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'Cherokee Long' popcorn for winter. I will watch the forecast, and either dry in the field or greenhouse.

'Cherokee Long' popcorn for winter. I will watch the forecast, and either dry in the field or greenhouse.

2017 Week 37, Summer CSA Week 15 of 26

The farm had a low of 42 degrees the other morning, which is to say we are likely into lettuce weather again. I have grown lettuce every week through the summer, but haven't enjoyed the flavor, and so left it in the field. It tastes all right now, though, so here's to cooler weather and the vegetables that it brings. Salad turnips are also up for harvest.

Next up on the docket is the somewhat slow, experimental process of threshing our six different dry beans, all of which behave a little differently due to their shape and moisture content. The winter greens -- a spicy mix, lettuce mix, and spinach -- will phase into the field, week by week, as I watch for the right time to do this next year. At this point, a day's difference in planting can mean a week's difference in harvest. It is high time to give some attention to the orchard, too, including a weeding at the base of the trees before adding a nice mulch of wood chips, courtesy of the tree work done along Preddy Creek rd. last month.

A CSA clarification: Please understand that joining a CSA is a bit like getting season tickets for a team. If you miss a game, there is no extra ticket for the next one coming. The same thing with a CSA, which also deals with 'perishable' items, particularly in summer. If you miss a week, you do not get double the next week. That said, so far this year we have had about a quarter more in the share per week than the dollar value paid, which means that there might be up to six free weeks in the Summer CSA by Thanksgiving. Thanks for understanding! And if you don't, please ask questions, or offer alternatives for me to explore.

See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Chard(s)
Lettuce, Head*

Veggies
Bean, Snap
Bean, Soy/Edamame*
Leek, Fall
Okra
Pepper, Sweet
Squash, Summer
Tomatoes

Roots
Carrots
Beets
Onion, Fresh
Potato, Fresh
Turnip, Salad*

Herbs
Basil, Italian -- if healthy.
Basil, Holy/Tulsi*
Chocolate Mint*
Garlic
Oregano*
Pepper, Hot

Flowers

*New This Week

A bit of ginger pokes up through the hilling. We will let these and the turmeric size up for as long as possible.

A bit of ginger pokes up through the hilling. We will let these and the turmeric size up for as long as possible.