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CSA Weeks 9 and 10

Posted 7/16/2010 10:23pm by Larry Brandenburg.
Well, I guess that week 9 will have to be a retrospective since I ran out of time last week to get anything out.  So, I hope that you enjoyed the potatoes, onions and basil.  We really appreciate all the great comments we are getting.  We love it when you tell us "That was the best ______ I have ever tasted."  It is hard work growing vegetables organically.  Your words of encouragement help us get out of bed on hot, humid days and head to the fields.

I had an email this week from a good friend who is an organic grower just outside of Lexington.  She is having a terrible year with her squash and zucchini.  Cucumber Beetles and Squash Bugs have destroyed her crop.  She has even tried using some of the approved organic sprays but to no avail.  You can see why most farmers just get out the poisons and start spraying.  It is so discouraging  to see your beautiful crop wilt and drop over.  This is why there are so few organic growers in our state.  It is really hard work.

Speaking of things organic, I would like to make you aware of an organization known as OAK.  The Organic Association of Kentucky was formed last January at the Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference with a goal of promoting organic agriculture and educating consumers about the advantages of organic food.  We are a young organization but I hope that you will want to become involved.  Check out the website at oak-ky.org.  Oh, and by the way, for some strange reason they elected me president.  Now you can go around and brag to your friends that your farmer is the president of OAK.  I know they will be impressed.  Ha!

I am very glad to inform you that we have not had any major problems with our squash or zucchini.  This week you will get Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Patty Pan Squash. As I have been telling you, we were late this year getting out our main crops due to weather and infrastructure needs.  However, it only took 28 days from the time we put the seed in the ground to gathering our first harvest.  Normally it takes about 45 days.  But, we have a few organic tricks up our sleeve that help us get there faster.  Beth and I went our tonight at 8:00 and picked an additional 45 pounds in 45 minutes. 

In addition to the above, you will also get five Onions, two bags of Thai Basil, and a quart each of Red Norlunds and Yukon Golds.  If for some reason you are ever challenged by what to do with your produce, just ask and we can make suggestions.  (We have a wonderful recipe for Thai Basil Ice Cream -- I love it, and I don't like ice cream!)

Tomorrow when you pick up you will be assisted by one of the young people who work for us.  Michael Lonneman is from Independence, KY and will be a senior at the U of L this fall majoring in Anthropology.  He came to us this spring as a work share CSA member (working four hours per week for a half share) and is now doing an internship with us through the U of L.  He is a great worker.  However, sometimes when he is digging potatoes he keeps digging trying to find an old skeleton or two.  You know how those Anthropologists are!

As always, thank you so much for your support of local, organic food.  Not only are you eating healthier and making the world a better place, but you are providing the opportunity for people like Michael to have a unique, perhaps life changing experience.

Larry 
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