Garlic

 We know it’s the end of Summer when the twin-wall polycarbonate covers the Summer Kitchen windows, and the Baker Creek catalog comes in the mail! You asked for less hot hot peppers, so I’m adding a few to the 2019 collection. Here’s to a rainbow of jalapenos for next year.  As an aside, the half-bi-nocular in the upper left was my grandfather’s, which he used to watch boats and geese on his backyard corner of the Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. My nephew saw it this summer, learned of its provenance, and asked with all sincerity: “Did my great-grandfather have one eye?”

We know it’s the end of Summer when the twin-wall polycarbonate covers the Summer Kitchen windows, and the Baker Creek catalog comes in the mail! You asked for less hot hot peppers, so I’m adding a few to the 2019 collection. Here’s to a rainbow of jalapenos for next year.

As an aside, the half-bi-nocular in the upper left was my grandfather’s, which he used to watch boats and geese on his backyard corner of the Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. My nephew saw it this summer, learned of its provenance, and asked with all sincerity: “Did my great-grandfather have one eye?”

2018 Week 48, Summer CSA Pick-up 26 of 26

Let's put this phrase to bed for the year! "Though the rains delayed us for a month ..." the garlic is in! I planted 85 pounds of some quite beautiful cloves -- from Fillaree Garlic Farm in Washington state -- this past Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Two of those efforts finished-out the last hour+ by headlamp, which was a surprisingly meditative, focused task. Only a few ounces remain, which is either a high-five to cloves-per-bulb- and pounds-per-clove- per-variety calculations … or luck. Let us go with the latter, in hope that lavish praise wins her over to our side in future ventures.

In winter, one of my favorite morning things to do is read through the variety reviews from real growers and gardeners over at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. While pondering the ‘Chinese Red Noodle Bean,’ I came across this:

I love growing "weird" things and this beans is one of my favorites. My neighbor boy, at the age of three, wanted some "wickerwich" that was growing in my garden. He showed me the beans. I picked him a big one, he took one bite and told me they weren't "wickerwich" after all. They do look a little like licorice I suppose. But he ate the whole thing, and that's great! As far as the beans themselves, I really like them. They add a beautiful color to any dish, and the bean flavor is a good one. I love how they climb, and I'm thinking about putting them against a tall fence to see how tall they'll get."

A few CSA notes …

Summer CSA: For those of you who signed-up for next Summer with a downpayment, but failed to send the post-dated checks with it, could you please do so? Your downpayment PLUS post-dated checks finalizes your order. It also permits me to possibly seek a loan with your committed dollars, which will be needed to get the CSA off the ground. If you have friends who might be interested, you are my/the farm’s best advocate, as you know the farm and you know the possible member. Get 10% of their CSA dollars for your effort, up to the cost of your share.

Winter CSA: Queen dead, queen liveth. The Summer CSA is over, but the Winter continues, every-other-Wednesday, beginning next week. Consider this a reduced, modified Winter CSA, per summer rains. The cost is $100, total … from which you may select mostly $10 chunks of items — garlic, root vegetables, herbs, frozen fruit, greens. The style is nearly identical to the Farmstand / Farm Bucks program this coming summer. If you miss a pick-up, no problem on my end, as most items are non-perishable, and no problem on your end, as you still have your ‘farm bucks’ in hand. I do not expect the Winter share to continue for very long, but should you use your $100, we can re-up or re-imagine. If money remains, but the veggies don’t, your farm bucks are good in the farmstand next summer, good in exchange for dollars in the CSA — at the value paid —, and good for the strawberries (amen) and asparagus in the spring, before the Summer starts.

Dates: 12/05/18, 12/19/18, 01/02/19, 01/16/19, 01/30/19, 02/13/19, 02/27/19, 03/13/19, 03/27/19, 04/10/19, 04/24/19, 05/08/19, 05/22/19

Also, super early stages in a possible small-scale bread / baker / bakery collaboration for next year. Let me know your thoughts.

My best,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Asian Greens, 2nds
Kale
Lettuce

Veggies
Carrots
Celeriac
Leeks
Radish, Winter
Sunroot
Sweet Potatoes
Turnip, Winter

Fruit
Raspberries

Herbs
Ashwagandha
Burdock
Cilantro
Dill
Garlic
Ginger
Hot Pepper
Lemongrass
Mint
Turmeric

Staples
Popcorn

 Thanksgiving get-together, sister’s new puppy, new puppy pees, picked-up puppy keeps peeing, clothes go into the washer, three pages of notes from the day go with it, momentarily confused ‘what’s this here after all the clothes are out?’ interjection, yellow owl-pellet thing sits staring, farmer finally realizes. ‘ha! i know what you are!’  Because, what wouldn’t this year try to drown? :) And what wouldn’t our wonderfully learned response be, but, ‘Ha!’

Thanksgiving get-together, sister’s new puppy, new puppy pees, picked-up puppy keeps peeing, clothes go into the washer, three pages of notes from the day go with it, momentarily confused ‘what’s this here after all the clothes are out?’ interjection, yellow owl-pellet thing sits staring, farmer finally realizes. ‘ha! i know what you are!’

Because, what wouldn’t this year try to drown? :) And what wouldn’t our wonderfully learned response be, but, ‘Ha!’