The Weekly Weeder

 Thursday October 10, 2019

~ The final box of the season! ~
News From the Farm
We've had 3 glorious days of sunshine and work outside.  The soil doesn't dry out quickly during the cooler nights and days, so we'd need a few more like this to be able to work the ground for garlic planting.  But we'll take any nice sunny days to complete the field clean up.  We were so happy to be able to dig the rest of the potatoes!  But we also brought in the t-post trellis' on the tomatoes, and dug out field plastic.  We hope to be planting garlic sometime next week! 

This final CSA box is filled with all the goodness of the farm right now - it is the essence of seasonality.  We couldn't fit kale into the farmer share boxes, literally, thanks to so many other items!  But for those who have been previous members, it doesn't include our usual bounty of broccoli, Romanesco, brussels sprouts and cauliflower.  We had them planted, but Black Rot and Alternaria (which thrive and spread under high humidity conditions) caused most of them to either rot away or their yield was drastically reduced.  It sure has not been a typical season.

But it's the coolers that really say it all.  In the coolers, the emptiness of the season is felt.  Typically packed ] with bins and bins full of roots, plus fresh items in constant harvest like kales, broccoli, romanesco, brussels and more.  But tonight, now that CSA boxes are packed, we have just a few pallets in each of the coolers and a dry room with the final pallets and bins of onions, garlic and squash.  We will be able to sell what we have remaining by Thanksgiving.  

So how will we get through the winter, you wonder?  Cate is starting a new off-farm job on Monday.  While its been a decade since one of us has worked off the farm, these uncertain times necessitates financially stability.  She is excited for her new job which will use her enthusiasm of organic agriculture, while lessening the stress that farming causes us as a family.  

It is not business as usual anymore.  Climate change is really happening, and like everyone, we need to make drastic changes.  How we farm and what we farm is one of the biggest challenges for farmers everywhere.  At this time, we need time to think, time to be step back, get away from the rot and hardships of this season and the previous three, to revisit our mission and goals, to reassess everything.  As 2020 draws closer, our vision too will become 20-20 clear.

Thank you for supporting us, trusting in us, believing in us.  Your small messages and notes brought so much hope and made all the difference to us when the days were at their darkest.  Thank you.  Kindness is powerful.

Please continue to read upcoming newsletters for updates.

Eat well - Be well!

Your appreciative farmers,
Cate & Mat
Family time on the farm..... picking up t-posts from the tomato patch trellis.

Week#18 CSA Box Contents: 

The Final Box - Weekly Shares +  for EOW "Melon Group"

Cabbage - Green storage type


Not our best crop since the long wet stretches prevented the timely harvest of them.  Sadly, when we could finally dig again, half of the remaining crop had rotted in the field.  These were the best ones we found.  Peel as necessary.

Garlic - Chesnok Red

Kale, Green - Pack your own shares only

Melon, Cantaloupe - Farmer shares only

Onion, Yellow

Peppers - Sweet Peppers  

Peppers - Green Bell Peppers 

Red Potatoes - Farmer shares only

Squash - An assortment that may include:
               Butternut (tan color)
               Grey Kabocha - sweet & drier flesh
Red Kabocha - sweet & creamy
Carnival (multicolor round) - sweet 
               Thelma Sanders (tan acorn shaped) - sweet & creamy
Thank you! 
Your farmers Cate & Mat
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