Last week was one of the coldest weeks that I can remember for mid-October. We usually experience some light frosts in early October but nothing like what happened this past week. With the temperatures dipping like they did, we focused on clearing out the hoophouse tomatoes and peppers so they wouldn’t be a complete loss. After harvesting those crops, we turned our attention to the field and got as many beets out of the field as we could. That was an eye-opening experience for the students. It was last Wednesday and it was a cold and wet day. As we were out there, the rain turned into sleet for a while. Just as morale was deteriorating, the sleet/rain stopped and the sun was shining. But that was short-lived, as the sleet returned. Everyone persevered through it and we were able to accomplish what we set out to. I also had a window to prep the ground where our garlic is going to be planted for next season. I was a little nervous about getting the tractor back in the field with how wet it has been but the weather cooperated for a couple of days and I was able to get in late Friday afternoon. If everything goes as planned, we’ll plant garlic next week.
With the hard turn in weather last week, some things didn’t make it but there’s still plenty of vegetables for this week’s CSA. This week’s share will consist of rainbow carrots, beets, potatoes, tomatoes, collards, garlic, green peppers, fennel, hot peppers, parsley, dill, shishito peppers, green tomatoes and rutabaga. You could let the green tomatoes continue to ripen but I’m always a fan of fried green tomatoes. Here’s a super easy recipe. If you’re not familiar with using rutabagas, it’s a great fall veggie. It goes great in soups but we love to make rutabaga fries or mashed rutabagas in our house.
After this week, there are 2 more weeks left in the CSA season!
Have a great week!