Farm News, Sept 26/2022

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

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

On the farm this week:

It’s officially fall, and to mark the beginning of fall we got our first frost. It seems everyone dreads frost, but I don’t know why. I was so happy!! Now we have an excuse to stop harvesting certain vegetables because they’re dead. Also with frost now happening, you should start noticing the vegetables getting sweeter in flavour (especially the spinach). It also means it’s time to start harvesting the brussels sprouts! I think this might be the tallest Brussels sprouts we’ve grown yet. They’re around 3 feet tall now and weigh 3 lb. Here is Sandra cleaning them up in the washstation.

But it also means we will start to cover things up so they don’t suffer too much. Here’s Dylan covering up the broccoli. Dylan always gets the heaviest jobs and it may seem like discrimination because he’s the only man, but it’s actually because he’s the tallest and we decided that when lifting heavy things onto a high shelf, the tallest person should do it. I’ve also started standing with my knees bent to lose a few inches whenever we’re deciding who does what.

It’s also time for an update on the landscape fabric situation that we’ve been working on since APRIL. I am determined to finish it this year (but I will also never try this again). We spent an afternoon last week reapplying the landscape fabric and adding thousands of sandbags and staples and managed to get about 1/2 of it recovered last week. But then today I made the mistake of looking at it and I saw this green strip down the middle where it started to blow off again!!!

This landscape fabric project has felt like going on a 3 day hike and at the end of the first day we realized we didn’t bring any water or food and had to decide whether to turn back or keep going. But being too invested in the work we did, I decided to keep going, but then at the end of the 2nd day we realized there would be alligators all along the trail for the 3rd day, and now we have to decide whether to finish and risk getting eaten or turn back…. What do I do?

Also, sadly this will be Michelles last week at the market as she has some fancy t.v gig she’s starting next wee. So Sandra will be taking over the market. Here’s Michelle riding into the market last week with some brussels sprouts stapped in the passenger seat.

Well that’s it for this week,

See you soon!

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