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I LOVE this time of year…I know I said it before but I cannot help it and have to say it again.  LOVE it.   A great week…..Beautiful weather.  A surprising blast of heat and then cool dewy mornings with bright sunshine.  Final crops are coming from the garden, our workload eases some and we move with a little slower pace throughout our days without that underlying urgency of how are we going to get it all done. It sure feels good…Time frees up a bit for “non gardening” activities. We processed grapes to juice, made a final trip to Devil’s Lake for the last dip of the season and made another floral bouquet for a special customer…

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Making Grape Juice.

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20+ Quarts of pure Concord Grape Juice.  Thank you Schick Family for letting us pick.

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Final Devil’s Lake Dip of the season.

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Last week’s Pretty flower bouquet created in the only spot of sunlight when our power went out!  FOCUS!!

 

Cleanup needs to become a daily duty, and the garlic crop needs to get planted.  We laugh as we already find ourselves discussing next season’s crops and the garden rotation.

SUMMER SHARE #18

A great share this week. 580 pounds of perfect Fall produce from the gardens…And Fall honey is here.  Extra honey is available too if you wish to purchase.

2 shares remain of the 2017 Summer Season.  Season Member surveys appear in the shares this week.  Please take some time to let us know your thoughts about our CSA and return.  Your thoughts, ideas and feedback are important in shaping the direction of next season.  Thanks!  Also, please gather up and return all remaining totes from the weekly shares for reuse.

SNACK PACK

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HONEY!, baby arugula, head lettuce, brussels sprouts, potatoes, storage onions, butternut squash, sweet pepper, black radishes, pac choi, tomato

honey-sweet honey from our backyard hives.

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Scott spinning the honey.

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Honey draining after spinning.

baby arugula-spicy baby green leaves.  Fresh or saute it is delicious.

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Baby arugula at harvest.

head lettuce-great lettuce again this week from the hoop house.  Either another variety of butterhead or a pretty ruffled bicolor.

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Butterhead lettuce at harvest.

brussels sprouts-Our best! growing season ever of this favorite crop.  We planted 3 different varieties and tons of them and the yield is great.  Enjoy this late season treat.  A bounty.

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The brussels sprout patch in the HOT! September sun.

Potatoes-Perfect baking potatoes this week.  The variety is gold rush.

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Picking up the potatoes in the field.

storage onions-several of these long storage onions in every share.  Best storage onion harvest ever also this season.

butternut squash-we pulled the last of our winter storage squash from the field this week and this mini butternut was in the mix.

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Final load of winter squash from the field.

sweet pepper-with the blast of heat this past week we picked a nice mix again of sweet peppers and 1 or more in every share.

Black radish-A 1st in our CSA shares.  A 3rd year of trying to grow them and this year it finally happened.  Great radish taste and such a cool color.

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Black radishes at harvest.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY AUNTIE HOWDY!!!! HOPE YOU EAT YOUR FAVORITE CAKE AND MAKE A SPECIAL WISH FOR THE COMING YEAR AS YOU BLOW OUT THE CANDLES.  MUCH LOVE TO YOU FROM ALL 3 OF US…..

pac choi-a crunchy treat from the hoop house.  Great raw in salads or in stir fry.

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Pac choi at harvest.

tomato-we were able to pull 1 tomato for everyone out of the tomato patch with the mini little heatwave this week.

FULL SHARE

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HONEY!, baby arugula, head lettuce brussels sprouts, potato, storage onion, butternut squash, peppers, spinach, purple beans, broccoli side shoots, black radishes, pac choi, tomato

honey-backyard Fall honey.  Rich deep flavor.

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Straining the honey.

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Filling jars for the CSA shares.

baby arugula-A snappy treat from the hoophouse.

Head lettuce-We harvested 2 perfect varieties this week and both are in all Full shares.

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Head lettuce at morning harvest.

Brussels Sprouts- A BIG! bag of these little wonders. Enjoy!

 

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Trying very hard to look “chipper” picking 150+ pounds of brussels sprouts at a steamy 91 degrees around 12 noon…..I know-pretty.

potatoes-The perfect baking potato.  Gold Rush is it’s name….

storage onions-long term winter storage onions.  Stronger in flavor than the sweet summer onions.

butternut squash-The final winter squash to come from our patch.

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Butternut squash from the field.

sweet peppers-we are still picking from the peppers and a few are in every share.

spinach-even with all that heat last week we had a good harvest for full share.

purple beans-the last of our beans for the 2017 season.

broccoli side shoots-the never ending side shoots from the wonder plants continue.  They are getting smaller but just as delicious.

Black radishes-snappy radish flavor with a cool black color.  We are thrilled to finally have a harvest after 3 years of trying…

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Black radishes all washed and ready for the shares.

