Archive for August, 2017

The last day of August and we are amazed that the summer has zipped right by.  We had a great week here.   School starts tomorrow and we spent these last few days at a slower pace enjoying our remaining days of summer with Maeve and sleeping late.  A few crops came from the gardens.  A bounty of carrots were pulled from the hoop house and outside beds.  It was a fun 2 days of harvest for us.



The funniest carrot we found below….


Maeve and Scott started the 2nd pear harvest and we plucked the last of the delicious watermelon from the patch.  A fun week.  Next week we tackle some clean up and hook up the new potato digger again and get the next round of potatoes from the field.


Such a great season for us!  Lots of treats this week.  1031 pounds of goodness going home with share members.




romaine head lettuce, spaghetti squash, sweet peppers, pint cherry tomatoes, 2 slice tomatoes, carrots, turnips, pears, shallots, and watermelon

Romaine Head lettuce-Delicious lettuce again from the hoop house.  Nice big crunchy heads.


Romaine ready to harvest.

Spaghetti Squash-A late season treat. And the start of our late season squash harvest.


Maeve with the spaghetti squash she harvested this week.

Sweet Peppers-We harvested an assortment again and several appear in each share.


This week’s pepper harvest.

Cherry Tomatoes-A pint again in every snack pack share.


Cherry tomato harvest after hours of picking.

Carrots!-Delicious….we harvested a bounty in 2 days this week.  4 different varieties.  Enjoy!


Carrots in the hoop house ready to harvest.

Maeve helped harvest all the carrots and did the official taste test too.

Turnips-Surprise!  We thought we would give it a shot and grow a quick crop of early turnips as we love them so much.  It worked thanks to the cool temperatures the last few weeks.


Turnips in the hoop house.


Turnip Surprise!

Shallots-We are thrilled to have shallots this season as honestly we forgot to start them last year.  They have been curing for 3 weeks and are ready to eat.  Enjoy and more to come….

Pears!-These beauties are off the second of 3 varieties of trees we planted 8 years ago.


The pear trees are loaded with fruit.

Watermelon-We pulled the last of the watermelon from the patch.  3 weeks of watermelon this season!  Enjoy the last of this summer treat.


Maeve and Scott pulling the last of the watermelons from the field.



Romaine head lettuce, leaf lettuce, spaghetti squash, sweet peppers, shishito sweet peppers, quart cherry tomato, 4 slice tomatoes, carrots, turnips, pears, shallots, yellow beans, watermelon.

Romaine head lettuce-the last romaine from the hoop house this season.


Hoop house romaine at harvest.

Leaf Lettuce-fluffy delicious and sweet….enjoy!


Triple rinsed, chilled and ready to bag leaf lettuce harvest from the hoop house.

Spaghetti squash-Bake and enjoy with a light sauce or even salt and butter.


Maeve helped with the spaghetti squash harvest and felt pretty cool about it all when done….

Sweet peppers-Another bounty from the long pepper row.  We picked and assortment and several are in every share.


Pretty peppers.

Shishito Sweet Peppers-A nice sized bag of these sweet beauties again this week.


Shishito Peppers.

Quart Cherry Tomatoes-Another quart again this week.


Pretty cherry tomatoes after a quick rinse….

Slice tomatoes-Choose 4 beauties this week.  The patch is slowing down with the cool nights and shorter day length. Our slice tomato season is coming to an end…..

Carrots-Tons of carrots came from the garden this week-enjoy! 4 varieties and this is the start.  Nothing better than a garden carrot.


Carrot harvest from the outside trough.


Big carrots from the outdoor carrot trough.

Turnips-We planted a surprise crop of our favorite turnips in the hoop house.  Enjoy!


Maeve picking the turnips…


Harvest complete.

Shallots-The start of our storage shallot/onions.  2 varieties of shallots were planted this year after completely forgetting to start the seeds last year!

