfit changes.  At least it was still warm….and then the cold.  It now finally feels like Fall has arrived.

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Brussels Sprout harvest…

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Harvest complete….and still smiling.

Scott is plugging along with the hoop house….and hopefully this weekend BIG! progress.IMG_4288

Final crops will be coming out of the ground the next few weeks.  1 more row of sweet potatoes to dig, beets, and can’t wait to peek at the ginger!  Hoop house spinach looks amazing this time of year….Such a strong season for us and we love sharing the bounty from the gardens.

 

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Hoop house spinach-and the last rotation just went in behind me…

SUMMER SHARE #17

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE

Head lettuce, flat head cabbage, carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash, garlic, brussels sprouts, beans, ornamental gourds.

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Full Share

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Snack Pack.

Head Lettuce-A great lettuce from the hoop house.  An oak leaf variety that is sweet and delicate.  Such a pretty color too!

Flat head cabbage-A mid sized variety that we love.  Delicious roasted or raw.

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Scott counting out the cabbages for the shares.

Colorful carrots-A great harvest from the hoop house and more to come….

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Maeve with the carrot harvest.

Sweet potatoes-Enjoy!  1 row done….and now onto the different colors.

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Just dug sweet potatoes.

Winter Squash-You choose….6 varieties on the table and members pick their favorite.

Garlic-3 heads in each share.  Hard to believe it is time to plant again.

Brussels Sprouts-A fantastic brussels sprouts year for us!  Started harvesting the 2nd variety this week.  Still just sneaking a few off the bottom of the stalks and we weighed out 87 pounds!

Beans-The last bean harvest of the season.  We are shocked to be picking in October.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-HEAD LETTUCE, SPINACH, RADISHES, LEEKS, POTATOES, ORNAMENTAL PUMPKIN, WINTER SQUASH, BEETS AND MORE…

LAST SHARE OCTOBER 24TH

SEASON END SURVEYS WILL BE TUCKED ON ALL THE SHARES NEXT WEEK.

We LOVE! this time of year….nothing makes us happier than sweet potato digging and the pumpkin patch.  Cool evenings and beautiful light.

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Just finished up another squash harvest.

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Evening load of squash and pumpkins….

We started the sweetpotato harvest and we are thrilled with the early peek.  Best crop in many years.

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just dug sweet potatoes in the sun.

Our 2 top priorities is to get the squash and pumpkins out of the field and the hoop house up.  We are chugging along with both big duties.

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Another load to bring home.

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Hoop house going up!

The last of the spinach was direct seeded in the hoop house.  Last rotation of lettuce going in tomorrow and another rotation of Fall radishes too.  We are happy and so satisfied with the bounty from the gardens and grateful for the good people around us that we share with all season long.

SUMMER SHARE #16

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Full Share

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Snack Pack

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-SPINACH!, HEAD LETTUCE, STORAGE ONION, BEANS, FINGERLING POTATOES, BUTTERNUT SQUASH, SWEET POTATOES, MINI LUNCHBOX SWEET PEPPERS, ITALIAN FRY PEPPER, ARUGULA

Spinach-1st harvest of the Fall Spinach from the hoop house and it is wonderful!  Sweet and juicy.

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Picking Spinach in the chilly morning.

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Before.

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After.

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Triple rinsed and ready to go home with CSA members today.

Head Lettuce-A great harvest again of the summer crisp that grows so well this time of year.

Storage Onion-Stronger than the sweet summer onions.  More to come.

Beans-We are thrilled that our late bean planting is producing.  You never know this time of year with cold temperatures and frost.  Green beans in snack pack and thin yellow filet beans in Full share.

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Maeve was the bean weigher this week.

Fingerling Potatoes-A great harvest of these gems.  Best fried or grilled.  Fantastic flavor.

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Fingerlings washed and ready.

Butternut Squash-A field of butternuts this year.  We grew 3 sizes from mini to jumbo.

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Evening Harvest with Butternuts on top.

