Week of September 3rd – CSA Newsletter

And just like that, we’ve hit September. It’s crazy how fast the farm season can go by. It seems like last week we were deciding where the season’s crops were going to be planted. September always is a crazy time on the farm because the summer crops are still cranking at a good pace but some of the fall/winter crops are ready to be harvested or will be soon. The end of the season is in sight, although it seems so far away. This time of the year is a mix of harvest/planting/cleanup projects. But this is Upstate New York, and we know that the first frost will be here before we know it. I actually had a very realistic dream (more like a nightmare) over the weekend that I woke up to a light frost and I never closed down the sides to the hoophouses. The result was that all the tomatoes and peppers growing in them had bitten the dust. It took me a few minutes but I was relieved when I realized that wasn’t the case.

The past week was a great one with all the new student interns. We spend a lot of time harvesting for their first few weeks before diving into some of the other farm tasks. I think that this is a great time of the year to expose folks to the basics of harvesting because there is so much to do. I really stress to them the importance of harvest and post-harvest handling of the vegetables that we grow. The proper harvesting techniques, times of day that we harvest certain crops, sorting and washing of crops and proper storage of vegetables. These are all extremely important so that you and all of our other customers can have the highest quality vegetables. 

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Mobile Food Pantry at Tompkins Cortland

mobile food pantryMobile Food Pantry

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Office of Student Life will be hosting a Mobile Food Pantry on the Tompkins Cortland campus in Dryden on Monday, March 6th, 2017 in the BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House, 12pm to 1pm

They are still looking for approximately 25 volunteers – if you are interested please contact Barbara Thayer as soon as possible (nelsonb@tompkinscortland.edu)!!!!  Volunteers need to be able to work from 11am – 1pm.  There is a lot of set up and prep time that goes into this before we are able to hand the food out at Noon.

This is free food for anyone who needs it.

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