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CSA Week 19-2012

Posted 9/21/2012 9:53pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

Hard to believe that this is the next-to-last week of our CSA and the farmer's market.  It seems like only yesterday that we were cutting, washing and spinning that first harvest of lettuce.  The spring onions were so fragrant, tender and tasty that I can still feel the sensation in my mouth.  And, who can forget those wonderful strawberries! 

Well, as the seasons change so does the produce.  And, sometimes the seasons change rather abruptly as this week has shown.  It has really been cool compared to Septembers of the last several years.  In fact, it has stayed warm well into October for many past seasons.  When the temperature drops like it has this week, everything almost comes to a standstill.  Remember that prolific okra?  This week it only needed harvesting every other day.  The tomatoes have almost quit (but we are still able to get enough cherries for everyone to have a pint)  and the peppers are still producing.  If the forecast for next week holds up, it is showing lows in the upper 30's for Shelbyville and it may even be cooler here on the farm.  If that happens then we will probably have a light frost and that would mean the end to anything growing above ground.  We will have to wait and see what happens.

Fortunately, we have a great crop of sweet potatoes underground.  Harvested another row today and we will increase you bounty by 50% over what you got last week.  Same instructions I gave last week apply this week also.  And--DON'T REFRIGERATE them.  Just leave them in a cool, dry place.

Last week Beth and I were in Fresh Market in Louisville and noticed that they had large eggplant for $1.99 and small eggplant (like you are getting) for $3.49.  That's because small is better. It is more tender and succulent.  Be sure to peel the skin off, it can have a bitter taste. 

Looking forward to a nice day at the market tomorrow.  Enjoyed visiting with those who came today to pick up here at the farm.  As we are beginning to wind down, our thoughts are already turning to next year.  Each year we sit down at the end of the season and evaluate our entire operation.  We would love to have feedback from you.  Please let us know what we did well and what you think we can improve on.  We value your opinion.  

We are planning on putting up a high tunnel this fall.  This would enable us to start the season earlier and perhaps extend it into the fall.  Growing year round (certain crops-not everything!) might become a reality.  Lots of possibilities but it has to be something that works with our business plan and our quality of life.  We will keep you in the loop as we work through this over the next few months.


Again, thanks for your support.  Without you, none of this would be possible.


Larry

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