This was the final week of our summer CSA season. It feels very strange not to be thinking about next week’s box and what needs to be done before that. It also feels sad to think that all of our dedicated worker-shares are done for the season, too. Next week, the farm will be quiet. Ugh. We are going to miss everyone and we are eternally thankful to all of our members and workers for making another great season possible!
We have a new deadline for harvest now; the hard freeze. We’ve had some frosty mornings, but nothing that a head of cabbage can’t stand…yet. Last year, we still had some cabbage in the fields when the temps dipped to the teens and the cabbage looked like it was frozen beyond return. A few upper 30 degree days were all it took to be restored. What an amazing plant family those brassica’s are! Last year, Matt and Casey were washing carrots outside when it was in the 30’s. This year, we have a root tumbler to help with that. We also have a lot more carrots to wash!
Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, carrots, Romanesca, leeks and late potatoes are the big crops that we have left to harvest. Most of that will occur in November after the storage areas have cooled down more. After the fields are cleaned up and after the garlic is planted. We will have all of these staples throughout the winter and available for anyone to stock up on. Most of the greens that we have planted in the high tunnel and some of the less prolific cold-weather crops will be used for winter shares, but we may have some of those available from time to time, too.
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Thank you to all of our CSA members, farmers market friends and farm customers who have helped us to have a great season of produce!