Yellow wax beans-We thought the plants were done but they produced enough this week for Full shares.

Pears-The start of a great harvest.  Sweet and delicious.



Watermelon-The last of the watermelons from the patch…a sigh to us as the turn to the season…

Auntie Howdy are the leaves changing by you????


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A happy week here.  The season is transitioning to Autumn with shorter days, we see the maple trees changing colors and wear long sleeve shirts in the mornings.  Our days start a little later and end a little earlier as daylight fades.  I love this time of year.

We peeked at the winter squash patch and were thrilled at what we saw.  A favorite crop is just around the corner and a true sign that Autumn is near.

Winter Squash coloring up.

And pie pumpkins too.

We were glad the clouds parted briefly for Maeve to get a look at the eclipse and experience this amazing event.



Looking at the sun!

We had another huge harvest of tomatoes from the garden this week. So pleased and relieved as the crop is so much better than the last 2 years even with the cool wet Spring and cool nights now….we are grateful.  More watermelons came from the patch this week too.   An amazing season for us and so happy to share the bounty.


We jumped over 1000 pounds again this week.  1145 pounds rolling out of here! 

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-It is fun to say yet another great bounty this week!  We held off on the carrot harvest until next week with all the goodness harvested this week.  Carrot bonanza next week!



Head lettuce, kale, pint cherry tomatoes, slice tomatoes, sweet summer onions,  mini shishito sweet peppers, sweet peppers, cabbage, beans, watermelon, corn, red norland potatoes

Head lettuce-A new summer favorite variety.  Cherokee head lettuce.  Beautiful and sweet.


Cherokee head lettuce at harvest.

Kale-We have been trying to sneak this in the shares for weeks…this is the week. A favorite of mine.  Fresh in salads slightly wilted, great in soups, and of course kale crisp is a treat!  An assorted bunch in every share.


Kale soaking in the dunk tank.

Cherry Tomatoes-A HUGE! cherry tomato harvest this week and several new varieties ripening up.  A sweet and beautiful on called sunchocola that is a pretty shade of brown.


Sunchocola Cherry tomatoes at harvest.

Slice tomatoes-Delicious and tons to choose from.


This week’s tomato harvest.  Phew!

Sweet summer onions-This is the end of our sweet summer onion harvest.  We will make the transition to storage onions and shallots in the next few weeks.


Last of the sweet summer onions.

Sweet Peppers-We picked an assorted bounty and a few will be in every share.  The peppers are just starting to really ripen.  Looking forward to the delicious Italian fry peppers….



Shishito sweet peppers-We are thrilled with these little sweet peppers that taste just like thin skinned green bells.


More shishito peppers!  Delicious!

Chinese Cabbage- Mini chinese napa cabbage from the garden…we love this mini variety called Minuet.

Watermelon!  Another bounty from the patch.  Sweet!


Maeve and I doing the watermelon check for this week…

Yellow wax beans-The last of the yellow beans in the field, 2 more rotations of beans are out there yet to finish up the season.


The last harvest of the yellow beans.

Corn-Last Corn pick too….Thank you uncle Jim for this special treat.

Potatoes-AND the last of the red norlands too…..we start harvesting the other 4 varieties next week.



Head lettuce, kale, cucumbers, quart of cherry tomatoes, slice tomatoes, sweet summer onions, sweet peppers, mini sweet peppers, cabbage, watermelon, corn, radish, beans, potatoes.

Head lettuce-we are still hitting our goal of lettuce every week this season and this week is another head of pretty Cherokee.  Delicious!


Cherokee Head Lettuce at morning harvest.

Kale-A great mix of beautiful leaves.  Saute, add to soups, fresh in salads or crisps a treat.


Washed and ready to bundle.

Cucumbers-The official end to the cucumber crop.  A variety called olympian from our 2nd planting.

Quart of Cherry Tomatoes-The cherry tomatoes are hitting their peak this week.


Pretty “blueberry” cherry tomatoes at harvest.


