Farm news, Sept 14

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini, broccoli, bok choi, leeks, potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, cilantro, parsley, scallions and hot peppers.  It’s definitely leek and potato soup week.  Though it’s pretty warm, so I’m just going to pretend it’s cold and enjoy some hot soup


Here’s Sarah between the leeks and where the onions used to be and our cover crop is just coming up.  The onions are almost done drying now for winter storage.

On the farm this week:


It’s starting to look like fall, my favorite time of year,  usually because the bugs aren’t bad and it’s nice and cool. However it’s hot and the bugs are bad,  so I guess winter is my new favorite time of year – and I hate winter.

I had a busy weekend using some fancy gps surveyor gadget to map out the garden to make 3D map for figuring out how to improve the drainage for next year.  It was interesting all the wildlife you see when you’re standing there waiting for an internet signal.  I stepped on an enormous (like the size of a large dog) jack rabbit twice in one hour and it scared the life out of me both times.  I don’t know why it didn’t run away until I stepped on it – I thought maybe it was sleeping?  The first time it was hidden in the old beans.  The second time was in the hay.  I tried to chase it the second time it jumped out and ran away and they’re really fast! I almost didn’t catch it.   I still cant’ figure out what it’s eating except for the twine on the trellis which it loves to eat.

IMG_1734I also got to appreciate all the spiders.  There are so many webs in just about everything, and so many different kinds spiders.   Here are a few pictures that Sarah  and Michael took of the wildlife in the garden (I think they should be working for national geographic).  If anyone can identify the spider in the tomatoes’ you get an extra lb of tomatoes.  I didn’t see the frog, but apparently it was the size of a large dog.



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Also, here a few updates to note:
Farm Tour Sept 26!
We’re finally getting around to having a farm tour this year!  It will be on saturday sept 26 at 4 pm.  Hopefully the mosquitos will not be so bad then and there should still be things to see in the garden.  We’ll have a potluck to follow at 530 and then who knows what will happen after that.
Egg pick up update
This week is the 2nd last egg pick up, but as next week is the last week of pick up for some of you(yes 15 weeks already!), I’m hoping it is ok with everyone to do 2 weeks of eggs in a row and do next week for egg pick up also.   We just did 5 weeks  of eggs to try it out will consider doing a longer run of eggs if there is interest next year.
Winter csa sign ups soon
People have been asking about the winter CSA and it’s happening again this winter, I’ll be notifying you of sign ups in the next week or two.

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

Jonathan, Nicole and Sarah.