CSA distribution # 19 & newsletter

This share is staggered over two weeks in an attempt to give your tired farmers a bit of a break; thus the distributions will be Thursday September 12 and Monday September 16, with normal distributions resuming Monday the 23rd. The impressive produce abundance is wearing us down, with near-constant harvest & food preservation sucking up time and energy, particularly in the hot dry conditions that also make irrigation a constant management concern. This is not unique to us, as noted in recent newsletters from both Happy Hollow Farm and Fair Share Farm. Thus we present a minimalist newsletter; enjoy the abundance of produce while it lasts.

THIS WEEK’S PRODUCE

NEW! Kale
Tomatillos

Green beans
At their ludicrously abundant peak this week, will start to decline soon. Mostly green, many green with purple stripes, some yellow, & an occasional purple. These will be available as a bulk option for this distribution!
Cucumbers

Sweet peppers
Serrano/jalapeno/cayenne pepper mix Will probably be including cayennes in the mix this week, though it depends on yield.
Anaheim peppers
Summer squash
Okra These will likely be on the bulk list for as long as the weather stays warm. Whether or not significant bulk quantities go out any given day depends on just how many people decide to ask for bulk.
Eggplant
Slicer tomatoes Finally easing off
Cherry tomatoes Finally easing off

HERBS

3-4 bundles for full shares; 1-2 for single shares this week. Those who are flexible on what they will receive will get the maximum number. Parsley & basil remain abundant, though some of the other herbs that usually perk up at cooler fall weather are being a little reluctant. Garlic chive blossoms are past their prime for culinary use, so we’ll be chopping back anything we didn’t harvest, and all need to regrow.

Curly parsley 
Flat-leaf parsley
Genovese/regular basil
Thai basil
C
hives May still be a bit sparse, but we’ll offer them given the otherwise lack of allium flavors in the share.
Thyme
BACK! Oregano

Sage

Mint (harvester’s choice)
Tarragon
Lemon balm
Borage blossoms
BACK! Coriander
BACK! Cilantro
A small planting is just approaching readiness to harvest; we think it will be big enough for some small bundles for this distribution.

FRESH EGGS

All delivery options available again both Thursday and Monday.

RECENTLY ON THE FARM

Harvest food. Preserve food. Repeat.

WHAT’S GOING RIGHT

The pantry/freezer is getting full.

WHAT’S NOT SO GREAT

Horseflies, heat, and over-abundant produce.

WEATHER NOTES

1/2″ of rain was a nice present for Eric’s birthday. But it’s nowhere near enough to break the drought, and the ground is already hardening again with several days in the upper 90s to come.

One thought on “CSA distribution # 19 & newsletter

  1. Happy belated birthday friend!!!!
    I hope you’re enjoying the current and upcoming forecasted rain as much as I am!
    I’m hoping our feed order arrives tomorrow or Tuesday (not here yet) so I’ll try and get it to you the middle to end of this week.
    Abrazos
    Liz