Farm news Sept 02/2019

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, celery, tomato, pepper, beans, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini, carrots, beets, potato, onion, melon, cabbage, dill, cilantro, parsley, basil, and hot peppers.

On the farm this week:

This morning picking spinach we were reminded that it’s now September because it was 4 degrees! 4 degrees is getting a little too close to zero and it’s the first time I’ve started thinking about frost which I guess could be anytime now.  But when your greens are already in the fridge before they’re even harvested they stay fresh for a very long time.  I actually had spinach that was still good into February last year that we picked in October!

It was also extremely windy for most of last week and I saw what looked like a white dragon flying high through the sky over the field across the street.  The thought crossed my mind that might be one of our row covers, but then I thought that was impossible and decided it had to be a dragon.  But then on Sunday I went for a run I found one of our row covers in the ditch beside the road  1 mile away!  And then this morning we found a pretty big piece of cover missing in the broccoli (below) and literally half the cover on the kale had ripped straight off and was completely missing.

So as I scratched my head trying to solve this mystery of the missing row covers I noticed the same was dragon was lying in the neighbors field.  So I walked over there and it turns out it was our row cover!   Would you not have thought this was a dragon if you saw it flying high up in the sky a mile away?

I still have trouble believing this blew this far on it’s own and think there has to be a dragon involved somehow.

The wind also did us a big favour by uncovering the  brussel  sprouts for us.  I was just  thinking how  I didn’t want to uncover the brussel sprouts when suddenly the cover flew right off of them!  We’ve got about one month until we start harvesting brussel sprouts, so now we’re cutting the tops off the plants so they stop growing up and in theory put more energy into filling out their sprouts.  Brussel sprout tops are also a once a year delicacy and are delicious fried with oil and onions.  Everyone who tries them likes them!  Here’s Shenggang wading through and taking the tops off the brussel sprouts.

And our tomatoes are ripening fast now (It’s like they know it’s fall).  We picked a lot today so we will start our bulk tomato orders for csa members this week.  We’re also picking more peppers this week and there were a number of ripesh (Like they’ve started to change color but not completely yet). ones today.  So if you feel like a green pepper you can eat the green side, or if you feel like a red pepper you can eat the red side!    Also, the peppers will continue to ripen once picked.

That’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Shenggang, Karyl and Danielle.