Cherry tomatoes ripening on the vine….


The harvest after hours of picking.

Slice tomatoes-A bounty and we are thrilled…such a better crop than the last 2 seasons.

Sweet Summer Onions-The end of the summer onion harvest…next up storage onions and shallots!


Scott onion cleaning.


And packing….

Sweet Peppers-A beautiful harvest and the peppers season is just starting.  Here they come.


Peppers ready for the shares.

Mini Sweet munching peppers-The 1st pick of these beauties.  A favorite.


Portioned out and ready for Full shares this week.

Cabbage-The last of our Caraflex pointy cabbage harvest. Perfect for a meal or 2 or a delicious slaw.

Watermelon-More sweets from the patch.


Maeve doing this week’s taste test.

Corn-The last sweet corn pick for us at Uncle Jim’s.  Thank you Uncle Jim!!!

Radishes-We had a bit of space in the hoop house between crops and snuck a row in for Full Share members as a late summer treat.




Snappy Hoop house radishes at harvest.

Yellow wax beans-The last of the yellow beans. 2 more bean rotations in the garden to finish up the season.


Final yellow bean pick.

Red Norland Potatoes-the last of the red potatoes….4 more varieties in the field.  We start digging next week.

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The huge harvests from the garden are keeping our days full.  The summer bounty is here and it feels great.  We have beautiful tomatoes everywhere after 2 big harvests from the garden that we had to use the tractor with a pallet to bring up the loads.  Our autumn crops are sizing up and we even planted a nice long row of late late broccoli this week that we usually harvest with the 1st snow if all works out.  It’s iffy but Scott and I feel it’s worth the try as it is always such a treat.  More spinach and lettuces was transplanted into the hoop house and we even got a tiny bit of weeding done and seeding in for late season leafy green crops.  A strong week here with a much needed drenching rain.



Tomatoes everywhere!


Hoop house is chugging along…the carrots we are going to be eating next week are off to the left.


Autumn leafy greens and spinach seeding in this week.



The start of Share packing….


1244 pounds!!!  WOW!

Yet another great share this week.  Such a great season for us.  We are thrilled that the sweet watermelon is here and more delicious corn from Uncle Jim.  Both perfect for August meals.



Romaine head lettuce, watermelon, cone head cabbage, pint cherry tomato, slice tomatoes, sweet peppers, leeks, garlic, zucchini, cucumbers, BIG! kohlrabi and corn

Romaine head lettuce-A great harvest and a great late summer lettuce from the hoophouse.  Thick flavorful leaves and perfect for BLT’s.


Romaine in the hoop house.

Pointy Head Cabbage-Not the shape we are use to seeing but the same flavor as the “normal” round head.  it is a variety called caraflex and we thought it would be fun.

Pint Cherry tomatoes-The usual washed delicious mix.  So pretty and so flavorful.


Washed cherry tomatoes with that neat one that always has a star at the top.

Slice tomatoes-A bounty this week and many to choose from….enjoy!


Beautiful red slicers ready to go home this week.

Sweet Peppers-We picked an assortment again this week and 2 are in every share.  We NEVER put hot peppers in the shares all sweet.  Hot peppers are on the “extra table” for you to take if you like them.

Leeks-A favorite crop of mine.  We grew 4 varieties this season and this is the earliest variety.  A summer leek called King Richard.


Scott leek washing after a great harvest.

Garlic-We set the goal to have garlic in the shares all season long.  More for you this week….


Our cleaned garlic.

Zucchini-The end of the zucchini season for us.  The zucchini patch did great this year and I am ready to eat something else…

Cucumbers-may be the end of the cucumbers too…..the vines are slowing way way down.


Cucumbers ready to be bagged in Snack Pack Shares.

Kohlrabi-This is the BIG! german variety.  Thick skinned and sweet tender flesh.


Corn-More fantastic corn from Uncle Jim….Delicious!

