Week of November 7th – CSA Newsletter

sunrise over hoophouses
A beautiful Sunrise over the Hoophouses.

TC3 Farm’s PSA: Don’t forget to vote!!

Ok folks, we did it! The 22nd and final week of the 2016 TC3 Farm CSA season. What a rollercoaster of a ride. First off, I want to say thank you to all of you. It’s been an honor and absolute pleasure to grow for you your food. I truly hope you enjoyed as much eating it as the TC3 Farm enjoyed growing it. I know the farm can be and will be better, but we’ve come a long way since our first season in 2014. I can probably go on and on about that but I really just want to focus on this season.

I’m not going to beat around the bush, this was one of the more challenging seasons that I can remember. An epic drought that I hope we recover from with lots of snow this winter. Unprecedented woodchuck pressure, partly due to said epic drought. Repeated crop failures and low yields due to said unprecedented woodchuck pressure and epic drought. It was a rough year and there were definite times when I thought the season was going to be an absolute bust. But you know what? After it’s all said and done, I think that it was a pretty good season. Our greenhouse and hoophouse crops absolutely thrived. The basil and eggplant out of the greenhouse was awesome. We harvested around 4000 pounds of tomatoes from about 700 plus plants in two hoophouses. There were 51/2 foot tall pepper plants in the other hoophouse that we just finished harvesting today. Even some of our field crops did much better than expected, especially considering the conditions. We’ve had our best potato and rutabaga harvest in 3 years. The cukes, summer squash and winter squash all outperformed previous seasons. Our Sustainable Farming and Food Systems students had a big part in making it all happen. For a lot of them, this CSA season was their first time working on a farm and I am so appreciative at how hard they all worked.

This past week’s big project was to plant garlic for next season. garlic planting 2016Over 1300 cloves got put in the ground!! Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a better garlic year next season. Before going on to what’s going to be in the final share of the season, I wanted to say thank you to all who made it out to our Harvest Celebration on Saturday. It was a great farm to table event. Thanks for making it an awesome party and make sure you stop down at Coltivare and Bacchus Brewing Company.

Harvest Celebration 2016
Harvest Celebration 2016

Alright, so here we are. The final share. One of my goals as a CSA farm is to introduce a new item each week during the season and I’m pretty sure that happened again. This week’s new item will be butternut squash. These are the nice full-sized ones, perfect for soups and roasting. I also think that there will be enough leeks for everyone to get a few. There will also be other winter squash to choose from. Potatoes, beets, carrots, rutabaga, green, red, hot and padron peppers. Chinese cabbage, fennel, tomatoes, kale, collards and chard. Garlic, broccoli and most likely some kohlrabi will round out the share.

Have an awesome week folks and hope to see you soon!

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