Dear CSA members and farm friends,
Welcome to Week 16 of our Spring/Summer season. Our late summer crops are looking great, and we have a nice share planned for this week, in which we hope to include:
- sweet corn or potatoes
- Shishito peppers
- acorn squash
- sweet peppers
As the intense summer heat begins to slow down our production and subsequent harvest duties we are turning our attention toward farm cleanup, beautification and soil building in preparation for the Fall season. Our vacant fields are now covered in lush green cover crops of buckwheat and cowpeas, our harvest lanes are mowed, and our propagation house is quickly starting to fill up with young cabbage, broccoli, celery, leek, kale and Brussels sprouts plants.
This week we will begin to tackle the large job of taking down the trellises of our old tomato fields. There are thousands of tomato stakes to be pulled out of the ground, many miles of trellising twine to be cut down and bagged up, dead tomato vines to be mowed, and beds of mulch and irrigation lines to be pulled up from the soil. Talk about a dirty job!
Life and death is part of the cycle on the farm, and, while the planting and growing is more enjoyable than removing the refuse from a dead field, both are equally a part of the process of growing tomatoes. (If you are a tomato loving CSA member, please don't fret. We have several more fields of tomatoes to pick, and should have tomatoes all the way to week 20.) The death of our summer cover crop will release some of the nutrients necessary to grow Fall broccoli and Spring strawberries. The death of our tomato field makes space for the lettuce that we will share next April, and the harvest of our produce each week gives us all life.
As we make the transition from summer’s end to fall’s beginning, please know that we would love to have you along for the ride. Fall vegetables will include: broccoli, carrots, turnips, radishes, beets, salad mix, lettuce, squash, cucumbers, beans, parsley, celery, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, rutabaga, spinach, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, fennel, kale and more—all grown by us from seed without any synthetic chemicals.
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