Farm news, Oct 03/2022

We’ll have the following veggies this week for CSA:

Lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, brussels sprouts. squash, broccoli, pototo, onion, carrot, beets, celery, broccoli, tomato, peppers, leeks, radish, dill, cilantro, parsley, green onion

On the farm this week:

We’re enjoying this fall weather and getting as much done as we can before it gets nasty out. Last week we finished digging up all of our potatoes and half of our winter carrots! So we’re in pretty good shape. It’s always a bit scary heading into fall, because with our clay soil if it rains and gets cold, digging up wet carrots is a nightmare – literally. I think everyone still has nightmares of the year we were digging up carrots in November the wet snow. Here are the potatoes that we finished digging up last Thursday.

On friday I hired 10 extra people to come dig up carrots and the undercutter bar on the tractor snapped while digging up the very first bed! I find keeping 10 people organized very stressful – especially when I have nothing for them to do; so I sent them all over to Sandra who was planting garlic and stressed her out instead (you should have seen the look of panic on her face). Thankfully I found a welder who was able to repair the undercutter bar right away and couple hours later we were back digging carrots and Sandra got her alone time back and she finished planting the garlic on Friday also! We also got a new garlic breaking machine this year which saved soooo much time and so many hands. We just drop the garlic heads in the top and it shoots out all the cloves out the bottom. If anyone can guess what country we ordered it from you can win some free garlic seed already broken up!

We’ve had a bumper crop of pototoes this year, and both our coolers are completely full! So now it’s Sarahs’ turned to be totally stressed out trying to fit in our weekly veggie harvests in the coolers amidst the potatoes and carrots and keeping everything organized.

And we got a few serious frosts last week….so the cucumber and zucchinni and peppers are done for the year! We picked off all the peppers last week, so we will still have peppers taking up valuable space in the cooler as we use them up for the next few CSA pick ups. Here’s what’s left of our cucumbers and zucchini. It’s amazing how the green jungle suddenly dissappears after they all freeze. Irina wanted to try planting Marigolds between the cucumbers this year, so that’s pretty much all that’s left. Does anyone else find that Marigolds smell like farts? That’s all I can smell whenever I’m in the cucumbers.

And Sandra will now be at the market for the rest of the year to replace Michelle while she’s off being a movie star.

That’s it for this week. See you soon,

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Sandra, Tessa, Morgan and Dylan.