A late newsletter due to an eventful end of week, featuring over 6″ of rain followed by the season’s first killing frost on Friday night. Our thanks to those members who came out to help with pre-frost harvest & other chores on a long Friday.
Here’s a photo of roasted “not quite shelling beans” that we made for Sat. lunch. We removed strings, tossed with oil and a bit of salt, spread whole on baking trays, and roasted in the oven at 400ºF for ~35 minutes, stirring after about 15 minutes. On the left: Kentucky Wonder, quite good flavor. On the right: Rattlesnake Snap, extraordinary flavor & sweetness. We left the beans whole (minimizes prep work) & ate them as finger food.
We’re grateful for the nice, stable weather that is contributing both to the rapid growth of crops and to our sense of relief that there should be plenty of produce for the bags for the remainder of the season. Speaking of the remainder of the season, our first “off week” is coming up a few weeks from now, in mid-October. Please consult the webcalendar for full details on the distribution schedule from now to Thanksgiving.
Here’s a teaser of the crops that have a good chance of making an appearance in the shares between now & the end of the year: beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, collards, cucumbers, escarole, garlic, kale (curly & Russian red), kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard, okra, onions, pac choi, parsnips, peppers (Anaheim, sweet, & green), potatoes, radishes (watermelon & daikon), saute mix, shelling beans, spinach?, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, tomatillos?, turnips (golden), & winter squash.
Minimalist newsletter this week, as Eric is doing double duty while Joanna is away celebrating a family wedding. This means that herbs will be limited on Monday, and Thursday’s survey, which usually goes out Monday afternoon, will be delayed until Monday night or Tuesday morning. Because of cool weather (and possibly an early frost this weekend), share contents are especially uncertain.
Although the second half of August felt pretty miserable due to heat and humidity, and we’re glad it’s over, the first half fit the rest of this summer’s trend in being cool and comfortable. Rainfall was below average, also continuing summer’s trend, but not desperately so, and it was reasonably spread out through the month.
With the arrival of September, we begin the slow transition to fall crops. The first fall leafy greens appear this week, for full shares, in the form of saute mix. Collards & mustard to follow soon. Some ripe red Anaheims will also start showing up, so from now on all hot peppers will be in the herb bag, with sweet peppers loose, so you can tell the difference. The latest Climate Prediction Center forecast suggests a colder air mass is coming our way. The big question on our minds: When will we get the first killing frost? Continue reading
Heat, humidity, and horseflies: the hellish H’s of August. Add to that the ragweed, which is now releasing pollen in clouds that resemble smoke, and we’re feeling pretty run down. Please continue to request & use extras & bulk, because we don’t have time or energy to handle leftovers of abundant produce when it occurs.
It’s hot. We’re glad we got a lot of the fall crops in the ground while the weather was cool, so now we can focus on harvest & maintenance in the fields. We’ve been using the hot afternoons to can, dry, freeze, & ferment the surplus while it is available. This is a good time to put in requests for extras & preserve some of your own as well. Continue reading
Okra, sweet peppers (Chervena Chushka), & a honey bee on flowering buckwheat (a cover crop).
Upcoming crops: Close-up of bean flower, pole beans, & leeks.