2017 Week 38, Summer CSA Week 16 of 26
The forecast this week is "80 degrees and sunny," but walking the fields in the evening, I can tell -- and I know -- that by Friday we will be four weeks away from the average first frost. It's kind of exciting, actually: watching the root crops race in their growth with these last days of the season, anticipating the sweetness that comes out in vegetables in the cold, and scheduling in a good, long cleaning of the perennial herb, flower, and fruit beds for the winter.
Some things we don't want out in the frost -- the winter squash, popcorn, sweet potatoes, and ginger, for instance -- so some of the winter squash and all of the popcorn come out to cure/dry today. The sweet potatoes, ginger, and turmeric we will leave until the last second, for as much growth as possible, then pull in to shelter just as it gets nippy. All of the tea herbs will also get a haircut in the next few weeks, to put away a final drying batch for winter. Like I said, "Exciting!"
See you on the farm,
Basil, Italian -- if healthy.
*New This Week