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The last share of the 2015 season!  Our best season  in so many ways.  Fantastic growing weather all season long, abundant harvests, a workload that we managed on our own, and great CSA members.  We could not be happier on this last pick up day of the season.

This odd warm weather has allowed us to put the garden to bed in a calm and comfortable way. No chilly fingers and bulky overcoats as we try to clean up.   Everyday we are able to tidy up a bit more and even get the tools and irrigation put away and green house organized for Spring.  It feels good.  Potato order is in and we increased the seed potato order from last year.  More fingerlings and early reds in the shares next year!  We are writing up our seed orders too with hopes of having all placed by Christmas.  We enjoy looking over the catalogs in the evenings and imaging the gardens next season.  So hard not to get carried away.  I always want to grow tons of odd ball varieties of cantaloupe and when I mark the pages Scott just looks at me in disbelief.  BUT  2 more loooooooong rows of tomatoes are going in next season and that sure is exciting planning.

Lots of fun around here the last few weeks as our focus changes with the season.  Many Thanksgiving fresh floral centerpiece orders went home with customers for the holiday feast.   My favorite bouquets to make of the year.  I love the rich bold colors.

Maeve making a few fresh floral bouquets too for Thanksgiving.

Maeve making a few fresh floral bouquets for Thanksgiving.

We are busy making evergreen wreaths too (another favorite activity of mine) for customers and friends. And had a blast with the wreath workshops again this year.  The classes are so much fun and everyone made gorgeous wreaths to take home.  A few hours of holiday music,  laughter, creative hard work and sticky fingers.  A highlight of the season for me.

Making holiday evergreen wreaths.

Making holiday evergreen wreaths.

Maeve and Scott even make a wreath this year at 1 of the workshops and it hangs on our garage door to greet friends.

Maeve and Scott even made a wreath this year at 1 of the workshops and it hangs on our garage door to greet friends.

We’re having fun and looking forward to a shift in daily life for a few months before the seeds get started again at the end of February.

#2 Winter Storage Share

A great share to end the season.  The leafy greens from the hoop a nice treat.  798 pounds were packed in the shares.  ENJOY!!  And thanks to all who support our gardens.

 

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Lettuce!-This is a  fresh treat at this time of year.  Several sweet juicy heads for every share from the hoop house.  Scott made sure that it was covered on the chilly nights with row cover to keep it protected.

Lettuce ready to be harvested in the hoop house.

Lettuce ready to be harvested in the hoop house.

Cabbages-An assortment of great storage cabbages.  2 heads of the smaller “soloist” variety of chinese cabbage, a pretty savoy and either a cool flat top or pointy guy.  All super sweet and crunchy to add to fresh salads, soups or stir fry.

The last cabbage harvest from the garden. AND no snow!

The last cabbage harvest from the garden. AND no snow!

Radishes-A big bag of long term storage red meat/watermelon and green meat beauties.  Mild and so pretty when you cut into them.

Spinach!-Over a pound in every share.  Enjoy this sweet treat.

Spinach harvest in the hoop on December 6th. Look at all that green. And no coat on.

Spinach harvest in the hoop on December 6th. Look at all that green!  And no coat on….

Picking spinach leaf by leaf…..

Picking spinach leaf by leaf…..

Scott bagging up the pounder+ bags for the shares after a triple rinse.

Scott bagging up the pounder+ spinach bags for the shares after a triple rinse.

Spaghetti Squash-Another treat in the share!  We held these back in the root cellar from the last harvest of the season to cure and tuck in these shares as a surprise.

Spaghetti Squash at harvest.

Spaghetti Squash at harvest.

Seems so long ago that we harvested the spaghetti squash….

Seems so long ago that we harvested the spaghetti squash….to save for a winter treat.

Winter Squash-A medley of acorn, carnival and butternuts.  Soups, roasted or I add the puree to biscuits and pancakes in the morning.

Sweet potatoes-A bounty as we had our “best ever” harvest this fall thanks to Uncle Jim.  Big orange skinned beauties and those cool purple skinned wonders too.  You have a ton to get you through the winter…. an assortment of larger bakers and tons of fingerlings for roasting or hash.

Cipollini Onions-3 varieties of those UFO looking onions that are great roasted or added to winter hearty dishes.

Shallots-A big bag-3 varieties here too.  Long storage life and great flavor.

Large yellow storage onions-2 in each share.  Great for slicing.

Potatoes-10+ pounds for everyone.  Carola (Scott’s favorite).  A great multi purpose potato with great flavor. Peter Wilcox (that pretty purplish/violet skinned beauty with white flesh) that fries up so nicely and fantastic mashed.

Sun chokes-The what the heck is that????? in the shares.  Knobby looking roots that taste and smell like sunflower seeds.  Adds a neat texture to soups and stews like a water chestnut.  Taste great peeled and roasted in the oven with olive oil and salt, and we love them mixed with potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and garlic for a hash.  VERY long storage life in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

Sun chokes at harvest.

Sun chokes at harvest.

A big crate of sun chokes ready to be washed.

A big crate of sun chokes ready to be washed.

Garlic-Several hard neck heads in every share.

Honey-A sweet 1/2 pint of our autumn harvest to enjoy.

Spinning honey.

Spinning honey.

Fox Line City Farm Soap-An end of season surprise.  A very special friend makes a batch of this for my Birthday every year and makes extra to share with the CSA.  Enjoy the birthday treat.

 

Thank you to everyone who shared our gardens in 2015.  We are already planning the 2016 season and early bird sign up will open by the 1st of the year.

 

 

Now to start the holiday baking…..

Now on to the holiday baking…..

 

 

 

 

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Happy Autumn!  We have had wonderful weather for garden cleanup this season.  Many happy days spent in the sunshine and tee shirts as we add to our compost pile and pull irrigation lines up, take down the tomato and cucumber trellis lines, plant and mulch the garlic and still keep harvesting from the gardens and hoop house.  Much easier to clean up without frozen fingers and wet clothes.  We had time to mix in a little fun here and there too…We love this time of year!

Leaf pile!

Leaf pile!

Maeve at the end of the leaf pile fun....

Maeve at the end of the leaf pile fun….

 

We are thrilled with the 1st Storage Share of this season.  We have never had such a bounty of greens at this time of year and we are blown away with the variety we are able to include in this share.  Enjoy it all!  And happy cooking preparing a tasty Thanksgiving meal to share with friends and family.  We are grateful to all our CSA members that share our gardens and allow us to have such a wonderful life at home as family.  Thank you so very much for what all of you have made possible.

STORAGE SHARE #1!!!  Get ready for this!

42 pounds of garden goodies going home tonight with each Storage Share.  A total of 998 pounds out the door.  Phew!  Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Scott packing the Storage Shares.

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Pie Pumpkin-You can’t have an Autumn Harvest share at Thanksgiving without one of these beauties tucked in.

Winter Squash- A combination of acorn, butternut and carnival.

Garlic-5 heads of hardneck.

Sweet Potatoes-We had such a good harvest this year….3+ pounds for everyone.  Sooooo sweet too.

Scott washing the sweet potatoes in the sunshine....

Scott washing the sweet potatoes in a sunny haze….

Potatoes-A nice big paper bag of French Fingerlings for roasting or soups AND Superior whites for delicious mashed potatoes.

Superior potatoes for Thanksgiving mashing.

Superior potatoes for Thanksgiving mashing.

Cabbage-A pretty Savoy and mini purple to add to a colorful salad.

Savoy cabbage harvest.

Savoy cabbage harvest.  Garlic beds planted in the background with the leaf mulch partially applied.

Soaking Savoy Cabbage.

Soaking Savoy Cabbage.

