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September 27, 2014

"When does the share end?"

I've heard this question a couple of times lately so I thought maybe more of you are wondering this.  The last on farm share pick up is Tuesday Nov. 4 and Friday Nov. 7.  The last Coventry market share pick up is October 26.  Coventry market shareholders are welcome to pick up a share on the farm on Nov. 4th or 7th since there is no correlating farmer's market.

Renewals

Please return your renewal form during share pick up or mail them in by Oct. 17 to hold your share.  If we missed you last week, we will be sending out your form to you in the mail.

Winter Shares

Winter share sales are available now.  Pick up a form during the CSA pick up.  Current shareholders have priority to purchase winter shares on a first come first served basis.  After Oct. 17, if there are any shares remaining, they will go on sale to the watiing list.

This Week's Share

Wow, glorious fall brings us kubocha squashes.  These come in bright orange, dark green and grey green colors with a delicious dry nutty flesh sort of comparable to the texture of mashed potatoes. They have done their time curing in storage and are ready for the main stage.  Just cut em in half, scoop out the seeds and bake em up in the oven until soft.  You're going to love them!

The kabochas don't need much dressing up, but you could top them with some caramelized onions using the yellow storage onions that will be in the share this week.  We have an amazing crop of these and have just moved them out of the greenhouse where they have been curing and into the share room to make room for our greenhouse spinach seeding.  You won't be able to to miss them or their oniony fragrance, there are mounds of them! 

Yellow onions are the type of onion to be used for caramelizing.  Just slowly cook them in a pan with a little oil stirring occasionally until they brown.

Gone are the tomatoes making room for the watermelon radish.  When sliced open, these white and green roots reveal a beautiful and tasty rose interior.  Do not fear the radish element, they are not spicy but sweet and crunchy, and often when I slice into one to put into a meal, I end up eating the whole thing before I've even begun to cook.  You may want to get a few extras for snacking!
 

Curtain Call for the Solanaceae

When it is dry like this, we let the pasture rest and feed supplemental hay.  Vladimere photobombs.
When it is dry like this, we let the pasture rest and feed supplemental hay. Vladimere photobombs.

Dear Friends,

The days are getting shorter and we continue to march on ever forward. The peppers and eggplants hold on although their time is almost done. The broccoli and cauliflower are really hitting their stride right now. Both broccoli and cauliflower are a real feast or famine kind of crop and they can drive a farmer absolutely insane. Some days we have 300 pounds others we’re lucky to find 3 heads. We try and stagger our planting dates and varieties to ensure we have a consistent harvest throughout the fall but like so many of our plans it doesn’t always work out. Nearby the Brussels Sprouts are shaping up nicely, forming bigger and bigger sprouts every day.

This past week we finished planting and seeding out in the field. This marks the beginning of the end of our ‘growing season’ but we are still a far way from being finished. We still have plenty to harvest and even a few more things to seed under the protection of hoops and plastic. The final cherry on the sundae of the season occurs in late October or early November when we plant our garlic for next year. Speaking of garlic, as you have probably noticed we don’t have a very good crop this year…the garlic tastes great but it is small and just not very good all around. Typically, after we harvest the garlic, we sort out of the largest and best garlic from the crop and set that aside to use as seed for next year. After some careful considerations we have decided not to save any seed from this crop and instead buy in new seed from Washington State. This was a somewhat difficult decision to make and is both bad and good for the farm. It’s bad for us because we have to buy new seed which is pretty expensive, but its good because it means we will have some more larger garlic in the share going forward. We also believe that new seed will help ensure that we have a good crop in the forthcoming years. Ultimately, we decided the good outweighed the bad and are looking forward to a bountiful future crop.

October is just around the corner and it is time to say good bye to one of our favorites. The tomatoes have run their course and we are sorry to say they are done for the season. This has been the best year for tomatoes that I can ever remember and I really think they deserve a round of applause, or better yet a standing ovation. Rather than mourn the loss of our beloved tomatoes we think it is better to celebrate what a fantastic crop they’ve been this year. We started harvesting tomatoes from the high tunnel all the way back on July 12th and here it is the final days of September and Ben and Mary are cutting down the trellises of the field tomatoes. We have had tomatoes in the share consistently for the past 11 weeks, this means that when all is said and done, we will have had tomatoes in the share 47% of the time! This is a true feat of organic farming that I am not sure we will ever be able to reproduce. We have been impressed both in the quantity and quality of fruit we have pulled out of the field on a regular basis and we’re already thinking about new varieties for next year!

There is a lot of thinking about next year going on, renewals have started and the fields are blanketed in soil building cover crop but don’t fret folks, we have a lot of life left in us. The CSA runs all the way through October into the first week of November so we still have more than a month to go!

On behalf of your farm crew

Ben, Mary, Marycia and Larry

Your Farmers

Max and Kerry

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