Sweet potatoes-We just did a quick sneak peek this week to see….it looks fantastic.  3 varieties planted…more to come in future shares.  Get ready!

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This HUGE! guy is in a share this week!

Mini Lunchbox Peppers-Best harvest so far this season of these perfect snackers.

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Red Lunchbox peppers ready to pick…

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and a whole tub of orange.

Italian Fry Peppers-These sweet peppers are having a great season.  We harvest every 3 days and cannot believe how they color up.

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Morning Pepper harvest.

Arugula-2nd and final cutting of this favorite spicy treat.

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Arugula harvest.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-ORNAMENTAL PUMPKIN, DECORATIVE GOURDS, CARROTS, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, HEAD LETTUCE, PEPPERS, RADISH, CARNIVAL SQUASH AND MORE…..

 

 

 

 

Such a great week-again….! A huge lettuce HARVEST came out of the hoop house. 3 rotations at once in this heat.  Harvest, triple rinsed , chilled, and hoop house replanted by dinnertime.  A whirlwind but we wanted to transplant the last of the spinach seedlings out and direct seed in some leafy greens.  We continue to gather up the winter squash and what a bounty.

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Winter Squash harvesting.

Scott was able to start some Fall garden clean up.  Always a huge job and sometimes gets pushed to the back burner.  Feels good to see the cucumber trellis down and summer squash patch disappear….AND slowly the new hoop house is being assembled.

Next week we peek at the sweet potatoes-it looks to be a good season for us.  We planted 3 varieties and we look forward to eating the 1st one.

 

SUMMER SHARE #15

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Full

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Snack Pack

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-Head lettuce, pac choi, edamame, mini sweet lunchbox peppers, italian fry peppers, baby bell peppers, brussels sprouts, shallots, yellow filet beans, green beans (full only), spaghetti squash

Head lettuce-A fantastic hoop house harvest.  Juicy summer crisp.

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Head lettuce in the morning sun.

Pac choi-This is the final pac choi of the season.  Snappy and as I mentioned my all time favorite and Maeve’s go to for after school snack.  We eat it raw.

Edamame-We planted the edamame rotations 3 weeks apart and they reached harvest 3 days apart!  210 pounds between the 2.  Crazy!  Enjoy the abundance.

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Edamame on the stalk.  2nd rotation.

Mini Fry Peppers-These are great added to a dish or the perfect snacker.  Sweet and thin skinned.

Baby Bells-They just won’t quit!  This is the last of these little beauties.

Brussels Sprouts-Here they come!  1st picking of sneaking a few of the bottom gave us 100 pounds.

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Brussels Sprouts ready to harvest.

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Heaven!

Shallots-A few in each share.  We harvest these a few weeks back and they are cured and ready to go.  Great flavor.  Us as you would an onion or leek.  Best cooked.

Yellow Filet bean-Thin and perfect.  This was one of our “Hail Mary” crops several weeks back.  You never know at this time of year with cooler temperature if you will get a crop at all…this warm week was perfect.

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Yellow Filet Bean.

Green Bean-(Full Only) The last green bean rotation flowered again and we were able to pick some for full share only this week.

Spaghetti Squash-  This is the last of the spaghetti squash for the season.  Small single serving in the snack packs and bigger ones in Full share.  Roast in the oven and scrap the fiber like noodles from the shell.  Makes a great casserole too.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-CARROTS, FINGERLING POTATOES, STORAGE ONIONS, HEAD LETTUCE, WINTER SQUASH AND MORE…

5 WEEKS REMAIN LAST SHARE OCTOBER 24TH.

 

 

 

Autumn Bounty from the gardens.  A wonderful week of finishing up our potato harvest with the last crop of fingerlings out of the ground.

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Last potato variety out of the ground.  Fingerlings!  Beautiful.  These gems will be in future CSA shares.

We are thrilled with our potato harvest this year.  All varieties except 1 exceeded our expectations.  The red norland harvest was amazing.  We hand dug a few extra early to kick off the season and then when they sized up used the potato digger.  A bounty.  And our test run of 20 pounds of seed potatoes of those sweet little mini “marbles” were a favorite.

