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CSA #16

Autumn has arrived….The shade cloth came off the hoop houses last weekend and tucked away for next season. Always a sure sign that days are shortening and cooler temperatures are here and time to roll the sides down on the houses at night too to retain some heat.

Our focus now is getting the last of the potatoes and sweet potatoes out of the ground and pick up the last of the squash and pumpkins from the field. Final lettuce rotations going in hoop 1 and a final spinach rotation going into hoop 2 this week for wintering over. Garlic area will be prepped for that favorite crop to go in the ground in the next few weeks. AND then clean up in the garden. The weather these days IS perfect. Our caps are on in the mornings….long johns too and by afternoon we are in tee shirts for a few hours. A beautiful time of year. A surprise to us how quickly the summer flew with only 2 CSA shares to go in this fabulous season.

CSA #16

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Head Lettuce-Another beauty from hoop 1. This little gem is a mini head. Sweet juicy leaves.

Mini Head Lettuce Harvest in the morning.

Spinach-Even a better harvest than the 1st pick. We started another rotation and as mentioned will plant a 3rd this week. A favorite crop for us. Enjoy! Triple rinsed and ready to go..

2 weeks of growth since last harvest.

Storage onions/shallots-We harvested these this summer and dried them down in the shed. A mix of onions and shallots.

Carrots-Last harvest out of hoop 2 of the season. Enough for another share and we will pack carrots in the last share of the season as well.

Carrot harvest.

Squash-We are making evening trips to the patch and thrilled with the harvest this year. Full share choose 2 squash of your choice. Snack pack choose 1.

Ornamental Pumpkin-Full and Snack Pack choose a beauty! They are all lined up in the driveway.

Pretty Pumpkins ready to go home with CSA members today!

Mini Sweet Peppers (snack only)-Sweet little guys perfect for snacking. Called “lunchbox” or “picnic” peppers. This is the end of our peppers for the season.

Beans!-(full share only)-last picking too of these summer delights.

Last harvest of the season…and I have to be honest now that bean picking is done. It is my least favorite garden job. It takes FOREVER!

Sweet potatoes-We finally started the harvest and it is a good harvest. Better than we have had in years. Some oddballs out there and the skin is russeted on most where we started. The flavor is delicious but just not “pretty” on the outside. We did a bit of research and it is from damp soil. We are 1/2 way down the rows so more to come.

Hand digging the sweet potatoes.
Making our way down the row as Scott forks.
A big guy!
oddball!
Image of russeted skin.

Garlic-(full only) 1 head in every share.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-HEAD LETTUCE, SWEET POTATOES, POTATOES, SQUASH, KALE, SHALLOTS, ARUGULA AND MORE…

2 SHARES REMAIN IN THE SEASON.

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CSA #15 September 16th

Again….I just have to say…our Favorite time of the year! The color is everywhere-beautiful! The bounty coming from the gardens amazing and those long season crops we waited so long for are here. We are happy and rested and enjoying the cool temperatures and our pace slows down just a bit. We continue to pull the squash and pumpkins from the field and dig potatoes. We decided to wait to grab the sweet potatoes-next week! But we did peek and they appear to be a best ever for us. Another long row of winter over spinach was transplanted in hoop 2 and lettuce continues to be transplanted into Hoop 1. This is the 1st week we did not seed in more lettuce rotation starts in the greenhouse. The season is winding down.

Last night’s pumpkin haul.
Pumpkins and ornamentals will be in all future shares and available for purchase too.

CSA #15

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Head Lettuce-Another sweet beauty from Hoop 1.

Morning Harvest.
We are thrilled that we are able to provide fresh lettuce every week in the CSA shares. Nothing better.

Radishes-Fall radishes have a great crunch and a great flavor.

Radish Havet Hoop 2.
Washed and ready for the shares.

Beets-2 varieties. Roasted is our favorite.

Beans!-We are still harvesting our tricolor mix. A bit bigger this week as our scheduled pick was when that HUGE! rainstorm blasted through and with warm overnight temps they grew a bit larger by morning when we could get into the field.

Beautiful!

Leeks-A great late season crop. Great flavor for potato leek soup or a hash.

Scott with the leek harvest.

Potatoes-The potato of the week is Peter Wilcox. A great all around potato-fry, boil, mash, bake. Great texture and flavor.

Peter Wilcox at harvest
Crated in the field.
Washed and air drying before we weigh out for the shares.

Squash-We now start “choose your squash”…Several varieties and size selection will be out for snack pack to choose 1 and full share to choose 1. Acorns, delicata, honey nut, autumn frost, carnival and more… Ornamental mini pumpkins out too just in case members are “squashed out” or just would like a bit of autumn cheer on their table this week.

Peppers-Italian fry peppers in all share and mini bells in Full only.

Thai Basil Plant-We had to do it as the flavor is fantastic with squash and curry. If members would rather snip the basil and bag…sheers will be on the table.

Thai Basil in the greenhouse.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-SWEET POTATO BOUNTY!-2 VARIETIES, POTATO, SQUASH, ORNAMENTAL PUMPKIN, STORAGE ONIONS, CARROTS, HEAD LETTUCE, PEPPERS, SPINACH AND MORE….

3 shares remain to the summer CSA season…..

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CSA #14

The fun continues as we visit the pumpkin patch pulling out beautiful pumpkins and squash….and digging up potatoes for future shares and winter storage is always fun.

I think we picked the last tomates of this season the same week we harvest the 1st Fall Spinach from Hoop 2. We have a strong feeling of transition this past week and Scott even mentioned long johns! The week slipped by without a sweet potato dig so next week for sure we will see what is under that beautiful canopy of foliage.

