Week of August 28th – CSA Newsletter

Welcome to the CSA members who are starting pickups for the Fall Only share!

This past week marked the start of a new semester and that means a new “crop” of students who are doing their internship at the TC3 Farm. The start of the fall semester is always an interesting time because I am in full on farm mode going 101 mph and then I have to come to a screeching halt to get new students up to speed. I appreciate the new energy on the farm but it always takes a little time for folks to get acclimated. But the work doesn’t stop and these fine young folks will get thrown into the deep end of the pool. Let’s hope they don’t sink ;). We spent the first class doing an in-depth farm walk to familiarize themselves with the farm. This week, it’s back to the grind of harvesting and field work.

A big thank you to the folks who came out to the farm over the weekend to help us do a little weeding. We had a great turnout and got through a bunch of beds.

A weedy mess!

Crops that were barely visible now have very little competition for nutrients and sun. If you were bummed that you had to miss the weeding party, don’t fret, because I think we’ll have another one in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

While harvesting for last week’s CSA share, I noticed a big time bummer out in the field. One of our varieties of sauce tomatoes is infected with Late Blight. Late Blight is a fungal disease that can affect both tomatoes and potatoes. It’s not surprising with how wet this season has been but a bummer nonetheless. Once a crop is infected there isn’t much we can do besides removing the infected plant material to minimize the spreading of the disease. We’ll probably try to salvage as many green tomatoes as we can and hopefully it doesn’t spread to the rest of the tomatoes and potatoes.

Tomatoes infected with Late Blight

It’s one of the reasons that we grow most of our tomato crop under cover.

Ok, let’s not spend too much time focusing on a downer. Let’s talk about this week’s CSA share. The summer crops are rolling in right now and we have a few new items this week. The beefsteak tomatoes have finally taken off that they can be on their own this week. There will also be the first of the beans this week. There are both green and yellow to choose from. The other new item this week will be sweet peppers. It’s a mix of both bell and frying peppers and they are beautiful! We also have the return of our Asian mix that we had way back in the beginning of the season. It’s a mix of bok choi and tat soi and they are perfect in stir fry. The stems are edible too! You just need to separate them from the leaves because they take a little longer to cook down. In addition to these items there will be a choice of lettuce mix, chard, cabbage, eggplant, both green bell and frying peppers, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, new potatoes, garlic, basil, fennel and I’m hoping there is time to harvest tomatillos and the sauce and saladette tomatoes. The zucchini is pretty much toast. From all the wet weather and weeds, they just aren’t thriving. I’m hoping for a rebound but we’ll have to see.

That’s it for now. Have a great week!

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