Farm news, Sept 18/2017

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

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, tomatos, peppers, eggplant, leeks, onions, potatos, carrots, beets, squash, dill, cilantro, parsley, basil, scallions and hot peppers.

For squashes we have: acorn, butternut, spaghetti, blue hubbard, red kuri, red kobocha, buttercup, sweet dumpling and pie pumpkins and some regular pumpkins coming later. Here’s the quick down low on the less familair squashes(copied from the seed catalogue):

Blue hubbard – the only blue one we have.  Sweet flesh  bright orange fiberless flesh.  Skin is tender compared to other hubbards making it easier to cut.

Red Kuri –  An oragne hubbard squash.  It’s teardrop shape will help distinguish it from the  red kobacha which is flat and round.   It’s good for pies and purees bc it’s specks of skin will not show.

Red Kobacha:  Tender flesh is smooth, sweet and bright orange for baking, mashing and pies.  They’re flat and round

Buttercup:  Have deep orange fiberless flesh with a rich sweet flavor.

Sweet dumpling:  It has the ivory color and dark green stripes of delicata, but in a round flat topped shape.  Very sweet, tender orange flesh and good for stuffing.


On the farm this week:

This is our 15th week of CSA, so the last week for some of you.  I hope to see you to say good bye at the market tomorrow.  Thanks for taking part in my CSA this year!

It kind of pretended to rain for a couple days.  In the end it didn’t’ add up to a lot of rain, but the ground is nice and soft now.  We’re watering the broccoli today and after that we’re going to take a break from watering for a little bit!

Because it was supposed to rain, we decided to dig up carrots and potatos friday morning because they come out so clean now and digging them up in wet ground is more like harvesting mud with some carrots mixed in.   We’re still having to stand on the back of the carrot digger for extra weight to get it deep enough.  Before hand we bring a scale out to the field and weigh in to see who gets to stand on the back and who gets to drive.

Also, if you find any of your potatos with quack grass growing in them you win a prize!

Once it started  to rain Friday afternoon we moved onto cleaning and bagging our storage onions for the winter csa.  Our goal is to get them all finished this week so we have room to move other things inside once we get some more serious frosts.    Speaking of which, if you like pesto this is your week.  We’ll be bringing lots of basil for csa members before frost gets the rest of it.   If you’re looking for nice basil, we don’t have it, but it all looks the same in pesto…

That’s it for this week

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina and Jaroslav