Shadows

Some Friday afternoon storminess.

Some Friday afternoon storminess.

Expected Harvest

Greens
Cabbage(s)
Chard(s)

Veggies
Bean, Snap
Bean, Soy/Edamame
Celery
Leeks
Okra
Pepper, Sweet
Squash, Summer
Tomatoes, Large & Small

Roots
Carrots
Kohlrabi
Beets
Onion, Fresh
Potato, Fresh

Fruits
Husk Cherries
Melons

Herbs
Basil, Italian
Basil, Sweet Thai/Horapa
Cilantro*
Garlic
Pepper, Hot
Spearmint, Truly*

Flowers

*New This Week

2017 Week 34, Summer CSA Week 12 of 26

It is too dark in the morning now to be harvesting at six; and by the end of the work day, it finally starts to feel like it, with shadows, in fact, and something akin to coolness. It is still in the nineties, I know -- don't ask how many shirts I wear through each day -- but I am always hopefully attuned to autumn, and I think I am beginning to sense it.

Because we grow for four seasons, and not just summer, even in this heat I am watching our days to the first frost, making sure the carrots size-up in time, or the beans are dry before the winter greens, or the cover crop fixes enough fertility before the end of fall. On that end, dear work-share James and I harvested the first three beds of dry beans this afternoon. I will have to dry them down a bit more, but so far so good. We have six varieties trialling in the field this year -- 'Kebarika,' 'Carolina Crowder,' 'Calypso,' 'Kenearly Yellow Eye,' 'Midnight Turtle Black,' and 'Quincy Pinto' -- 'Kebarika,' a Kenyan heirloom, are those we got today.

Be well & See you on the farm,
Austin

'Quetzali' sliced for easy eating. If I did not mention it in person, this is the easiest way to turn an 'icebox' watermelon into snack. For the record, the watermelons we have in the field this year are: 'Blacktail Mountain,' 'Early Moonbeam,' 'Cream of Saskatchewan,' 'Sugar Baby,' 'Sweet Dakota Rose,' 'Quetzali,' 'Orangeglo,' and 'Moon & Stars.'

'Quetzali' sliced for easy eating. If I did not mention it in person, this is the easiest way to turn an 'icebox' watermelon into snack. For the record, the watermelons we have in the field this year are: 'Blacktail Mountain,' 'Early Moonbeam,' 'Cream of Saskatchewan,' 'Sugar Baby,' 'Sweet Dakota Rose,' 'Quetzali,' 'Orangeglo,' and 'Moon & Stars.'

'Kebarika' dry beans in the wash-out of the post-eclipse sun; which eclipse I somehow happened to miss, whilst harvesting this bean directly beneath it. Ha.

'Kebarika' dry beans in the wash-out of the post-eclipse sun; which eclipse I somehow happened to miss, whilst harvesting this bean directly beneath it. Ha.