Rounding the Horn

 Autumn sunset crawls up the farm.

Autumn sunset crawls up the farm.

2017 Week 45, Summer CSA Week 23 of 26

Four inches of rain came last week, and we have a drizzly week ahead, so it is too wet to broadfork the garlic beds. That said, the second it isn't, we will have them ready, and the garlic in. New next year will be Shvelsi (aka Chesnok Red), a really beautiful purple-striped hardneck, as well as the Music and Silverwhite we grew this year. I popped the garlic on Saturday -- separated the cloves from the bulb -- in preparation, all-the-while trying to soak this past year in. You may recall that this is the first crop I planted last year for this year's CSA. So, in a way, we are rounding the horn again.

I have 5+ folks from outside the Summer CSA who are interested in signing-up for the Winter CSA, but space is limited. If you are interested in staying-on for winter, you can sign-up online, or just come with a check, and I can sign you up. Let me know soon, either way, so I can let these other folks know, too.

Do note that this Winter will be more provisional than Summer, running 4 weeks at a time ($25/wk  or $100 / 4-week chunk), until we run out of storage crops, or perhaps the winter greens fail. As the summer yields were lower than expected, and my system for growing winter greens is untested here in VA -- and different from what I did in NH and MI -- I would rather not guarantee a whole winter in advance. I hope you understand, but do ask questions if you don't.

On the line-up:

Greens: arugula, spicy mix, lettuce, kale (until it's too cold), and spinach -- with an eye on the health of the spinach.

Roots: beets, carrots, kohlrabi, onions, potatoes, sunroot, sweet potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, turnips -- and some bonus celeriac, which may have hollow heart.

Other:  winter squash, dried beans, popcorn.

Herbs: Fresh cilantro, parsley, scallions; dried: tea herbs from summer, hot pepper, garlic.

As I noted before, the Summer CSA is now for sale! I have corrected the plan so that next year is way better -- more of everything in quantity, duration, size, and health, plus the fall planting of kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, etc. will go in a month earlier, plus the raspberries will be in.

Get 10% back for every dollar you successfully refer into the CSA. Think $100 back for a typical household of 2 adults. Signing-up sooner rather than later helps the farm, as we are still in start-up mode. Also, there are only 25 'shares' available this year, due to the new format. As before, you can pay on the way in summer, after a deposit to get us started and the seeds and plants ordered.

See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Arugula
Lettuce
Kale
Spicy Mix
Tokyo Bekana

Veggies
Broccoli*
Leek
Popcorn*
Winter Squash

Roots
Beets
Carrots
Fennel, Bulb
Kohlrabi
Onion
Potato
Sunroot
Sweet Potatoes
Turnip, Winter

Herbs
Cilantro
Garlic
Ginger
Lemongrass
Pepper, Hot
Turmeric

 Asparagus yellowing-out for the fall. For a few years, we can pick a week in spring for each year it has been in the field. In short, we get a week of harvest next year. Hip hip.

Asparagus yellowing-out for the fall. For a few years, we can pick a week in spring for each year it has been in the field. In short, we get a week of harvest next year. Hip hip.