Leeks-We love leeks!  This variety is called Bandit and it is the late long season variety that is perfect for soups and stuffing.

Leek washing.

Leek washing.

Storage Onions-A nice big mesh bag.

Kohlrabi-The HUGE beauties that stay sweet and crunchy…and a few smaller purples tossed in. Great addition to salads or snacking raw.  Long storage life too.

Kohlrabi harvest.

Kohlrabi harvest.

Carrots-A nice big bag of SWEET storage carrots.  We are thilled with our carrot bounty this year!  Enjoy.

Parsley-A big bunch for holiday cooking.

Cutting Celery-Another big bunch for making stuffing or soup with the left over turkey.  Great flavor-not at all like grocery store celery.

Beauty Heart Radishes-So pretty with the pink centers….great raw or a snappy addition to the amazing salads we are all going to be eating in the coming weeks. Long storage life too.

Broccoli-A HUGE! broccoli harvest.  WOW! Enjoy.

Broccoli in the fiield.

Broccoli in the fiield.

Broccoli plants almost ready to harvest.

Broccoli plants almost ready to harvest.

Spinach-Great spinach from the hoop house and over a pound for everyone….

Maeve sneaking up to take my picture harvesting spinach.

Maeve sneaking up to take my picture harvesting spinach.

Pretty red kitten spinach.

Pretty red kitten spinach.

Rows and rows of great spinach.....

Rows and rows of great spinach…..

Maeve helping and eating the greens harvest....

Maeve helping and eating the greens harvest….

Lettuce-2 varieties.  A tender oak eaf variety and a juicy mini head named Bambi.

Bambi lettuce at harvest.

Bambi lettuce at harvest.

Tender oak leaf lettuce at harvest.

Tender oak leaf lettuce at harvest.

Mixed Asian Greens-A spicy and pretty combo of asian greens.  Great sauted or added to fresh salads. VERY long storage life too.

Pac Choi-A huge juicy head of a cold hardy variety called White Flash. Enjoy fresh or sauted.  Long storage life.

Pac choi in the hoop house.

Pac choi in the hoop house.

Arugula-Another (yes another) green that we are thrilled to add to our storage share.  A bit of snappy flavor to add to salads or saute.

Brussels Sprouts-A huge bag to enjoy for many weeks.

 

NEXT STORAGE SHARE PICK UP MONDAY DECEMBER 7TH.

 

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The final share of the wonderful 2015 Summer Season…..This warm weather is tricking us into thinking there are many more weeks to go.  A hard frost has not hit and the garden keeps growing.  We harvested yesterday in flip flops and tee shirts!  A bit of disbelief that the Summer Season has ended.

We are pleased with the season. The weather was great all season long without any extremes to deal with.  We were able to handle the heavy work load without any outside help.  A first for us.  It was a season of “best evers” on so many levels.  We were thrilled with the Spring Pea harvest.  (Remember that?!)  Tons and tons of sugar snaps, the watermelons were definately a “best ever” for us.  Sweet and bountiful.  All those carrots!  We set a goal of lots of carrots this year and hit it.  We finally grew some great cauliflower and felt we had an abundance and variety of tasty greens all season long.  Our pepper harvest this year never quit and it actually became “too many peppers”-another first and a good problem to have.  And!! the tomatoes-delicious heirlooms and tons of sweet cherries.  A great tomato year for us after 2 past years of ho-hum harvests.    Our potatoes and sweet potatoes are finally all out of the ground and thanks to Uncle Jim it is a BIG “best ever” harvest for us.  Beautiful and bountiful.  Oh, and all those pears!  What a surprising treat.  A few disappointments as there always are.  We lost a HUGE bean rotation to a persistent woodchuck who also invited a few friends to snack on many broccoli and cabbage plants mid summer.  We limped along all summer long with very low yield of summer squash even though we replanted 3 times.  We concluded there was some sort of seed based issue that will be resolved before next year’s growing begins.  Our cucumbers quit before we were ready for them to quit and we wish we had more to offer.  Over-all we are pleased (and relieved) with the bounty we had to offer the 2015 Summer Season.

Thank you to all members that returned the survey with great ideas and comments about our CSA. We appreaciate the time spent on offering your personal opinions. Member feedback definitely shapes our future CSA seasons.

This past week was dedicated to potato digging.  A huge focus and it had to get done-we could not put it off any longer.  We forgot about the camera until the last day and made us say perhaps it is really time to get a smart phone.  Even though it was hard work hand digging it was fun as the yield was so high.  Lots of  “WOW! look at this!”  as the beautiful sweet potatoes were coming out of the ground and the huge potatoes being forked up.  We are glad this job is behind us and our duties now shift to garden clean up.

 

SUMMER SHARE #20 FINAL SHARE OF 2015 SUMMER SEASON

Have a good laugh as you try to haul this share home today….there was just so much we wanted to include.  We couldn’t help it.

726 pounds of garden produce going home today.  Enjoy it all!

AND here are some fun figures.

Total CSA garden produce weight for the season…..12,946 pounds.

Snack Pack Members took home 145 pounds each this season

Full Share Members took home 252 pounds each this summer.

 

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Potatoes-A nice big bag of Superior.

Sweet Potatoes-The variety is beauregard and delicious. Store in a warm location out of direct sunlight-not in the refrigerator.

Scott washing the sweet potatoes.

Scott washing the sweet potatoes.

Delicata Squash-A favorite sweet winter squash.

Brussels Sprouts-Another great harvest this week.  Enjoy!

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Brusslels Sprouts at harvest.

Leeks-A long season leek.  We planted 3 varieties this year.  This variety is Bandit.  Perfect for soups or with fried potatoes.

Asian Greens-Another delicious slightly spicy blend.

Asian greens mix.

Asian greens mix.

Garlic-A head for every share.

Kale-A bunch of assorted Kale.  They sweeten up at this time of year with the cooler temperatures. Great added to bean soups, fresh in salads or sauted.

Storage Onions-2 in each share.

Honey-Another finally!-Maeve and Scott got it spun off just in time for the final share.  Enjoy our backyard honey.

Scott checking the backyard hives.

Scott checking the backyard hives.

 

Scott and Maeve spinning honey.

Scott and Maeve spinning honey.

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Potatoes-2 varieties-A bag of the fun purple Magic Molly and a 2nd big bag of the delicious Superior.

Superior Potatoes after washing.

Superior Potatoes after washing.

Sweet potatoes-We dug a bounty and passed them on to you. The variety is beauregard.  Enjoy!

Pretty sweet potatoes after washing.

Pretty sweet potatoes after washing.

Delicata Squash-A favorite sweet winter squash

Brussels Sprouts-Another great harvest this week.  Enjoy!

Scott surprised me!

Scott surprised me!

Long Brussels Sprout rows.

Long Brussels Sprout rows.

Leeks-A long season leek.  We planted 3 varieties this year.  This variety is Bandit.  Perfect for soups or with fried potatoes.

Asian Greens-Another delicious slightly spicy blend.

Chinese Cabbage-A great harvest of this tasty cool weather crop.  Very long storage life in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

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Chinese Cabbage at harvest.

Spinach-More of this delicious Fall treat!

Spinach at harvest.

Spinach at harvest.

Hauling up the spinach harvest to the washing station.

Hauling up the spinach harvest to the washing station.

Garlic-Several heads for every Full Share.

Kale-A bunch of assorted Kale.  They sweeten up at this time of year with the cooler temperatures.  Great added to bean soups, fresh in salads or sauted.

Kale in the morning.

Kale in the morning.

Honey-Another finally!-share a share members-We put 2  4 oz jars instead of 1 bigger 1/2 pint in your share so each party could have one….share a share bags are tagged at pick up/delivery site.  Maeve and Scott got it spun off just in time for the final share.  Enjoy our backyard honey.

