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CSA Week 16

Posted 9/9/2011 11:02pm by Larry Brandenburg.
Friends,
Hard to believe that it was 101 degrees a week ago.  We set records for heat on three consecutive days in September followed by a week of record "low" highs.  Your plants are really confused.  As you know, weather is a huge challenge for farmers.  The flooding up the east coast has been devastating for farmers.  Entire crops have been wiped out.  The drought and fires in Texas will have an effect on beef prices as ranchers are having to sell their entire herds.  This will flood the market with cheap hamburger (most of these are old cows suitable only for ground meat) followed by higher prices in a couple of years as the calf crop will be much smaller -- no mommas left to have babies.

Locally, our weather this past week has slowed down production dramatically.  Most of the things growing right now do not like these cool temperatures.  Last week we harvested enough cherry tomatoes for thirty pints.  Today we had four.  We got one peck basket of larger heirloom tomatoes.  Same story applies to everything else.  The weather challenges we seem to be facing more and more are extreme shifts in temperature and precipitation.  Before the rain of last week we were officially slipping into drought condiyions.  However, our precipitation for the year is about fifteen inches above normal!  Weird.

The bottom line for us is that yield is down considerably this week resulting in the smallest CSA distribution in five years and the smallest amount of produce to sell at the market.  In fact, if it wasn't for delivering to you, I doubt we would even do the market tomorrow.

However, you will still be getting potatoes, peppers, okra and beans.  And they will still be local and organic and delicious.  And, for this week, this is "seasonal."  I hope temperatures go up next week and that things will recover and bounce back to normal production.  One good note -- the lettuce we planted two weeks ago (when the soil temperature was too warm for it to germinate) is now up, and hopefully by the end of the season we will have some lettuce for you.

Thank you supporting local organic food.  Thank you for joining with us in this risky business.  The reward is worth the risk. 

Larry 
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