CSA #14-4 MORE SHARES TO GO!

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Head Lettuce-We harvested a mid sized romaine from hoop 1 this week and it is delicious! Sweet and crunchy.

Romaine in the morning light.

Spinach is back!-1st harvest of fall and we have a bounty. Enjoy!

Scott harvesting leaf by leaf by leaf.
Triple rinsed spinach in the dunk tank.

Pac Choi-We love it in fresh salads this time of year for a bit of crunch and it is a staple in our stir fry. Bell our dog LOVES! chomping on the juicy white stalks.

Pac choi at harvest.
And after harvest.

Acorn Squash-Members can choose. We have several varieties-including heirloom. 1 for snack and 2 for full.

Potato of the week is Adirondack Red-a bit waxy in texture so great fried or we love them mashed. AND pink flesh. Mix with the blues and cream potatoes of past weeks for a beautiful hash.

Beautiful!

Beans-We are thrilled with the bean harvest this week. A tricolored mix again….

Green bean pick every other day.
Scott making his way down the row.

Italian Fry Pepper-(snack pack only) A few of these sweet delights in every share.

Lunchbox mini sweet snacker peppers-(full only) Perfect for snacking. small seed cavity and very very sweet.

Baby Kale Mix-(full only) A blend of several different varieties. Cut small. Enjoy fresh or saute as a warm side dish.

Baby Kale mix in Hoop 1.

Last Tomates-A saladette/paste variety. End of our amazing tomato season.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-BEETS, HEAD LETTUCE, RADISHES, LEEKS, POTATOES, SQUASH AND MORE….

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CSA #13

We flipped the calendar to September and here we are-our favorite time of the season. The uncertainty of what this summer will be is behind us as we wind down to the end, the workload eases a bit, we sleep a tiny bit later, the temperatures are cooler and pumpkins and squash are ripening. The beauty of Autumn is here and the abundance of long season crops are just waiting to be pulled from the garden. We seeded in our last lettuce rotation in the greenhouse and we just might pick the first harvest of Fall spinach next week. It has been a strong happy summer for us and we feel great! Looking forward to digging some sweet potatoes next week just to peek at what might be under the best looking crop we have ever seen and there is nothing we love more than wandering through the squash patch and seeing what we find.

HAPPY 1ST DAY OF SCHOOL TO ALL THE KIDS IN OUR CSA FAMILY….IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR.

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WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-HEAD LETTUCE, ASIAN GREENS MIX (FULL ONLY), SUNFLOWER BOUQUET, PURPLE POTATOES, TRI COLOR FILET BEAN MEDLEY, ITALIAN FRY PEPPERS, CHERRY TOMATOES, SLICE TOMATOES, EDAMAME, SPAGHETTI SQUASH, STORAGE ONIONS, ZUCCHINI, GARLIC

Head Lettuce-Sweet crunchy heads from hoop 1. The lettuce is loving the cooler temperatures. Just delicious.

Lettuce harvest in the morning sun.

Asian Greens mix (full only)-A snappy mix of asian greens. Fantastic in a fresh raw salad-A BIT SPICY TOO! Or we love as a side warm lightly pan tossed with a bit of garlic onion and olive oil.

Asian Greens ready to harvest.

Sunflower Bouquet-What a way to kick of the beauty of Autumn. Perfect timing to transition. HUGE! harvest of these happy beauties. We cut early every morning.

Sunflowers ready to go home with CSA Members today.
Morning beauties…
Scott headed to the cooler with the daily pick.

Purple potatoes-These are fantastic fried or mashed and also make a fun purple potato soup too. A favorite around here. We are thrilled they are back in the shares this year.

HUGE! harvest this is off 1 hill.
Washed and ready to be weighed out for the shares.

Beans!-They are back….3 varieties of filet. We planted a new variety to us-lavender and LOVE! them. So pretty and great flavor. Many weeks of beans to come.

Lavender beans on the plants.
So pretty.
Making our way down the green bean row.
Just starting to produce.
Morning Harvest.

Italian Fry Peppers-Great Sweet Flavor. We are still picking a little green as we are seeing sunburn on some of the peppers.

Cherry Tomatoes-This is the end of this tasty summer snack we think….the best of the best are gone. The texture and flavor changes too with the cooler temperatures. What a great run.

Maeve packing her last rotation of cherry tomatoes.
A full cluster of Black Cherry tomatoes.

Slice tomatoes-This is probably the end too of our fantastic tomato season. Maybe som paste next week. Enjoy!

There were a few monster tomatoes out in the patch this week…1 final BLT.

Edamame-This is our go to snack this time of year. We lightly steam and salt and then keep a big container chilling in the fridge and snack away. We also add to salads and tomato sauce.

Spaghetti Squash-1st squash of the season in the shares….we grew 3 different varieties and 1 is orange! Oven roast face down and scratch the squash out like noodles to enjoy with sauce.

Spaghetti squash washed and ready for the shares.

Storage onions-These are the 1st of the storage onions we dried after harvest.

Maeve was the onion cleaner this week.

Summer Squash-This is the END! of the summer squash harvest. Congratulations on eating summer squash for many weeks in a row in every way we could all think to “use it up”. We will now move on to winter squash.

garlic-These are the smaller heads from the harvest.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-WINTER SQUASH, POTATOES, LETTUCE, BEETS, BEANS, PEPPERS, KALE MIX, SPINACH?????, AND MORE…..

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