Green

Arugula comes in.

Arugula comes in.

2017 Week 42, Summer CSA Week 20 of 26

A long morning fog, drizzle in the night, lushness in the field. It feels really nice to walk the farm right now, especially after such a droughty summer. The last planting of winter greens germinated perfectly with the rain, and the earlier batch that came in but spottily, is all there now. Timing -- heat and day length are the two main physiological variables -- is now the thing to watch. The upshot, though, is a green farm. On the greens front: kale, lettuce, and bok choy are new for the week. I will grab the arugula and spicy mesclun next week.

After a soil test this fall, I discovered the farm soil to be a bit more acid than the test last year. That's exciting news, as it's something measurable to correct among a raft of other more nebulous movements toward farm health. I ferried 13,000 lbs of lime (and gypsum) to the farm last week, then stacked the bags in the greenhouse with workshare James. I will be throwing it in a cart to spread in the months to come, thinking all the while of happier tomatoes and carrots. On that end, I have put together a preliminary review of each crop this year. It's super informative, but probably super boring for the non-farmer. Have a look if you're curious.

I have also been pondering how to phase the CSA onward and out of its start-up phase. I re-did all of the "CSA" information on the website, so if you are curious about the farm next year, do have a look. The principal alteration is a 'buffet' style CSA: so no points, no pounds, no gallons; just take what you need for the week. The price would be related to household size. It hasn't happened yet, so please let me know what you think if you're thinking about being a member again.

See you on the Farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Bok Choy*
Chard(s)
Lettuce*
Kale*

Veggies
Bean, Soy/Edamame (last week's)
Eggplant
Leek
Okra
Pepper, Sweet
Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter*
Tomatoes

Roots
Beets
Carrots
Fennel, Bulb
Onion
Potato
Sunroot (Jerusalem Artichoke)*
Sweet Potatoes
Turnip, Winter*

Herbs
Cilantro
Garlic
Lemongrass*
Pepper, Hot

Flowers
Flowers
Corn Stalks
Pumpkin Gourds

The Spicy Mix pops up.

The Spicy Mix pops up.

Sitting out at pick-up, they just seemed so pretty. Mostly 'Rossa di Milano' on the left, with a bit of 'Red Wethersfield.' 'Dorata di Parma' and 'Clear Dawn' on the right.

Sitting out at pick-up, they just seemed so pretty. Mostly 'Rossa di Milano' on the left, with a bit of 'Red Wethersfield.' 'Dorata di Parma' and 'Clear Dawn' on the right.