Watermelon-They are here!  Sweet sweet watermelon.  We grew several varieties this season.  Flesh colors are yellow, orange, red, pink, and white!  A surprise when you cut into it.



Hauling up the harvest.



Romaine head lettuce, pointy cabbage, quart of cherry tomatoes, slice tomatoes, sweet peppers, leeks, garlic, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, corn and watermelon

Romaine head lettuce-A favorite summer lettuce.  Thick flavorful long leaves.


Romaine at harvest.

Head Cabbage-A cone shaped head with same sweet cabbage flavor.

Quart of cherry tomatoes-Another washed sweet bounty this week.  Enjoy!


Those pretty blue ones just starting to ripen at the top of the cluster.


Cherry tomato picking an every other day job.

Slice tomatoes-A HUGE! bounty to choose from this week.

Sweet peppers-We picked and assortment and they will appear in your share. 6 in all full shares.  The tasty jimmy nardello’s are just starting to color up and a few sweet italian bull horns too.  NO hot peppers those are on the “extra table” for you.

Leeks-the 1st of 4 varieties.  Summer leeks are a treat.


King Richard leeks drying ready to be bundled for the shares.

Garlic-2 heads in every full share this week.  We had high yield from the garlic patch and garlic will appear all season long.

Auntie Howdy-did you get a new sofa yet?

Zucchini-The end of zucchini.  I’m ready.  Enjoy these last little tasty beauties….

Cucumbers-May be the end of this crop too.


Nearing the end of a great cucumber season.


Beets-A favorite of mine-not Scott’s.  We still struggle with growing a bounty of beets but are pleased they are here in the Full share.

Corn-Thank you Uncle Jim again for terrific corn!


Just picked corn from Uncle Jim’s farm.

Watermelon-I look forward to this crop every season.  We grew several varieties….flesh colors-yellow, orange, pink, red and white.  All sweet and a surprise when you cut into them.



The bounty from the watermelon patch.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-head lettuce, leaf lettuce, radishes, carrots, spaghetti squash, kale (we keep trying to add this every week but we decide no as the shares are too big)-next week for sure, sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, slice tomatoes and more….

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Phew!  Another fantastic week out in the gardens heavy with huge harvests.  We spent our days picking “stuff” and our late afternoons washing “stuff”  Long hours crawling down the bean and tomato rows, pulling the beautiful summer onions from the ground, pulling the pretty peppers from the plants, cutting the beautiful sunflowers and harvesting the best broccoli we have ever grown! The volume of produce that comes up each day is amazing.  Our knees are a bit sore but our spirits are high.

Maeve and I did a watermelon check and we are almost there.  A week or so and these sweet summer treats will be in the shares.  A summer favorite.


Maeve cutting the watermelon with a sharp knife!!! for the 1st time.


Taste test……almost ripe.

A bit of fun stepping back to my past profession with a floral event.  I created beautiful floral centerpieces all from product we grew.  It was lots of fun and I enjoyed the time designing.


Hard at work with centerpiece design.


August summer bounty is here with a huge share of goodness.  796 pounds went home with the CSA members this week!  We were joking that we should offer cooler to car wagon service to get the goodies out the door.

Jalapeno peppers are here!  We do not put any hot peppers in the shares…IF you are a hot pepper lover they will be on the “extra” table with all the other extra goodies for the remainder of the season.  Take all you want.


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corn, pears, red norland potatoes, beans, cherry tomatoes, slice tomatoes, lettuce, asian greens mix, shishito sweet peppers, sweet pepper, cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, sunflower bouquet, purple basil

Sweet Corn-Delicious just picked sweet corn from Uncle Jim.

Potatoes-We are still making our way through the red norland harvest.  Fried, boiled, broiled or grilled.  Fantastic!

Auntie Howdy we made fried potatoes with our potatoes and Maeve said they were almost as good as your hash browns…

Pears-We just started harvesting off the 1st 2 trees of this early variety.