Our 1st rotation of edamame is in the share this week.  Huge yield.  In years past we had groundhog issues early in the seasons.  These furry “friends” thought we planted the crop for their dinner and often times chomped down 1/2 the row.  Not this year.  We were proactive and fenced off early.    It took us a full day to pull the pods from the stems and we had help from our friend Barbara to get the job done.  Over 100 pounds and the 2nd rotation ready too.  Best ever.

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Edamame harvest begins….

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1st load up to the garage for cleaning.

We transplanted out more winter over spinach in the hoop house and late season lettuce too.  We have a bit more spinach to get in the ground but wait for space to free up.  Final tomatoes were picked This has been our longest harvest of tomatoes in many years.  We are grateful for such a bounty.

Our focus transitions to getting the winter squash, pumpkins and Fall ornamental out of the field and curing.  As the vines die back we see tons!  I told Scott we need tee shirts made that say “holy butternut!”.  4 different varieties went in from mini to jumbo and as far as the eye can see it it butternut heaven out there.  We are thankful to Scott’s relatives the Raupp Family for the space and help in allowing us to have the winter squash runway on their beautiful family farm.  This bounty is all because of them.  I cannot say enough.  Winter Squash and ornamentals are my #1 favorite and make me so happy.

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Happiness-pie pumpkins from the field.

We roasted 1 of those pie pumpkins as a taste test. We strained it off and I made a savory pumpkin curry soup for dinner to kick off the season.  Delicious!  Next up pumpkin biscuits.

6 shares to go…October 24th Final share of the season.

SUMMER SHARE #14  1102 pounds of garden delights today.

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Full Share

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Snack Pack

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-Pac choi, romaine head lettuce, 1 slice tomato, acorn squash, pie pumpkin, Italian fry pepper, baby bell peppers, kohlrabi, radishes, edamame, storage onion, garlic, broccoli (full only)

Pac choi-Yes I am still on my “I LOVE” pac choi kick”….Nothing better! It is Maeve’s go to snack raw, we add it to salads for crunch, saute in stir fry and great in broth.  Enjoy!

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Pac choi crop in the hoop house ready to harvest.

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What a beauty!

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Soaking in the dunk tank.

Romaine head lettuce-Sweet crunchy  leaves.  Great flavor and texture…and did you know you can grill it?

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Romaine at harvest.

Tomato-1 for everyone and this ends our slice tomato season.  Best run in many years.  Great yield this season.

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Last harvest from the tomato patch.

 

Acorn Squash-1st squash out of the patch.  Enjoy the 1st taste of autumn.

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Washed acorn squash ready for the shares.

Pie Pumpkin-Great flavor and smooth texture.  Roast and add to tomato sauce, chili, soups, and bakery.

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Maeve bringing the pie pumpkins from the field.

Italian Fry Pepper-So pretty and so sweet.

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Look like candy.

Baby Bells-Another huge baby bell peppers harvest.  We are shocked at the number of peppers these plants have produced.  Perfect for snacking or added to salads or soups.

Kohlrabi-last kohlrabi harvest of the season. A CSA favorite.

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Scott harvesting the kohlrabi.

Radish-1st autumn harvest of these snappy treats.

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Morning radish harvest.

Edamame-LOVE! this as a snack….boil 3 minutes in salty water and enjoy the bean hot or cold.

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Edamame cleaning the pods from the stalks.

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107 pounds!

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Edamame ready for the shares.

Onion-1st storage onions of the season

Garlic-1 head in snack pack 2 in full.  Hard to believe it is almost time to replant.

Broccoli-(full only) side shoots from the powerhouse plants.

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Broccoli side shoots.  Yum!

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-BRUSSELS SPROUTS!, SHALLOTS, HEAD LETTUCE, FALL SPINACH???, SQUASH,  CABBAGE AND MORE….