FARM BLOG

CSA 2013 - Week #15

The contents of the share may fluctuate through the week.  Please check the newsletter here for an updated list.

In the Box

Nicola Potatoes - 1 quart
Butternut OR Acorn Squash OR Zucchini
Leeks - 1 bunch
Parsley - 1 bunch
Green Bell Peppers OR Long Red Peppers - 2 pieces
Tomatoes - Red, Plum or Cherry Varieties 

STORAGE TIPS
In a bag in the fridge: Parsley, Leeks
In the fridge: Peppers
On the counter:
Butternut Squash, Tomatoes
In a cool, dark place: Potatoes

FRUIT SHARE

1 bag Donut Peaches OR 1 bag Pears
1 bag Yellow Peaches OR 1 bag Gala apples

Ripen peaches in a paper bag on the counter, then refrigerate.  Ripen pears on the counter, then refrigerate.

This week's Recipes

Simple Herbed Potato Salad
Stuffed Green Peppers

A Crop Update from your Farmers

As we enter the second half of the CSA season, here's a quick crop update...  Be forewarned that this update details the loss of several summertime crops.  Our fall crops are doing marvelously and you can see photos of the beautiful fields below...

Cherry tomatoes - Typically we are able to give out a full portion of orange cherry tomatoes to each member for a few weeks.  This year some unusual things have occurred in the cherry tomato patch.  Back in June when we had all the rain the lower 1/4 of the field flooded for a short period of time.  All the plants in this section died shortly afterwards.  Over the next few weeks, the remaining plants began to develop a disease called bacterial speck.  While the plants eventually rebounded and are in decent shape now, the yields have been minimal. We hope to include more cherry tomatoes in the shares soon, but we will have to see how long the warm weather holds out.

Eggplant - For 2 or 3 years our eggplants have been wiped out by Colorado potato beetles.  This year we moved them to the farm in Jamesport where there is less potato beetle pressure in hopes of having a successful crop.  After a couple of times handpicking and spraying the beetles we were successful at eliminating their colonies and now  have a nice planting of eggplant.  Since we've had such trouble in the past we were cautious about planting a full CSA-sized planting and this is why we have only have enough to give out to some groups each week or two.  Everyone will eventually receive the same amount of eggplant. Now we are having some problems with verticillium wilt and perhaps another unidentified disease so occasionally an eggplant makes it into the box which is not up to snuff.  Let us know if you receive a bad eggplant and we will happily replace it.

Garlic - Our garlic did very well this year.  Unfortunately, there is not a lot of it.  There were shortages of Certified Organic garlic seed last fall and we only planted about 1/3 the amount we normally plant.  We know you all love garlic and we're doing everything we can to get our hands on as much seed as possible for next season. 

More updates to come next week.  In the meantime, check out the beautiful fall crops growing in our fields.  Everything is looking great and we're looking forward to a bountiful harvest over the next few months!

Upcoming Events!

Our CSA Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, October 20th from 11am-3pm!  This event is FREE for all current CSA Members and their guests.  Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

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