Pouring honey for the shares.

Pouring honey for the shares.

 

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Radish Blend-A nice big bag of 4 varieties.

Shallots-Long term storage life.  Cool dark dry location is best.

Cherry Tomatoes!-We did not get the vines pulled down last week due to the potato digging marathon.  So, I noticed there was another picking there due to the warm weather.  I had to do it as how often can you have garden just picked tomatoes in October!

Cherry Tomatoes in October.

Cherry Tomatoes in October.

 

Thank you for sharing the 2015 Summer CSA season with us!

 

Holiday evergreen wreath workshop dates this year. 5 workshops available due to the high demand last year.  Friday November 27th, Saturday November 28th, Sunday November 29th, Saturday December 5th and Sunday December 6th.  Workshop is here at our house in the heated garage.  10-1.  All materials provided except snippers.  $45. Sign up has begun!

I will also be taking a limited number of orders for fresh floral Thanksgiving centerpieces again this year Pick up or delivery on Wednesday November 25th. Orders are already coming in…..

And finally I will also be creating custom Autumn and Holiday Evergreen wreaths and swags this year for those that do not want to create their own.

 

 

1st winter storage share pick up is Monday November 16th 3-6 here at the house.

 

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October! Yes, October!!  How this wonderful season zipped by for us.  1 more Summer Share to go and we are amazed.  Slowly it is setting in that our growing season is winding down.  We are grateful we have not had a hard frost and we keep harvesting a bounty out of the gardens and this mild weather always makes clean up easier and more enjoyable.

A great week again, and so happy to say that….. Hoop house spinach transplanting, potato digging (still at it!), the start of the sweet potato digging and fall produce harvest from the garden.  Full days but fun days……

Another long section of spinach transplanted into the hoop house for wintered over spinach eating next March.

Another long section of spinach transplanted into the hoop house for wintered over spinach eating starting next March.

With the shift in the season our duties shift as well to some fun seasonal work. We had a great day with our yearly Exterior Autumn Transformation at the DelBar in Wisconsin Dells.  My favorite job of the year!  Fresh Flower table bouquets were created for a Harvest tasting at Windmill Pizza in Sauk.  We also contributed produce to this wonderful meal.  We were able to attend and the tasting was delicious!

Autumn Garden Bouquets for the Harvest Tasting at Windmill Pizza in Sauk.

Autumn Garden Bouquets for the Harvest Tasting at Windmill Pizza in Sauk.

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I added green cherry tomato sprigs, kale and herbs to the bouquets. Perfect for a Harvest dinner.

And wreath making has begun! Our metal frames arrived and custom orders for Thanksgiving Florals and Autumn (and Christmas Evergreen) wreaths are coming in.  It is fun to return to this type of work after a Summer of garden duties.  A different way of thinking and it is energizing.

 

Autum Wreath Making.

Autumn Wreath Making.

We will complete the potato digging this week and hopefully all the sweet potatoes will come out of the ground too.  We need to move on from this duty and get the gardens put to bed.   The tomato plants need to get pulled down and trellises removed.  Our summer crops need to get cut from the garden and taken to the compost and garlic needs to get planted in the next week or 2.  We need to hustle as there is nothing worse than trying to pull frozen (or slimmy) plants from the garden if we wait too long.

SUMMER SHARE #19

Scott starting to pack the shares this morning.

Scott starting to pack the shares this morning.

Next week is the last share pick up/delivery of the Summer CSA Season.  Please return all bags and reusable packaging material.

Every other week share members surveys are on the clip board at drop off sites and on cooler door at Baraboo pick up.

Lots of treats in the shares this week.  Enjoy! 595 pounds harvested from the garden.

 

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Snack Packs all ready to go home.....

Snack Packs all ready to go home…..

Butternut Squash-I love the return of Winter Squash this time of year.  A perfect midsized squash for oven roasting, cubed in a stir fry or for a creamy soup.

Fingerling Potatoes-A delicious late season potato.  Great crop for us this year.  Delicious roasted or hold their shape well in soups and stews.

Fingerlings washed and ready to be weighed out for the shares.

Fingerlings washed and ready to be weighed out for the shares.

Cabbage-The variety is called Caraflex. Excellent sweet, mild cabbage flavor.  Perfect for salad, slaw or cooked dishes.

Caraflex Cabbage at harvest.

Caraflex Cabbage at harvest.

Asian Green-Tokyo Bekana.  A pretty lime green mini chinese cabbage.  Enjoy fresh in salads or add at the end to a quick stir fry.

Tokyo Bekana ready to be harvested.

Tokyo Bekana ready to be harvested.

Beta Mix-We love this greens mix.  Grows well only in cool temperatures.  A great combination of assorted beet tops and mini swiss chard.  It is amazing fresh in salads but also can be wilted down as a quick side.

Sweet Peppers-Again! We picked a few from our fantastic pepper crop this year and 1-2 will appear in your share.  This is the end of the pepper harvest for the year.

Pepper plants still producing...it's October!

Pepper plants still producing…It’s October!

Swiss Chard-The first cutting off our late summer planting.  We replant our Swiss Chard mid summer as the new plants provide sweet tender new growth.  Eat leaves and stems fresh or stir fry.  Tastes great with scambled eggs.

Swiss Chard at harvest.

Swiss Chard at harvest.

Swiss Chard in the washing tank.

Swiss Chard in the washing tank.

 

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Butternut Squash-I love the return of Winter Squash this time of year.  A perfect midsized squash for oven roasting, cubed in a stir fry or for a creamy soup.

Fingerling Potatoes-A delicious late season potato.  Great crop for us this year.  Delicious roasted or hold their shape well in soups and stews.

Portioning out the fingerling potato harvest.

Portioning out the fingerling potato harvest.

Sweet Potatoes!!-Here they come and they are wonderful!  We dug a few this week for the full share and even right from the field they are sweet.  We ate some for dinner this weekend. Sweet potatoes “sweeten” up with curing.  Keep them in a warm location for storage-NOT in your refrigerator.

Sweet potatoes in the field.

Sweet potatoes in the field.

And after washing.

And after washing.

 

Asian Green-Tokyo Bekana.  A pretty lime green mini chinese cabbage.  Enjoy fresh in salads or add at the end to a quick stir fry.

Tokyo Bekana ready to be cut.

Tokyo Bekana ready to be cut.

 

Beta Mix-We love this greens mix.  Grows well only in cool temperatures.  A great combination of assorted beet tops and mini swiss chard.  It is amazing fresh in salads but also can be wilted down as a quick side.

Mini Sweet Pepper Mix-Another bounty this week of this little gem.  A nice sized bag for all of full share.  The end of the pepers for the season.

Mini sweet pepper plants in the garden.

Mini sweet pepper plants in the garden.

 

Swiss Chard-The first cutting off our late summer planting.  We replant our Swiss Chard mid summer as the new plants provide sweet tender new growth.  Eat leaves and stems fresh or stir fry.  Tastes great with scambled eggs.

Scott washing the Swiss Chard.

Scott washing the Swiss Chard.

Beans-The last harvest of the tasty romano beans.  So good lighty steamed.

Fennel-A final harvest to of this crop.  Great shaved in fresh salads or wonderful flavor roasted.

Cherry Tomatoes-This is it for the season.  The end of our great tomato year. Enjoy the final taste of garden cherries until next July…..

The end of the sweet chery tomato harvest.

The end of the sweet chery tomato harvest.

 

Eggplant-A few in every share.  Final harvest of the season.