Scott using the tractor to get to the pears way up there!


I used the ladder….

Beans-A mix of pretty yellow wax and green beans.  Picked every other day thin and snappy.


Starting the yellow bean harvest.

Cherry tomatoes-A washed sweet pint in every snack pack share.


The cherry tomato washer hard at work.

Slice tomatoes-Here they come and hopefully the stick around for a long long time….the plants are loaded in the field.


This week’s tomato harvest.

Lettuce-A sweet and juicy mini head this week from the hoop house.  We love the varieties this season.



Sweet lettuce harvest this week.

Asian mix-A great mix for fresh salads and fantastic sauted.


Asian Mix in the morning sun at harvest.

Shishito Sweet Mini peppers-A tasty mini sweet pepper that we love.  Tastes like a thin walled green bell peppers.


Japanese Shishito sweet peppers.  A new crop for us this year.

Sweet Pepper-We picked an assortment and 1 in every snack pack share.

Cucumbers-We are nearing the end of our cucumber season.  A mix in every share of this snappy summer treat.

Zucchini-The patch is slowing down….and I am not disappointed.  We have had a great zucchini run but I am ready to eat something else from the garden as we transition to late season crops.

Broccoli-We are thrilled….our best!!!!! broccoli we have every grown! A huge harvest and delicious heads. A bounty in every share.




All washed and ready for the shares.

Sunflower bouquets-A summer treat that we try to include in the shares every season. A photo below from years past and this year too…..

Purple Basil-A pretty and fragrant bunch from the greenhouse.



corn, pears, potato, beans, cherry tomato, slice tomato, lettuce, asian mix, shishito sweet peppers, sweet peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, sunflower bouquet, purple basil

Sweet Corn-More fantastic corn thanks to Uncle Jim.  Enjoy!

Pears-A great pear harvest from the early trees.  More to come.


Pears just picked from the trees.

Potatoes-Red Norland beauties in the share again this week.  Best fry potato in my mind.  A great yield this year.

Beans-A mix of yellow and green in the shares this week.

Cherry Tomatoes-A washed mix quart for all Full shares.


Cherry tomatoes ready to be boxed up for the shares.

Slice tomatoes-Here they come…..we just need some warm nights to bring on the jumbo beauties.


Tomatoes ripening on the vine.

Head Lettuce-A sweet dark green head from the hoop house.


Look at these beauties.

Asian Mix- A leafy green mix from the hoop house.  Fresh or saute it is wonderful.

Shishito Sweet Pepper-A nice big bag of this sweet pepper treat.  Great flavor and the perfect size.

Sweet peppers-We picked a mix and 2 are in each Full share this week.

Cucumbers-A mixed bag of this snappy treat….the vines are slowing down and we are ready…we have had a great run of cucumbers this year.

Zucchini-Same here the vines are slowing in the patch and we are about to move on and end the summer zucchini season.  2 in every share.

Broccoli-A bounty!  And it is great-we are so happy with the harvest.



A huge harvest.

Sunflower bouquet-Beautiful sunflowers from the garden.  Enjoy!


Sunflowers ready to be cut.


Bouquets ready to go home with CSA members.

Purple Basil-Perfect with those amazing tomatoes…..

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Feels like a Fall morning out there today.  The season is transitioning.  Another fantastic week for us in the gardens.  Near perfect weather and a huge tomato harvest!  Life is good.  We are rolling along getting the last of the late season crops in the ground.  Fall spinach is going in for early harvests, late radishes, turnips and a little surprise too if all works out…..

The harvest schedule fills our days at this time of year.  Hours of bean picking, cherry tomato picking, pulling the long row of summer onions, harvesting the peppers and walking the zucchini and cucumber rows.  Transitional lettuces need to be transplanted into the hoop house and then we weed!  Scott was able to till all our walking rows over the weekend and things look good.

