Howdy folks and welcome to week 14 of your CSA! We're truly in peak season here at the farm and the harvest list is going off! August feels like a turning point in the season because we're over the halfway mark with much less to put into the ground. Our planting schedule is slowing down and our days are spent harvesting, weeding, watering, washing, packaging, and prepping sections of the field for winter cover crops.
As much as we are loving the current harvest we are BEYOND upset that our fall plantings of broccoli and cauliflower got toasted in the extreme heat. We were so hopeful about our fall harvest because the plants were so healthy in the greenhouse and even when we planted out into the field. Unfortunately, even with watering the extreme temperatures scorched hundreds and hundreds of plants. To say we are heartbroken and disappointed is an understatement. We've learned over the years that sometimes Mother Nature has different plans for the farm and as tough as it is, we've accepted it and moved on.
On a lighter note, the winter squash is beautiful this year. The plants are super healthy and we're getting great size with the fruit. We'll be harvesting at the end of the month and we'll let the squash cure in the barn for a few weeks before we start sending them home with you all.
We've tilled under most of the upper field and while we're sad that we had to till under a lot of crops we're happy to get that area prepped for compost and cover crop. We're nearing the point in the season where we can tuck part of the farm away for a few months. It feels pretty good to walk away from sections!
This weeks harvest is a tasty one and we hope you're hungry! The corn is still sweet and delicious along with the tomatoes and melons. The beets are killer this week and the greens are equally as good! We're taking a break from basil for a week or two as we're in-between plantings. However, we should be swimming in it again soon!
Alrighty, we hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy the bounty. Also-- a quick reminder that our Rock the Harvest party is this Saturday (the 26th) at 4pm. We hope to see you all there!
A & T
- Beets (remove the greens)
- Fennel (store in the fridge in a plastic bag)
- Cherry tomatoes (store at room temperature)
- Full size tomatoes (store at room temperature)
- Melons (store at room temperature)
- Corn (store in the fridge)
- Kale (fridge)
- Garlic (cool dry place)
- Cucumbers (fridge)
- Summer Squash/Zucchini (fridge)
- Peppers (fridge)