 

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-LAST SHARE OF THE SUMMER SEASON….HONEY, SQUASH, SWEET POTATOES, POTATOES, LEEKS, MIXED GREENS, CHINESE CABBAGE, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, CELERY, KALE, ARUGULA, RADISHES AND MORE……..

 

 

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The last week of September and it finally hit us.  The Summer growing season is coming to an end.  This past week I had this odd anxious feeling that I really should be doing “something” or I am forgetting about some really important “have to do”.  The thoughts lingered all week long and then it occured to me…..since mid Feburary every week I start seeds and this past week no seed starting. We have a detailed seed starting schedule to keep our rotations on track.  Lettuce every 6-8 days, 120 cells over and over all summer long, fast growing leafy greens every 2-3 weeks several flats are planted. Early in the season all the tomatoes, peppers and eggplant seedlings fill the greenhouse and then 500+ brassicas then 3 weeks later again and then 4 weeks later again, bean seeds into the garden in long rows in June 2 weeks apart and then again a month later.  The carrot planting rotation….. and the seed planting list goes on.  Planting seeds has been my focus for a long time and now that duty is done.  A very strange feeling.

So, with all this odd free time we plug along with the last weeding duties, garden clean up and harvest schedule.  We are just dragging out the potato harvest as other duties present themselves and this week we will start the fingerlings and dig a few sweet potatoes to tuck in the last shares of the season.  I am excited to see these beauties and eat them too!  The hoop house is transitioning to Winter Share production and over winter spinach is slowly taking over any available space with hopes for an early Spring bounty. Wire frames were ordered for Holiday evergreen wreaths and every so often Scott or I will mention a fun winter art project we are looking forward to crafting.  Life is changing around here.

Watering in the winter share pac choi transplants.

Watering in the Winter Share pac choi transplants.

 

SUMMER SHARE #18

The 2015 CSA Season Survey is in the shares this week.  We would love to read your thoughts and ideas about this year’s season.  Please return your comments by last share pick up/delivery-October 12th.  Thank you.

With the end of the Summer Season approaching please gather and return all share bags and reusable packaging material.

 

457 pounds of produce from the garden this week.  Enjoy the bounty!

 

 

Maeve kept herself busy while we were packaging shares. She decided to make a deer repealent for the garden....dish soap, baking soda, mints and cinnamon. Thnk it will work?

Maeve kept herself very busy while we were packaging shares. She decided to make a natural deer repellent for the garden….dish soap, baking soda, mints and cinnamon. Think it will work?

 

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Lettuce-A delicious head of juicy romaine.

 

Pretty romaine ready to harvest.

Pretty romaine ready to harvest.

Romaine harvest.

Romaine harvest from the hoop house.

Spinach!-A bounty bag of fantastic spinach.  2 varieties and they are great!  Enjoy this Autumn treat.

Beautiful Spinach.

Beautiful Spinach.

2 rows of spinach cut 1 to go. Leaf by leaf by leaf.....we harvest.

2 rows of spinach cut 1 to go. Leaf by leaf by leaf…..we harvest each leaf individually to insure undamaged perfect future growth.

Asian green mix-A spicy blend of greens to eat fresh or saute.

Beans-An end of season treat! A flavorful romano bean called Capitano. Tender and delicious.

Romano beans ready to be picked.

Romano beans ready to be picked.

Acorn Squash-The true sign to me that we are starting our Autumn Season.  Here comes the winter squash.

Radish-A snappy bag of thin French Breakfast and round red Sora.

Kohlrabi-A jumbo German variety that tastes great raw added to salads or fun to dip.

Kohlrabi soaking in the wash tank.

Kohlrabi soaking in the wash tank.

A quick brushing to remove any field dirt.

A quick brushing to remove any field dirt.

Sweet Pepper-We picked an assortment of the never ending pepper bounty and 1 will appear in each share.  What a great crop this year!

Zucchini-1-2 of the end of the summer squash harvest.  Funny to me to have summer and winter squash in the same share.

Slice Heirloom Tomato-Perhaps the end of the tomatoes for the season.  Enjoy this last taste of summer.

 

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Lettuce-A delicious head of juicy romaine.

Cutting the romaine before it is crated up and hauled to the wash tank.

Cutting the romaine before it is crated up and hauled to the wash tank.

Asian green mix-A spicy blend of greens to eat fresh of saute.

Scott cut the outside crop.

Scott cut the outside crop.

And I cut the hoop house crop.

And I cut the hoop house crop.

Arugula-A nice big bag to eat fresh or saute.  Spicy and delicious.

Arugula at harvest.

Arugula at harvest.

Mini Sweet Pepper Mix-Another great harvest this week of these pretty gems.

Beautiful.......

Beautiful…….

Sweet Pepper-We picked an assortment of the never ending pepper bounty and 2 will appear in each share.  What a great crop this year!

Jalapeno-Several hot jalapenos in every share.

Beans!-We just started picking this end of season treat.  Enjoy!

The last bean row of the season.

The last bean row of the season.

Green beans ready to be picked.....

Green beans ready to be picked…..

Green beans chilled and ready to be bagged.

Green beans chilled and ready to be bagged.

Acorn Squash-The true sign to me that we are starting our Autumn Season.  Here comes the winter squash.

Cabbage-A pointed mini variety called Caraflex. Sweet mild cabbage flavor.  Excellent fresh in salads or slaws.

Salad Turnips-We just started harvesting these cool weather treats and wanted to tuck a few in.

Cherry Tomatoes-This may be the end of these little beauties for the season.

Paste tomatoes-Enough to make a hearty chili or stew this week.

Slice Heirloom Tomato-Perhaps the end of the tomatoes for the season.  Enjoy this last taste of summer.

 

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-swiss chard, fingerling potatoes, celery, winter squash, spinach, greens mix, radish, honey?, beans, leeks, and more….

 

 

LAST SHARE OF THE TUMMER 2015 SEASON IS OCTOBER12TH.

 

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A good friend commented this past week that “your gardening must be just about done for the season….”.  “NO WAY!” was my reply.  We are still picking the remaining tomatoes and our 2nd planting of summer squash are chugging along offering up a few beauties every day.  The pepper crop amazes us with it’s beautiful bounty we haul out every week and all the long season Autumn crops are just kicking in. Lots of broccoli and cabbage in the fields too.  Sweet potatoes are still in the ground and we still have remaining potatoes to hand dig.  Not to mention that we just seeded in some late quick radishes and turnips last week and hoop house transplants are still in the greenhouse ready to go. Oh, and the juicy Fall spinach has just kicked in too…. We have a long growing season remaining this year with lots of goodies to share.  And pretty excited about what is yet to come.  We’re not slowing down yet.  We do wonder and worry about the first frost but Scott has pulled out the hoops and row cover if needed for a chilly night to protect our last crops in the garden.

We had 2 inches of perfect rain this past week and the new little garden seedlings loved it and have responded with robust growth…..but, we had to water daily in the hoop house to keep everyone happy.

Daily Hoop house watering.

Daily Hoop house watering.

We spent this past week once again weeding out all the little seedlings in the garden and hoop house.  A long slow job but enjoyable in the cooler days of Autumn. Scott is weed wacking his way around the edges of the garden that get ignored during the busy days of summer.  Our compost piles got flipped and we are slowly cleaning up the areas of the garden that are opening up.  We hope to move and expand our rhubarb area and have mapped out a better location and this area needs to be prepped.  Our garlic beds need to get prepared as well-and then planted….another fun week ahead of the beginning duties for next season.

SUMMER SHARE #17

Scott packing the shares this morning.

Scott packing the shares this morning.

A wonderful share this week….652 pounds from the garden.

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Asian Greens leafy blend-A great mix of leafy greens.  Mildly spicy and very pretty.

Asian Greens mix at harvest.