The pear trees need another week or 2 before harvest with the cooler temps this week and honestly we are relieved as the Share this week is a bounty!


What we get to see everyday at “work”….Beautiful!


A Fall Surprise we planted this week…..


Half way through the season…..


It’s an amazing share again this week.  795 pounds of perfect produce going home with members.  Treats!  Enjoy it ALL.



head lettuces, beans (green and yellow), sweet peppers, cucumber medley, sweet summer onions, zucchini, pint cherry tomatoes, 3 slice tomatoes, corn!, garlic, basil plant, baby cabbage

Head lettuce-We harvested 3 varieties this week from the hoop house and 2 different heads are in each share….


Beautiful Cherokee Head lettuce at harvest.


Cherokee Lettuce in the morning sun.

Beans-Our 2nd rotation of green beans kicked in this week.  A nice big bag with a few yellow beans too that are just starting to mature…


Green beans at harvest.  1st picking of our 2nd planting.

Sweet Peppers-We picked and assortment this week and 2 in every share.

Cucumber Medley-An assorted bag again this week.  1st patch is slowing down and the 2nd is just starting up.

Sweet Summer onions-A bag of these tasty treats.  We are just starting to harvest our loooooong row of sweet onions.


Harvesting the onions on a HOT! afternoon.

Zucchini-Picked small and tender….several in each share.


This week’s zucchini harvest.

Cherry tomatoes-A pint in all the snack packs-washed and ready to eat.


Picking Cherry Tomatoes…some are so big we are calling them mini slicers….


Washed cherry tomatoes air drying before we box them up.

Slice tomatoes-Here they come!  You choose 3 this week.


This week’s slice tomato harvest.

Corn-4 ears from Scott’s Uncle Jim.  This is conventionally grown corn.  We do not grow our corn.

Garlic-1 head from our bounty harvest.

Basil Plant-We had to include a basil plant to celebrate the kick off to the slice tomato season.  a variety called Dolce Fresca.  Cut and use for a meal OR upgrade to a larger pot and grow for the remainder of the summer.

Mini Cabbage-Our favorite!  Perfectly sized for a meal or 2.  Sweet and crunchy.



Head lettuces, green beans, sweet peppers, sunflower bouquet, cucumbers, sweet onions, zucchini, quart cherry tomatoes, 4 slice tomatoes, corn, garlic, basil plant, baby cabbages

Head lettuces-3 varieties came from the hoop house this week-and 2 in every share.  BLT season is here!


Romaine at Harvest.


The romaine ready to be cut.

Green Beans-A Huge harvest of our 2nd rotation and a Huge bag in every full share.


Picking Beans again….


And some serious math to divide up the bounty….

Peppers-We picked an assortment of sweet summer peppers this week and 3 in each share.

Sunflower Bouquet-A pretty summer bouquet of our 1st sunflower harvest of the season

Cucumber Medley-A big snacking bag in the share this week…..the patch is slowing down.

Sweet Onions-A big bag as we start harvesting the long row of summer onions.  Store in the refrigerator.

Zucchini-Picked small and tender.  Several in every share.

Cherry Tomato-A quart of these beauties in every full share.


Just beautiful…


All washed and packed ready for the shares…


Snuck into a Full Share this week…..

Slice Tomatoes-Tomato Season has begun….You choose 4.


Slice tomatoes….hopefully the kick off to a nice long season.

Corn!-It’s here and it is delicious.  Just picked this morning from Scott’s Uncle Jim’s Farm.  Thank you Uncle Jim!

Garlic-2 heads in every full share.

Basil Plant-In celebration for the kick off of the tomato season!  Cut and enjoy for a meal or upgrade to a larger pot and enjoy for the remainder of the summer.

Baby Mini Cabbages-2 of these little gems this week.  Sweet and snappy.


Cute mini cabbages at harvest.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK….beets, broccoli, corn, lettuce, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, pears???, sunflower bouquets and more…..



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