Pac choi-A favorite of mine.  Fresh or on stir fry a crunchy and flavorful treat.

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Dew on the pac choi leaves in the morning.

tomato-1 final tomato for the season.  Enjoy!

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK…IT’S GOING TO BE FANTASTIC! carrots, ginger, pie pumpkin, sweet potato, lettuce, radishes, collard greens, and more!

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ready to harvest for next week…..

 

 

 

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A fun “big deal” week in the gardens.  We set the goal of getting ALL the potatoes out of the ground and we did it with the help of Scott’s cousin, cousin’s son, uncle and Maeve.  A hot Saturday but the crop is out with the help of many hands and we are grateful.  1018 pounds of our late potato harvest is in storage.  Phew!

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Picking up the fingerling potatoes after the potato digger went through.

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Potato harvest done!  Maeve and Scott loading up the potatoes from the field.

We waded into the winter squash patch and started that harvest.  Acorns, several varieties of carnival and delecata, butternut and at the suggestion of a CSA member pie pumpkins are back!  We made a good dent in the harvest and are pleased with the quantity and quality so far….hopefully we finish the job this week and then move on to ornamental pumpkins next.

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1st load of winter squash going up to the shed.

And the floral design continues with several beauties going out the door of the “studio”/garage/CSA packing shed this week….I love it.

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Finishing up a big floral order for a special event.

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And another beauty to mark a special day…(I threw out my favorite shirt after I saw this picture…darn)

SUMMER SHARE #17  3 weeks remain of the summer 2017 season. 501 pounds of delicious late season produce going home with members today.  

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE

SNACK PACK

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head lettuce, broccoli, fingerling potatoes, garlic, cipollini onions, pint cherry tomatoes, carnival winter squash, beans, sweet peppers mini cabbage head

Head lettuce-We are thrilled with this week’s lettuce.  That tricky butterhead that is difficult to grow.  We did it again!  Perfect, beautiful and delicious.

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Butterhead lettuce at harvest.

Broccoli side shoots-A nice sized bag of the amazing broccoli side shoots that never end.

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Maeve was the broccoli bagger this week.

Fingerling potatoes-A favorite potato.  We harvested over 250 pounds of blemish free beauties.  Enjoy!

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Scott weighing out the fingerlings for this week’s share.

Garlic-A head in every snack pack.

Onions-The 1st of our storage onions.  A fun Cipollini that look like little spaceships….they are higher in residual sugars and are ideal for roasting and caramelizing.  Melt in your mouth sweetness.

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Maeve took this picture of our cipollini onion.

Cherry tomatoes-Another pint this week.  This may be the end of our loooooong cherry tomato season.

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Washed cherry tomatoes ready for the shares.

Winter Squash-A pretty Carnival Squash.  Sweet flesh similar in flavor to sweet potatoes.

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Another Maeve image….Carnival Squash.

Beans!-A great harvest off our last planting of the season.  Green and purple beans in the mix.

Sweet Peppers-A fantastic peppers year for us….we picked a mix of sweets this week and a few in every snack pack share.

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Pretty peppers in the sun after harvest.

Mini Cabbage head-They are back!  Our second planting.  Sweet mini heads ideal for salads, slaw or roasting.

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Many cabbage heads at harvest in the garden.

FULL SHARE

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head lettuce, spinach, fingerling potatoes, garlic, cipollini onions, pint cherry tomatoes, carnival winter squash, beans, sweet peppers, mini sweet peppers, mini cabbage heads

Head lettuce-A gorgeous head of the sweet butterhead.  Light lime green and delicious.

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Beautiful butterhead lettuce….

Spinach-A huge! bag of this late season treat.  We pick very early in the morning and triple rinse.  Sweet and delicious.

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Spinach at harvest.

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Scott triple rinsing the spinach.

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And spinning dry.

Fingerling Potatoes-Yum!  Roasted or pan fried…..A bounty.

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Fingerlings ready for the shares…..

Garlic-2 heads in every full share.

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Onions-Sweet Cipollini Onions.  Thin skinned and much sweeter than the usual winter storage onions.  Ideal caramelized or roasted.  Melt in your mouth sweetness.

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Cherry Tomatoes-This may be the final pint of the long cherry tomato season.

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Cherry tomatoes are still ripening in the garden.

Winter squash-A pretty carnival winter squash with sweet flesh similar to a sweet potato in flavor.

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Rinsing off the squash from the field.

Beans-A great harvest again off our last bean planting of the season.  Green and purple in the shares this week.

Sweet Peppers-A mix picked this week and several sweet beauties in every share.