Asian Greens mix at harvest.

Asian Greens harvest from the hoop house.

Asian Greens harvest from the hoop house.

Sweet Peppers-We picked an assortment again this week and 1-2 will be in your share.

Maeve snuck up and took a picture of me way back in the pepper patch.

Maeve snuck up and took a picture of me way back in the pepper patch.

Maeve's pepper picture.

Maeve’s pepper picture.

Zucchini-A great harvest from the 2nd planting of our summer squash patch.

Brussels Sprouts-Finally here!  We love this crop.  Enjoy!  A nice big bag in your share this week.

Picking Brusslels Sprouts in the HUGE! patch....

Picking Brusslels Sprouts in the HUGE! patch….

Edamame-Another week of this perfect treat.

Spaghetti Squash-The last of this crop for the season.

Scott and Maeve washing the spaghetti squash before we put them in the shares.

Scott and Maeve washing the spaghetti squash before we put them in the shares.

Cherry Tomatoes-Still here!  Our Tomato plants are slowing down and we are nearing the end of this crop.

Washed and ready to be portioned off for this week's shares.

Washed and ready to be portioned off for this week’s shares.

Heirloom Slice Tomatoes-We are nearing the end of our great tomato season.  1 or 2 in every share.  Enjoy the final tastes of the season.

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Beautiful Heirloom Slicers.

Potatoes-This week’s potato is Superior.  A long term storage potato and versatile-great baked, steamed, roasted or fried.  This variety is a popular variety grown for potato chips.

Broccoli-Erdman and Lerdahl Snack Shares Only.

Eggplant-Baraboo Snack Shares Only.

Morning pick of Eggplant.

Morning pick of Eggplant.

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Asian Greens leafy blend-A great mix of leafy greens.  Mildly spicy and very pretty.

Asian greens harvest.

Asian greens harvest.

Asian greens picked and ready to be washed.

Asian greens picked and ready to be washed.

Spinach!-The first harvest of the Autumn crop….enjoy.

Spinach at harvest.

Spinach at harvest.

Maeve sneaking a spinach snack.

Maeve sneaking a spinach snack.

Spinach double rinsed, spun and ready to be bagged for this week's shares.

Spinach double rinsed, spun and ready to be bagged for this week’s shares.

Sweet Peppers-We picked an assortment again this week and 1-2 will be in your share.

Maeve's picture of Pepper picking.

Maeve’s picture of Pepper picking.

Brussels Sprouts-Finally here!  We love this crop.  Enjoy!  A nice big bag in your share this week.

Harvesting Brussels Sprouts.

Harvesting Brussels Sprouts.

Edamame-Another week of this perfect treat.

Spaghetti Squash-The last of this crop for the season.

All washed up and ready for the shares.

All washed up and ready for the shares.

Cherry Tomatoes-Still here!  Our Tomato plants are slowing down and we are nearing the end of this crop.

Pretty Cherry Tomatoes.....

Pretty Cherry Tomatoes…..I just love these pictures.

Heirloom Slice Tomatoes-We are nearing the end of our great tomato season.  1 or 2 in every share.  Enjoy the final tastes of the season.

Heirloom Slicers ready for the shares....

Heirloom Slicers ready for the shares….

Paste Tomatoes-A nice sized bag for a quick sauce.

Potatoes-This week’s potato is Superior.  A long term storage potato and versatile-great baked, steamed, roasted or fried.  This variety is a popular variety grown for potato chips.

Radish-A 1st Fall harvest of the tasty French Breakfast.

Kohlrabi-I have always wanted to grow these jumbo beauties….and here they are.  A 1st in our CSA.

A huge german jumbo variety. Snappy and delicious.

A huge german jumbo variety. Snappy and delicious.

Shallots-Long Storage life.  Mild flavor.  Delicious.

Shallots cured in the greenhouse.

Shallots cured in the greenhouse.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-ROMAINE LETTUCE (FINALLY!), MIXED LEAFY GREENS, SPINACH, SALAD TURNIPS, SWISS CHARD, SQUASH, PEPPERS, RADISH, SWEET POTATOES???, BEANS!!!! AND MORE…….

 

REMINDER-LAST SHARE OF THE SEASON IS OCTOBER 12TH.  PLEASE RETURN ALL BAGS AND PACKAGING MATERIAL BEFORE THE END OF THE SEASON.

 

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Cool damp mornings-we wear an extra layer, long johns and a cap. Work is easier in the milder autumn temperatures.  The air smells good, and the sunlight is heavier.  I love this time of year!  It energizes us and we to hustle with these last growing days of the Summer Season.  Crops we have tended all season long are finally being harvested and the delicious leafy greens that only grow when it is cool are sprouted, up and thriving.  We look forward to every day but wonder when that first frost will arrive.

Big projects all week long.  LONG, really LONG rows of greens needed to be weeded and thinned that often took hours, the pear harvest bonanza continued, squash from the field, a huge edamame harvest and canning!  Our days were full and happy.

Scott kept bringing up crates and crates of the wonderful pears.  We have never had a harvest like this.  Scott’s daughter Amy and I spent a day making delicious pear sauce for winter enjoyment.   48 pints when the day was done and a very sticky kitchen that had to be wiped down before bed.

We called ourselves LaVerne and Shirley and chugged along. 10+ hours of pear slicing.

The Pear Factory….We called ourselves LaVerne and Shirley and chugged along. 10+ hours of pear slicing!

SUMMER SHARE #16

Fun treats are tucked in the share this week.  Enjoy!  500 pounds of garden delights.

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Edamame-We love this crop!  A great snack or add the beans to soups and sauces.  Steam or a brief dip in boiling water.  Salt if you wish.  Remove the beans from the pod and eat.  Wonderful sweet flavor.  We had to call Scott’s daughter Amy back again to help.  This time she had to work in the soybean factory allllllllll day.  Thank you Amy for saving us.

 

Another labor intensive job. All day pulling the edamame pods from the vine......

Another labor intensive job. All day pulling the edamame pods from the vine……

 

Busy sisters.

Busy sisters.

A tub pf edamame pods plucked from the plants.

A tub of edamame pods plucked from the plants.

Carrots-Yep, Again……we are pleased really pleased…… Snappy and delicious.  This variety is called Romance and a favorite.

Scott harvesting Romance carrots in the garden.

Scott harvesting Romance carrots in the garden.

Carrots after the first rinse.

Carrots after the first rinse.

Sweet Pepper-We picked an assortment again this week and 1 will appear in your share.

Sweet Pepper harvest.

Sweet Pepper harvest.

Hot Jalapeno Peppers-A few for each as the plants were loaded this week.

Eggplant-ERDMAN AND LARDAHL SNACK PACK SHARES ONLY THIS WEEK.

Pears-More wonderful pears to enjoy this week.  We had 1 CSA member comment that they had no idea that this is what “real pears” taste like.

Pac Choi-Beautiful juicy heads from the hoop house.  Eat fresh as a salad or add to a stir fry or soups.

Pac Choi at harvest.

Pac Choi at harvest.

Potatoes-More of those purple Magic Molly wonders.  Fantastic flavor.  These are perfect for roasting or a short steam or even a few minutes in the microwave.

Arugula-A snappy bag to add to pizza or enjoy with a salad.  I love them added to a sandwich for a little zip.

Arugula at harvest

Arugula at harvest.

Cherry Tomatoes-The plants are slowing down and we hope for a few more weeks of these beauties.

This week's cherry tomato harvest ready to be washed.

This week’s cherry tomato harvest ready to be washed.

Slice Heirloom Tomato-1 for everyone.  We are nearing the end of the tomato season.

