You have to stand a long way back to see where this river runs

Go little farm, go! Who’d have thunk it? All you have to do for a balloon ride, is get married! :) Thanks Cecelia. :) That we got to lift-off from the farm was an unexpected surprise—as most of them are, I suppose—and wonderfully auspicious, as  the old etymology  would have it.

Go little farm, go!
Who’d have thunk it? All you have to do for a balloon ride, is get married! :) Thanks Cecelia. :)
That we got to lift-off from the farm was an unexpected surprise—as most of them are, I suppose—and wonderfully auspicious, as the old etymology would have it.

2019 Week 40, Summer CSA 18 of 26

It was a busy weekend, including a Saturday afternoon at the VegFest downtown, where I got to meet so many lovely and curious folks.

The website is now up-to-date, and the 2020 CSA and Farm Bucks are for sale. (The CSA is sold-out for the January start, but there is still room to begin in April.) I thoroughly updated our pages here, so do have a look if you are interested in being a part of the farm next year. If you have questions after that, I would love to clarify any confusion, or even see how to modify the future design before it’s past. I am still in the middle of data analysis and writing for the 2019 review, but you can read that as soon as I’m done.

We’re three weeks from the average first frost—despite this anomalous warmth—which means the gears get to turn on some of the fall harvest. I will be out with the digging fork today, starting with the sweet potatoes and lemongrass. Winter members, note that you can cut the lemongrass base into little discs, and freeze those for winter.

We do not have enough years on the farm to know just what the raspberries will do in the weeks ahead, but for now we’re getting just enough to go straight to pick-up, rather than to the winter freezer. We have 50% more of the main varieties planted for a 2020 first-harvest, and I will likely add some nutrition—in the form of alfalfa meal, kelp meal, molasses, and compost tea—in all of the berry beds this spring, as a new ritual for a new farm year. Because, berries!

As a reminder, we will be having a CSA Explainer and Farm Tour, Sunday, October 13th, 2-4pm.

I hope you all are well,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Veggies
Bean, Cowpea Snap
Bean, Snap*
Bean, Soy / Edamame
Okra
Pepper, Sweet
Squash, Summer
Tomato, Small

Roots
Carrots
Onion
Potato, Irish
Potato, Sweet*

Herbs
Basil, Holy
Basil, Italian
Basil, Thai
Garlic
Lemongrass*
Pepper, Hot
Turmeric, Frozen

Flowers

Farm Honey & Ferments for sale.

Cooking Classes
Get in touch with Cecelia at cecelia.baum@gmail.com to sign-up.

Althea Bread is back!

Just a screengrab without editing, but: Raspberries this year-to-date against last. We’re about 30% less in total yield, and you can see that that’s principally due to the drop in ‘Caroline,’ which tracked ‘Heritage’ so well last year. I’m curious to see in future years if it’s related to the drought—that is, if ‘Caroline’ does not respond well to water stress, or any attendant knock-on effect. ‘Josephine,’ a late-fall bearer, has been coming in of late, as expected. We’re watching that one to see if it’s worth planting another bed for fall production. (Note that we’re in the beginning of Week 40, so only 1/3 of this week’s harvest is yet represented in the chart.)

Just a screengrab without editing, but: Raspberries this year-to-date against last. We’re about 30% less in total yield, and you can see that that’s principally due to the drop in ‘Caroline,’ which tracked ‘Heritage’ so well last year. I’m curious to see in future years if it’s related to the drought—that is, if ‘Caroline’ does not respond well to water stress, or any attendant knock-on effect. ‘Josephine,’ a late-fall bearer, has been coming in of late, as expected. We’re watching that one to see if it’s worth planting another bed for fall production. (Note that we’re in the beginning of Week 40, so only 1/3 of this week’s harvest is yet represented in the chart.)

What stands out to me: The turmeric, chartreuse against its neighbors; the this-and-that-wayness of the field corn; the blue-green cover crops sandwiching the barely-there leafy greens; the asparagus, of course, ringing the farm; and, even, the physical-to-now-visual confirmation that it’s not all that tiny a tiny farm. Plus, the sunrise shadows. Oh, and also the friends and family milling in the parking area, or poking their nose through all the farm buildings. (Not to mention the crazy resolution of satellite cameras, orders of magnitude more distant than we were.)

What stands out to me: The turmeric, chartreuse against its neighbors; the this-and-that-wayness of the field corn; the blue-green cover crops sandwiching the barely-there leafy greens; the asparagus, of course, ringing the farm; and, even, the physical-to-now-visual confirmation that it’s not all that tiny a tiny farm. Plus, the sunrise shadows. Oh, and also the friends and family milling in the parking area, or poking their nose through all the farm buildings. (Not to mention the crazy resolution of satellite cameras, orders of magnitude more distant than we were.)