Four Weeks

 'Carolina Crowder' dry beans, threshed and mostly winnowed. The 'Midnight Black Turtle' are also done. Four more to go.

'Carolina Crowder' dry beans, threshed and mostly winnowed. The 'Midnight Black Turtle' are also done. Four more to go.

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,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Chard(s)
Lettuce, Head*

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

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

Herbs
Basil, Italian -- if healthy.
Sunset Hyssop*
Garlic
Pepper, Hot

Flowers

*New This Week

 Clouds and corn stalks. It's good lignified biomass for the fields, but I will be cutting some of the cornstalks to add to the 'Flower' part of the CSA.

Clouds and corn stalks. It's good lignified biomass for the fields, but I will be cutting some of the cornstalks to add to the 'Flower' part of the CSA.

 The first year for the  Rosa rugosa , and many Japanese beetles at play, but we got rose hips. Their main purpose on the farm is for mid-winter Vitamin C, and to flavor tea.

The first year for the Rosa rugosa, and many Japanese beetles at play, but we got rose hips. Their main purpose on the farm is for mid-winter Vitamin C, and to flavor tea.