Seeds

 I kept pulling gloves out of the bin as I searched for a lefty. Two-to-One. What happened? :)

I kept pulling gloves out of the bin as I searched for a lefty. Two-to-One. What happened? :)

2018 Week 39, Summer CSA Pick-up 17 of 26

Gabriel Garcia Marquez made it rain for four years, eleven months, and two days … but that was in a novel he wrote. This year we’re getting the real thing, novellic as it all may be. We had some lettuce in the greenhouse, growing much too large as it waited for the fields it could not move to. So, on a trial Hail Mary yesterday, that lettuce ensconced itself into old bean beds which had previously been mowed to a thin mulch. It might have been too late, but let’s hope not. That odd string of mid-90s days at the start of September bolted the first fall lettuce — remember, lettuce is a shoulder season crop that does not like the heat. Although I would normally mow that down, some of you have been antsy, so I gathered the bit that I could. A month of plantings awaits after that, plus whatever comes from the new transplants. On the rest of the greens front, Chard is out, but the Asian Greens are in. I harvested some Komatsuna and Tokyo Bekana on Monday, with Bok Choy to follow next week, and Tatsoi, Vitamin Green, and Yukina Savoy the week after that. I will narrow down the varieties in 2019, based upon my and your preferences.

Summer 2019 News!

  • I put together the 2019 Grow List / Year-in-Review. You are welcome to have a look if you are are curious about some of the farm details. If anyone wants a walk-and-talk of the farm and farm plan, we can also schedule that for some near Saturday this fall. It’s always fun for me to explain the agricultural questions this farm is asking.

  • Summer CSA

    • As a heads-up, I will be putting the Summer CSA up for sale to the wait list / general public beginning in October. You have a head start. :) If you are interested in next Summer, you may either sign-up online, or let me know in person.

    • Due to low market sales from low yields this year, I would appreciate a 25% downpayment for seeds and materials — upcoming costs include $5000 for seeds, $5000 for materials, $5000 for orchard continuation. Most of that needs to be purchased in the next few months, though the orchard -could- wait another year. The bank account isn’t zero, but it’s getting there. :)

    • Get 5% off your total with 50% down, or 10% off with 100% down … in cash, before December 31st, 2018.

    • One will be considered “signed-up” after some kind of downpayment. Again, necessity, not preference, pushes that requirement this year. “Some kind of,” means we can figure this out.

    • I am preliminarily limiting the CSA to 25 shares = 50 Adults — we sold 20 shares this year, with an “average” 15 showing each week. That’s the early limit. As the spring moves along, though, I will have a better sense as to whether I can up that to 30 shares. I’d like to.

    • The $20/adult/week price is staying still for 2019. 2020 prices might be higher due to: 1) the fact that $23-$24 went out for $20 in when 2018 was such a bad farming year, 2) an orchard — namely blackberry & strawberry — production increase in the future, and 3) some expected impact on the acutal $/adult/wk and % show/wk numbers from the introduction of Farm Bucks — see below — which will likely cut off the lower end of the curve and move it right — i.e., less light eaters, more big eaters, more often.

  • Farmstand: I will likely be dropping the Farmers’ Market next year in favor of a Farmstand. Woot!

    • It gives me more time to focus on the farm.

    • You get a better “I missed Wednesday” option.

    • Neighbors who just want some corn and tomatoes, not a CSA share, can get that.

    • Not everything will go out for sale, but all the perishable post-CSA leftovers — greens, herbs, flowers, veggies like tomatoes, etc. — plus a set-aside quantity of non-perishable items, like carrots, beets, etc. The remainder I have to save to keep the CSA happy. :)

    • Tentatively, Thursdays, 3-7pm. Let me know if there’s an obviously better day & time. This is the CSA pick-up back-up.

    • This is a 2019 trial, as the future could also simply entail someone live fermenting / pickling all leftovers for the winter, while I dry the herbs, freeze the fruit, and sell-off the flowers. But that would mean no back-up for the CSA, and no accommodation to the ‘corn & tomato’ neighbor.

    • I could imagine a future possibility in which the farmstand might be closed to all but Farm Bucks folks — 1) this limits strange strangers, 2) this helps to assure there’s something remaining for those who pay early. I don’t suspect high market demand early on, though.

  • Farm Bucks are new for 2019.

    • In essence, buy farmstand coupons at a discount, spend them as you wish.

    • Is the CSA too much food, too much money, too much on your schedule? Come to the farmstand as you like, but still support the farm.

    • This also helps with the Market to Farmstand transition on my end.

    • I’m still imagining the particulars of the implementation, but the gist is there.

    • $95 for $100 in Farm Bucks — that’s 5% off. Or $180 for $200 in Farm Bucks — that’s 10% off.

    • They expire one year after purchase, with discretionary extensions.

My best,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Asian Greens*
Lettuce*

Veggies
Carrots
Celery
Okra
Onions
Pepper, Sweet
Potatoes
Tomatoes

Fruit
Raspberries

Herbs
Ashwagandha
Basil, Holy
Basil, Thai
Cilantro*
Dill
Garlic
Hot Pepper
Mint*

Staples
Beans, Dry
Popcorn

The Pickle Pile

Flowers

 Heavy winds, tall plants, big mess. :) The Jerusalem artichoke do their late summer thing.

Heavy winds, tall plants, big mess. :) The Jerusalem artichoke do their late summer thing.