Fall roots

Earthway x 2: Beets, radishes, turnips, rutabagas, carrots, parsnips, and beans of all kinds slide into the bare strips on a 5"-wide two-row system. Here we've ganged an Earthway seeder with another to make that faster and more precise. The beets, in this particular case, also have the overly-excited-to-deposit-seed beet plate halved via silicone in alternating cups. As long as there’s not too much trash in the bed — which a rake removes — it does a good job. In fact, wheel hoeing and raking — and NOT tilling — turned-out to be the easiest bed prep method for this seeder. We also have a single-row Jang, but so far the cheap Earthway has proven to be more versatile and effective, aside from the wee seeds it likes to grind like a peppermill. :)

Earthway x 2: Beets, radishes, turnips, rutabagas, carrots, parsnips, and beans of all kinds slide into the bare strips on a 5"-wide two-row system. Here we've ganged an Earthway seeder with another to make that faster and more precise. The beets, in this particular case, also have the overly-excited-to-deposit-seed beet plate halved via silicone in alternating cups. As long as there’s not too much trash in the bed — which a rake removes — it does a good job. In fact, wheel hoeing and raking — and NOT tilling — turned-out to be the easiest bed prep method for this seeder. We also have a single-row Jang, but so far the cheap Earthway has proven to be more versatile and effective, aside from the wee seeds it likes to grind like a peppermill. :)

Expected Harvest

Greens
Taking a mid-summer break.

Veggies
Bean, Cowpea Snap
Bean, Soy / Edamame
Okra
Pepper, Sweet
Tomato, Small
Tomato, Large

Roots
Carrots
Kohlrabi
Onion, Fresh
Potato, Irish

Fruit
Raspberries

Herbs
Basil, Holy
Basil, Italian
Basil, Thai
Garlic
Garlic, Scapes
Mint, of some flavor
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
On break for the summer.

2019 Week 33, Summer CSA 11 of 26

It is amazing how quickly one can work under the threat of rain. Or perhaps the cloudy weather brought the farmer up to a speed which these hot and humid days do not. In either case, there was much list checkbox checking to be had this morning.

One of the new things we tried this year is a diversity of less-hot hot peppers, including something of a rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green — of jalapenos. I did not know I would find it so pleasurable, but that was the feeling — something akin to pleasure — when I discovered their fat colors hanging from the plants at harvest. I hope you enjoy the eating as much as I enjoyed the gathering.

Raspberries are coming on at 10-15h/wk, though the Japanese Beetles are putting in more hours than me. :) Winter members, please take to freeze for later. What you don’t take, I save for late-joiners. So this is your chance! :)

If the rain comes tonight, I hope you get to enjoy it. It feels almost like a rhino walking from poacher territory into a refuge. By which I mean, it feels like refuge. And that feels good. :)

My best,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Bubbles: worm castings, alfalfa meal, kelp, molasses, and EM-1 (effective microbes) get a 36 hour brew. We add humic acids at the end of that, dilute at 10-20:1, and spray. I call it the “nut stew.” All active generations of squash (#4,5,6), cucumber (#4,5,6) watermelon (#2,3), and tomato (#4,5) got sprayed last Friday. There was a wee bit of burning on some of the tomatoes, but otherwise they look good. Let’s see if it helps!

Bubbles: worm castings, alfalfa meal, kelp, molasses, and EM-1 (effective microbes) get a 36 hour brew. We add humic acids at the end of that, dilute at 10-20:1, and spray. I call it the “nut stew.” All active generations of squash (#4,5,6), cucumber (#4,5,6) watermelon (#2,3), and tomato (#4,5) got sprayed last Friday. There was a wee bit of burning on some of the tomatoes, but otherwise they look good. Let’s see if it helps!