Mini Sweet Peppers-A HUGE! bag of these pretty gems and they taste like candy.

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A bright harvest of mini sweet snacking peppers.

Cabbage-The mini heads are back!  Perfectly sized and sweet.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-honey!, head lettuce, brussels sprouts, winter squash, potatoes, peppers, kale, baby arugula, super cool radishes, ginger!!!, beans and more…..

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What a beautiful week.  We loved the weather and love the late season crops that are maturing.  We have started the big potato harvest of the 4 remaining varieties out in the field and are thrilled with the yield and quality.  And we are more than thrilled with the new potato digger.  Hopefully next week the entire potato crop will be out of the ground.

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Always fun to find these special potatoes…..

We peeked at the sweet potatoes and they are sizing up nicely.  We planted 3 varieties this season and will start digging after the 1st frost.

Maeve is helping out with the watering in the hoop house with the goal that this will someday be her full responsibility.

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Maeve watering the spinach.

More late season radishes were seeded in this week.  Cold loving lettuces started in the greenhouse and we weeded……pear processing continues here with the wonderful abundance from the pear trees this year.  18 quarts of juice so far from the steam extractor and more sauce this weekend.

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Steam extractor in action.

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Pears ready to cook down….

A few floral orders came in too this week and fun to create beautiful bouquets for special people. We are a bit behind on our clean up goals around the garden but we sure enjoyed our days..next week I am sure things will all be shaped up and perhaps we will even start the winter squash harvest.

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SUMMER SHARE #16

We love the share this week….great variety and edamame is here!  A family favorite….525 pounds of garden goodness this week. Enjoy!

SNACK PACK

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Superior potatoes, head lettuce, spinach, shishito peppers, sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, edamame, and purple and green beans

Head lettuce-Beautiful head lettuces this week….again! We are so glad the lettuce has been amazing this season and we are able to provide fresh lettuce every week.

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WOW!

Spinach-The 2nd picking from the hoop house of our early season spinach.  It is delicious thanks to the cooler temperatures the past few weeks.  More to come!

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Spinach at harvest.

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Beautiful Spinach….

Edamame-A favorite here.  Shell and eat raw in salads or lightly steam or blanch in salt water and enjoy as a snack.

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edamame ready to pick.

Leeks-Beautiful late summer leeks.  2nd harvest of leeks…

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Superior Potatoes-The perfect potato to pair with the leeks for potato leek soup.  Superior is a dry potato perfect for baking, mash, or soup!

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Picking up potatoes after the digger went through.

Cherry Tomatoes-A mixed pint in every share.

Sweet Peppers-We picked several sweet varieties and 2 in every snack pack share.

Shishito Sweet Peppers-A few more of these sweet snackers. This is the end of the shishito harvest this season.

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Perfect shishitos.

Beans-I am going to call these “Grandma Lang Beans”-My grandma would make a creamy green bean soup with big thick walled green beans and these beans bring back that memory to me.  I think these are the best beans we grew this season and a BIG! change for us.  I usually prefer thinner filet type beans and we tried these for a little something new.  Delicious and LOVE! them.

FULL SHARE

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head lettuce, daikon radish, edamame, leeks, potatoes, roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, shishito peppers, green and purple beans

Head lettuce-Perfect lettuce this week,  HUGE! sweet and delicious.

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Beautiful late summer lettuce at harvest.

Daikon Radish-2 in each share.  Great diced up in salads to add a snap to fresh salads.  This is the start of our larger outside radish harvests.

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Daikon at harvest and up to the wash tubs for scrubbing.

Edamame-Edible soybean. Shell and eat… Fresh is delicious, lightly steamed or blanched and salted is a great snack.

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Taste test in the field at harvest.

Leeks-Our second variety of 5.  Perfectly paired with the potato variety this week.

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Loading the leek harvest on a pallet in the field.

Superior Potatoes-A dry flaky potato.  Mashed, baked or soup.  Just perfect.

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More potato LOVE!

Roma Tomatoes-A few firm beauties.  This may be the end of our larger tomatoes for the season.

Cherry Tomato Mix-A pint in every Full Share.

Sweet Peppers-3 assorted beauties in every share.

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This week’s pepper pick…

Shishito Sweet Peppers-The last of the shishitos for the season.

Green and Purple beans-Big thick walled beans, a big bag to enjoy..and a big change for us and we LOVE! them.

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Purple beans at harvest.

Broccoli-A big bag of those delicious side shoots that continue to produce.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK.-butterhead lettuce, cabbage, beans, squash?, cherry tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, carrots? and more…..

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We love this time of year as we transition to Autumn.  Favorite late season crops started so long ago in early Spring are reaching harvest, we bundle up in the morning in caps and warm clothes and daylight changes and the colors are so pretty.  It’s energizing.