FULL SHARE

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Edamame-We love this crop!  A great snack or add the bean to soups or sauces.  Steam or a brief dip in boiling water.  Salt if you wish.  Remove the beans from the pod and eat.  Wonderful sweet flavor.  We had to call Scott’s daughter Amy back again to help.  This time she had to work in the soybean factory allllllllll day.  Thank you Amy for saving us.

Maeve took a picture of us hard at work.

Maeve took a picture of us hard at work.

Relaxing in the edamame debris pile.

Relaxing in the edamame debris pile.

Carrots-Yep, Again……we are pleased really pleased. Snappy and delicious.  This variety is called Romance and a favorite.

Carrots washing in the old wringer washer.....

Carrots washing in the old wringer washer…..

Maeve helped with the washing.

Maeve helped with the washing.

And the clean up.

And the clean up.

Of a great carrot harvest.

Of a great carrot harvest.

Mini Sweet Pepper Mix-A color bag of these pretty snackers.

Mini sweet pepper harvest.

Mini sweet pepper harvest.

Sweet Pepper-We picked an assortment again this week and 1 will appear in your share.

Jimmy Nardello Sweet Pepper-A great sweet pepper added to the Slow Arc Of Taste a few years back.

Jimmy Nardello Sweet Peppers in the garden.

Jimmy Nardello Sweet Peppers in the garden.

Hot Jalapeno Peppers-A few for each as the plants were loaded this week.

Pears-More wonderful pears to enjoy this week.  We had 1 CSA member comment that they had no idea that this is what “real pears” taste like.

Pac Choi-Beautiful juicy heads from the hoop house.  Eat fresh as a salad or add to a stir fry or soups.

Pac Choi Cut and ready to be crated.

Pac Choi Cut and ready to be crated.

Pac Choi Harvest headed to the washing station.

Pac Choi Harvest headed to the washing station.

Potatoes-More of those purple Magic Molly wonders.  Fantastic flavor.  These are perfect for roasting or a short steam or even a few minutes in the microwave.

Cherry Tomatoes-The plants are slowing down and we hope for a few more weeks of these beauties.

Slice Heirloom Tomato-1 for everyone.  We are nearing the end of the tomato season.

Broccoli-The start of the Fall broccoli harvest.

 

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-brussels sprouts (for sure!), asian greens mix, swiss chard, spaghetti squash, potatoes, edamame tomatoes, spinach (it’s back!) and more…….

 

MONDAY OCTOBER 12TH WILL BE THE LAST SHARE OF THE SUMMER SEASON……..

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Happy Back to School to all the kid’s in our CSA Family.  Hope it was a great first week.

Maeve getting off the bus on the 1st day of school.

Maeve getting off the bus on the 1st day of school.

Hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend.  It always seems to me that Labor Day is the good-bye send off to Summer and the door cracking  open to Autumn.  My favorite time of the year.

A wonderful rain here this morning after the hot dry week we had.  Perfect for all the new little Autumn seedlings starting in the garden.

We chugged along last week in the heat.  Keeping the new seedlings moist in the garden and hoop house was a focus everyday.  We weeded around the last cabbbage and broccoli crops, seeding in some late greens on the hoop house, dug and dug potatoes, and started the great pear harvest.  Our duties are shifting with the season and it feels good.

SUMMER SHARE #15

Shares ready to go home today!

Shares ready to go home today!

Another amazing week of goodies….enjoy!  We just crested the 1000 pound goal.  1026 pounds going home this week.

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Purple Potatoes-The variety is called Magic Molly and they are delicious!  The prettiest mashed potatoes.  Pale lavender and creamy.  Can be boiled baked or fried too.  A fun surpise at dinner.  I made purple potato salad for a family gathering this past weekend with these beauties and it was a hit.

Magic Molly Potatoes fresh from the field.

Magic Molly Potatoes fresh from the field.

Another heart tucked in someone's share as a surprise.

Another heart tucked in someone’s share as a surprise.

Pears!-Perfect Pears!!  An amazing pear harvest for us this year.  Best ever.  What a treat for all.  This variety is the second to ripen.  Creamy and sweet.  Unfortunately several years ago I misplaced all the labels and our site planting map so not sure of the variety.

Scott harvesting high in the tree.

Scott harvesting high in the tree.

Maeve picking the low beauties.

Maeve picking the low beauties.

A pear for canning.....

A pear for canning this week.

Mini Pepper Mix-This crop is just starting to come on strong.  A big harvest of these gems for the shares this week.

 ini Sweet Peppers on the plant. It was so muggy that day the camera was fogging up.


Mini Sweet Peppers on the plant. It was so muggy that day the camera was fogging up.

Pretty mini sweet peppers at harvest.

Pretty mini sweet peppers at harvest.

Sweet Pepper-1 larger sweet pepper. We harvested Carmens, Biscayne, colorful Bells, and thick walled Pizza peppers this week.  1 will appear in your share.

Ground Cherries-A pint of these tasty sweet treats.

Cherry Tomato Mix-A 1/2 pint mix this week.

Packing the Cherry Tomatoes for the shares.

Packing the Cherry Tomatoes for the shares.

Heirloom Slice Tomato-1 for all this week.  Our heirloom slicers have peaked for the season.

Celery-Great celery flavor.  Use for soups and stews.  Add to stir frys or the leaves are wonderful added to mix salads.

Salsa Kits-Now this is fun!  Everything you need to make a batch of homemade salsa.  Kit included…..tomatoes, jalapeno, storage onion, garlic, and cilantro.  Enjoy!

Cilantro at harvest.

Cilantro at harvest.

 

Jalapeno plants were loaded this week.

Jalapeno plants were loaded this week.

Sunflower Bouquet-A beautiful Mixed bouquet to welcome Autumn into your home.

Cutting the sunflowers in the field.

Cutting the sunflowers in the field.

 

Cantaloupe or Watermelon-1 or the other will appear in your share.  This is the end of our melon season.

Maeve's usual mode of heading to the melon patch.

Maeve’s usual mode of heading to the melon patch.

 

Taste test.

Taste test.

 

FULL SHARE

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Purple Potatoes-The variety is called Magic Molly and they are delicious!  The prettiest mashed potatoes.  Pale lavender and creamy.  Can be boiled baked or fried too.  A fun surpise a meal time.  I made purple potato salad for a family gathering this past weekend with these beauties and it was a hit.

PPurple potatoes drying after washing.

Purple potatoes drying after washing.

Purple Potato Salad preperations.

Purple Potato Salad preperations.

Pears!-Perfect Pears!!  An amazing pear harvest for us this year.  Best ever.  What a treat for all.  This variety is the second to ripen.  Creamy and sweet.  Unfortunately several years ago I misplaced all the labels and our site planting map so not sure of the variety.

Pear Harvest.

Pear Harvest.

 

Maeve taking a snack break.

Maeve taking a snack break.

 

Sweet Pepper-We harvested Carmens, Biscayne, colorful Bells, and thick walled Pizza peppers this week.  2 will appear in your share.

Sweet Pepper harvest.

Sweet Pepper harvest.

Ground Cherries-A pint of these tasty sweet treats.

Cherry Tomato Mix-A 1/2 pint mix this week.

Heirloom Slice Tomato-1 for all this week.  Our heirloom slicers have peaked for the season.

Celery-Great celery flavor.  Use for soups and stews.  Add to stir frys or the leaves are wonderful added to mix salads.

Salsa Kits-Now this is fun!  Everything you need to make a batch of homemade salsa.  Kit included…..tomatoes, jalapeno, storage onion, garlic, and cilantro.  Enjoy!

Jalapenos in the garden.

Jalapenos in the garden.

Cilantro "harvest" in the green house.

Cilantro “harvest” in the green house.

