CSA Week 18-2012
The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. It's almost time to say goodbye to all the summer bounty. As we are now just a couple weeks away from the end of the market and our CSA season, we are reminded that eating seasonally can be a challenge. The taste of fresh heirloom tomatoes still lingers in our mouth. Fresh beans and squash are now but a memory. Wow, I'm getting depressed just writing this. However, new opportunities arise and this week we will be sharing the first of the sweet potato harvest. Can't have those in July!
We just dug these sweet potatoes today (about a quarter of one row--we have four rows) and they look rather good. Even though we will begin distributing them this week, I suggest you hold on to them for at least a week or more. Ideally, sweet potatoes should "cure" for at least a month before eating them. They need time to shed moisture (evaporate) and dry out. As they dry out the sugars are concentrated and intensified. The longer you wait, the sweeter they will be. Last year some of our CSA members kept them for six months before they ate them.
We don't have time to cure them before distributing them since they are harvested late and our market runs out before they can cure. So, it's up to you. We will start you out with a couple of pounds this week and then increase the amount over the final two weeks.
I enjoy the seasonal change to fall as it tempers the memory of the hot, humid summer. Many farmers are trying to extend the season by growing in high tunnels. We hope to get one up some time this fall so we will be able to get an earlier start next year and then extend some things into the winter. As is usual with us, time and labor will determine if we get this done. Hopefully this year it will happen and it may have positive impact on our CSA offering next year. Stay tuned for more.
See ya tomorrow!