A symbolic activity around here is the removal of the shade cloth from the hoop house to allow full daylight in for the late season crops.  Autumn has arrived!  We have fully transitioned the hoop house this past week to late season harvest.  ALL the late season spinach and winter over spinach varieties transplanted out, cool loving leafy greens and lettuces all in-AND!  another round of those favorite turnips are germinating.

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Scott pulling off the shade cloth from the hoop house.

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Late season turnips germinating in the hoop house.

The winter squash patch looks fantastic this year!  Bountiful and many varieties including tons of pie pumpkins that return this year at the suggestion of a CSA member.  We are excited to start the harvest in the next few weeks.  All the storage onions are now out and hanging to cure and our final bean crop just about ready to harvest if it would ever warm up.

We look forward to these last few weeks of the summer share with great crops to finish up a great season for us.

SUMMER SHARE #15

WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE- We are pretty excited about this share this week….A favorite crop has arrived….brussels sprouts and tons of them. A great share full of tasty treats this week…..633 pounds of delicious produce going home with members today.

Remember to return your totes for reuse….we are running a little low in the rotation.  Thanks!

SNACK PACK

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head lettuce, asian greens mix, pears, red and orange carrots, pint cherry tomatoes, slice tomato, brussels sprouts, sweet peppers, mini sweet peppers, sweet onion and zinnia bouquet.

Head lettuce-We harvested 3 varieties this week and 1 or more appear in every share.  Such a great lettuce year for us.

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Pretty lettuce ready to harvest.

Asian Greens mix-A juicy mix of mini green.  Enjoy fresh in salads or saute.

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Asian greens mix at harvest.

Pears-We started harvesting off the 3rd variety of trees this week.  Big delicious fruit.  Leave on counter to fully ripen.

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Our 3rd variety of pears we harvested this year.  Enjoy!

Carrot Mix-Orange and red crunchy carrots this week.

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Red carrots at harvest.

Cherry Tomatoes-The Cherry tomatoes are still chugging along in the cool temperatures.  We are thrilled.  Sweet!

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Cherry Tomato picking late in the day…..

Slice tomatoes-This may be the end of our Slice tomato season.

Brussels Sprouts!-We planted a HUGE! patch this year of 3 different varieties.  Here they come….a favorite.

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150 pounds brussels sprouts in our 1st picking of the season.

Sweet Peppers-A great harvest this week of assorted sweet peppers and a mix in every share.

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This week’s Pepper Harvest.

Mini Snack Sweet Peppers-These beauties ripen late in the season and they are so worth the wait.  Perfect for snacking and school lunches.

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Mini sweet peppers harvest.

Sweet Onion-The very last of the sweet summer onions…storage onions next week.

Zinnia Bouquets-A pretty late season bouquet from the garden.

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The pretty zinnia patch.

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Zinnia bouquets ready for the shares.

FULL SHARE

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head lettuce, SPINACH!, pears, carrot mix, quart cherry tomatoes, slice tomato, broccoli side shoots, brussels sprouts, sweet peppers, jimmy nardello sweet peppers, sweet onion, kohlrabi, zinnia bouquet

Head lettuce-3 delicious varieties came from the hoop house this week.  2-3 heads are in every full share.

SPINACH!-A true sign of the arrival of Autumn.  Our 1st Spinach harvest.  1/2 pound in every full share.

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Maeve doing the “official” taste test before harvest.

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Spinach at morning harvest.

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Scott triple rinsing the spinach….

Pears-The 3rd variety from our “mini orchard”.

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Pear harvest.  The largest and sweet variety.

Carrot mix-red and orange carrots this week.  Enjoy!

Cherry Tomatoes-A quart again for all full shares.  A great harvest this week….big plump clusters….

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Slice tomatoes-I think this may be the end of our slice tomato season.

Broccoli-A 1/2 pound of sweet side shoots.

Brussels Sprouts-A HUGE! 3 pound bag in full share this week.  YUM!

Sweet Peppers-We picked a bounty of assorted sweet peppers this week and several appear in each share…

Sweet Jimmy Nardello Peppers- A nice sized bag of these delicious sweet heirloom peppers.  1 of my favorites.

 

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Jimmy Nardello Sweet Peppers ready to harvest.

Sweet Summer Onion-The end of the sweet onions…storage onions in the share next week.

Kohlrabi-2 snappy treats in every full share.

Zinnia Bouquet-A beautiful bouquet from the garden.  Enjoy!

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Zinnia Bouquets ready to go home….

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-Edamame (for sure), potatoes, leeks, garlic, onions, cherry tomatoes, head lettuce, cabbage? and more…..

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