Sunflower Bouquet-A beautiful Mixed bouquet to welcome Autumn into your home.

Maeve helping with the bouquets.

Ready to make bouquets.

Eggplant-1-2 in each share this week.  They loved the heat last week and we had a great harvest.

What a beauty.

What a beauty.

Cantaloupe or Watermelon.  1 or the other will appear in your share.  This is the end of our melon season.

Pretty!

Field Check.  Pretty!

Scott hauling up the last melon harvest at dark.

Scott and Maeve hauling up the last melon harvest at dusk.

Zucchini-The new crop is just starting to really produce.  Nice to have these back in the shares again.

Arugula-A nice sized bag to spice up the week.  Snappy in salads and great on pizza.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-peppers, edamame, pac choi, spaghetti squash, summer squash, tomatoes, brussels sprouts (really!), lettuce, radish, broccoli and more…..

The early Brusslels Sprouts are almost ready.

The early Brusslels Sprouts are almost ready.

ALL! Brussels Sprouts. 4 varieties are out there.

ALL! Brussels Sprouts. 4 varieties are out there.

 

 

 

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A fun week of chilly days that lit the fire in us that it is time to hustle and get those last Autumn crops in the ground.  The sunlight is changing and we can feel the difference.  The days start a bit later as it is just too dark and we quit a bit earlier as we just cannot see well enough to pull the weeds.  It is a nice change from the long days of mid summer.  Supper is earlier and bedtime too.

Outside garden transplanting is done for the season.  An odd feeling.   The last transplanted broccoli  went out and it is a long shot.  We try a late LATE! broccoli rotation just for fun.  This variety is a cold hardy variety that we love to try and stretch it to Thanksgiving.  With a bit of row cover (sometimes 2 layers) we are able to have a super late harvest.  We have the room now in the garden and it is worth a try.  It all depends on the weather and a bit of luck.

The last transplants going in the garden for the year. Late LATE! broccoli with high hopes......of a Thanksgiving harvest.

The last transplants going in the garden for the year. Late LATE! broccoli with high hopes of a Thanksgiving harvest.

Long rows of late broccoli.

Long rows of late broccoli.

We zipped around the garden and hoop house planting all the late leafy green, turnips and radish crops that thrive in the cooler temperatures of Autumn.  Scott prepped the beds and snapped the lines and I was right behind planting the seeds.

Radishes germinating in the garden.

Radishes germinating in the garden.

We have started harvesting the late squash and pulling the beginning of the late Summer/Fall carrots and it looks like it will be a bounty.  Still chugging along with the potatoes and hopefully this duty will be done at the end of this week.  Oh, Scott is going to peek in on the bees this week as they seem to be extra busy.  Honey in our future!

 

REMINDER……NEXT WEEK’S CSA PICK UP AND DELIVERY WILL BE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH NOT MONDAY THE 7TH DUE TO THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND….

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PLEASE RETURN ALL BAGS AND REUSABLE PACKING MATERIALS…WE’RE RUNNING LOW.

A great share this week and as it was coming together I realized it is a week of “smooth and round”…..enjoy!  1381 pounds from the garden going home to share members tonight.

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Head Lettuce-A nice head of that delicious Summer Crunch.  Our lettuce rotation will start shifting with the season to cooler lettuces, leaf lettuce and green mixes will return soon.

Sweet Pepper-The pepper plants are still loaded with tons of peppers.  A great pepper year for us.  Enjoy.

Peppers on the plants yet to mature....a few weeks of peppers remain.

Peppers on the plants yet to mature….a few weeks of peppers remain.

Summer Sweet Onions-This is the end of our summer onion harvest.  Store in the refrigerator as these are not storage onions.

Cucumbers-This is the end of the cucumbers for the Snack Pack Shares for the season.  We are going to pull the vines this week and plant long rows of Spinach.

Carrots-Delicious Crunchy Carrots!-As I mentioned before 1 of our goals this year was to grow tons of delicious carrots….enjoy another rotation of these tasty treats.

Scott pulling the carrots.

Scott pulling the carrots.

As scott pulled the carrots I cut the tops off and then into the old wringer washer for a rinse.

As Scott pulled the carrots I cut the tops off and then they went into the old wringer washer for a rinse.

Scott weighing out the carrots.

Scott weighing out the carrots.

Spaghetti Squash-I love the start of squash harvest season…..we added this crop last year at the suggestion of a CSA member on their end of the season survey.  Such a good idea and a great addition to our weekly mid season shares.  Enjoy.

Spaghetti Squash in the field at harvest.

Spaghetti Squash in the field at harvest.

Spaghetti Squash ready to be crated up.

Spaghetti Squash ready to be crated up.

Harvesting the Spaghettii Squash.

Harvesting the Spaghetti Squash.

Cherry Tomato Mix-A sweet 1/2 pint again this week.

Packing the Cherry tomato shares.

Packing the Cherry tomato shares.

Paste Tomato Assortment-A combination of 4 varieties.  Enough to make a quick sauce this week.

Slice Heirloom Tomato-The Slice tomato harvest slowed this week with the cool and overcast days.  We have some but not the bounty of last week.

Watermelon-Another great watermelon harvest!  This variety is called Blacktail Mountain.  Larger then past harvests and SWEET!  We are enjoy watermelon daily around here and Maeve invented a great treat.

Maeve drinking her watermelon juice.

Maeve drinking her watermelon juice.

Scott and Maeve at the end of the Black Tail Mountain watermelon harvest.

Scott and Maeve at the end of the Black Tail Mountain watermelon harvest.

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We do a quick morning harvest to grab the last goodies from the garden on CSA day…..

A few more veggies to go in the shares.....

A few more veggies to go in the shares…..

Head Lettuce-A nice head of that delicious Summer Crunch.  Our lettuce rotation will start shifting with the season to cooler lettuces, leaf lettuce and green mixes will return soon.

Sweet Pepper-The pepper plants are still loaded with tons of peppers.  A great pepper year for us.  Enjoy.

Mini Sweet Pepper Mix-A nice bag of these tasty treats.

Mini sweet pepper harvest.

Mini sweet pepper harvest.

Summer Sweet Onions-This is the end of our summer onion harvest.  Store in the refrigerator as these are not storage onions.

Mini Cipollini Starage Onion Mix-These cute little guys are the start of the storage onions in the shares.  Great for grilling or adding to soups and stews.

Cucumber-The last of the Long European slicing cucumbers.  The vines are coming down this week.

Carrots-Delicious Crunchy Carrots!-As I mentioned before 1 of our goals this year was to grow tons of delicious carrots….enjoy another rotation of these tasty treats.

Carrots at harvest.

Carrots at harvest.

This little bird hung out with us for the entire carrot harvest. He even sat on Scott's hood and shoulder.....and perched on the edge of carrot crate as I cut the greens.

This little bird hung out with us for the entire carrot harvest. He even sat on Scott’s hood and shoulder…..and perched on the edge of carrot crate as I cut the greens.  Wonder what he was waiting for???

Official taste tester.....

Official taste tester…..

Spaghetti Squash-I love the start of squash harvest season…..we added this crop last year at the suggestion of a CSA member on their end of the season survey.  Such a good idea and a great addition to our weekly mid season shares.  Enjoy.

The bountiful Spaghetti Squash harvest.

The bountiful Spaghetti Squash harvest.

Getting the Spaghetti Squash harvested from the field.

Getting the Spaghetti Squash harvested from the field.

Cherry Tomato Mix-A sweet 1/2 pint again this week.

Cherry tomatoes on the vine....

Cherry tomatoes on the vine….

Washed and ready to be portioned off....

Washed and ready to be portioned off….

Paste Tomato Assortment-A combination of 4 varieties.  Enough to make a quick sauce this week.

Slice Heirloom Tomato-The Slice tomato harvest slowed this week with the cool and overcast days.  We have some but not the bounty of last week.

Watermelon-Another great watermelon harvest!  This variety is called Blacktail Mountain.  Larger then past harvests and SWEET!

Maeve likes to start the harvest off with a treat....

Maeve likes to start the harvest off with a treat….

Potatoes-A bag of smaller Carola potatoes.  Perfect for roasting or boiling and/or broiling.  Scott’s favorite potato.

This little heart shaped wonder is tucked in as a surprise in a share this week.

This little heart shaped wonder is tucked in as a surprise in a share this week.

Kohlrabi-The end of the summer kohlrabi.

Sunflower Bouquet-Enjoy!  We love sunflowers at the end of summer….more to come.

Sunflowers at harvest.

Sunflowers at harvest.

Bringing up the sunflower harvest....

Bringing up the sunflower harvest….

Making bouquets for this week's Full Share.

Making bouquets for this week’s Full Share.

Cantaloupe-Finally!  We have been waiting for these guys…. the start of the cantaloupe season.

Eggplant-The harvest slowed a bit in the cooler temperatures last week but enough for Full Share.

Eggplant at harvest.

Eggplant at harvest.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-SALSA MIX KITS, TOMATOES, GROUND CHERRY, CELERY, COLLARDS, CANTALOUPE, PEPPERS, SPAGHETTI SQUASH, PURPLE POTATOES, PEARS, SUNFLOWERS, AND MORE…..

 

 

 

 

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WOW!  What a difference a week makes. Cooler temperatures that feel almost cold some mornings.  Warm sweaters, a few extra layers and a cap that all come off around lunchtime and back on again in the evenings.  It is transitioning quickly to Autumn.  Wonderful rain showers arrived-finally! that came down long, slow and steady.  We had over 2 inches and the garden sure perked up and our irrigation load has eased.

The end of season hussle is here.  Last crops are all about in and the Fall and Winter over Spinach seeded in too.   We start the huge potato harvest that always seems a bit overwhelming but we chug along.  Cleaning up the edges of the garden and a heavy harvest load keep us busy.

Those tasty plums that we did not eat fresh are all stored in the basement in quart jars as beautiful jewel toned juice.  I’ll added some to our pear sauce for color, jazz up our winter smoothies and drink it straight as a treat this winter.

Plums washed and ready for the steam extractor.

Plums washed and ready for the steam extractor.

Delicious juice at the end of the day.

Delicious juice at the end of the day.

SUMMER SHARE #13

Another great summer harvest this week.  And another 1000+ pound week thanks to those watermelon.  1281 pounds of fantastic garden goodies going home this week.  Eat well!

SNACK PACK

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Lettuce-A crunchy dark romaine is the treat this week.

Kale-A nice sized assorted bundle to add to a fresh salad, smoothy or make baked crisps.

The Kale row at harvest.

The Kale row at harvest.

Ground Cherries-They are back!  We did not plant them last year and many members commented on the end of season survey that they were missed.  So a nice long row went in of these sweet treats.  Keep on the counter and not in refrigerator.  Peel back the husk and eat fresh.  Tastes a little like pineapple to us.

IMG_8323Ground Cherry row.

Ground Cherry row.

Sweet Mini Pepper Mix Snackers-A beautiful and bountiful bag of these pretty treats.

Bagging the sweet mini peppers. What a harvest!

Bagging the sweet mini peppers. What a harvest!

Sweet Bell Pepper-1 bell in each share.

Jalapeno HOT Pepper-A few to spice up some salsa or sauce this week.

Leeks-This is the start of the late summer leek harvest. Enjoy!

Scott harvesting the late summer leeks.

Scott harvesting the late summer leeks.

Scott leek washing.

Scott leek washing.

Onions-A few more sweet summer short term onions.  Store in the refrigerator as these are not winter storage onions.

Potatoes-Another great harvest! And again thank you Uncle Jim for your help!   We love the potatoes this year.  This week is Peter Wilcox.  Great all purpose potato but excellent roasted or boiled.  Higher carotenoid content than most potatoes and delicious.

Watermelon-Another delicious melon this week.  We started harvesting 2 more varieties. 1 called Minnesota Midget that is long and has yellow rind and another called Black Tail Mountain-BIG! dark and round.

Scott and Maeve heading to the watermelon patch.

Scott and Maeve heading to the watermelon patch.

Snacking in the field.

Snacking in the field.

Gathering a few that crawled through the fence.

Gathering a few that crawled through the fence.

Cherry Tomatoes-A pretty half pint again.

Snack Pack Cherries ready to go home.

Snack Pack Cherries ready to go home.

Heirloom Slice Tomatoes-A great!!!! harvest this week.  Several in each share.

Pretty Heirlooms.

Pretty Heirlooms.

Maeve organizing the tomatoes for this week's share.

Maeve organizing the tomatoes for this week’s share.

Pears-The first year our trees have produced a bounty to share.  Keep on the kitchen counter to ripen up a bit.  Enjoy.

Pears!

Pears!

Pear harvest.

Pear harvest.

FULL SHARE

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Lettuce-A crunchy dark romaine is the treat this week.

Kale-A nice sized assorted bundle to add to a fresh salad, smoothy or make baked crisps.

Kale in the wash tank.

Kale in the wash tank.

Ground Cherries-They are back!  We did not plant them last year and many members commented on the end of season survey that they were missed.  So a nice long row went in of these sweet treats.  Keep on the counter and not in refrigerator.  Peel back the husk and eat fresh.  Tastes a little like pineapple to us.

Picking ground cherries.

Picking ground cherries.

Sweet Bell Peppers and Assorted Sweet Peppers-Several in every share.

Hauling up the pepper harvest after the rain.

Hauling up the pepper harvest after the rain.

Jalapeno HOT! Peppers-A few to spice up a few meals or salsa this week.

Leeks-This is the start of the late summer leek harvest. Enjoy!

Leeks all washed up and draining before we bundle.

Leeks all washed up and draining before we bundle.

Onions-A few more sweet summer short term onions.  Store in the refrigerator as these are not winter storage onions.

Potatoes-Another great harvest! And again thank you Uncle Jim for your help!   We love the potatoes this year.  This week is Peter Wilcox.  Great all purpose potato but excellent roasted or boiled.  Higher carotenoid content than most potatoes and delicious.

Watermelon-Another delicious melon this week.  We have started harvesting 2 more varieties. 1 called Minnesota Midget that is long and has yellow rind and another called Black Tail Mountain-BIG! dark and round.

Maeve ready to harvest watermelon.

Maeve ready to harvest watermelon.

Not quite as excited......

Not quite as excited……

A treat fixes everything....

A treat and all is well.

Hauling the watermelon harvest to the garage.

Hauling the watermelon harvest to the garage.

Kohlrabi-The last from this rotation of planting.

Cherry Tomatoes-A colorful pint again this week.

Cherry tomatoes all washed up for this week's shares.

Cherry tomatoes all washed up for this week’s shares.

Heirloom Slicing Tomatoes-A bounty harvest this week.  Enjoy!

So pretty!

So pretty!

WOW!

WOW!  Finally a great tomato year……

Cucumber-Really!  I think this is the end…..Really!

Eggplant-We planted 4 or 5 varieties this year and 1 or more will appear in your share.

Pears-The first year our trees have produced a bounty to share.  Keep on the kitchen counter to ripen up a bit.  Enjoy.

Pear harvest.

Pear harvest.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-tomatoes, spaghetti squash, celery, lettuce, garlic, melon, cantalope, summer squash, and more…….

 

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