Week of October 30th – CSA Newsletter

Sunrise rainbow over the farm!

Well, here we are folks, the second to last CSA pickup of the 2017 season and the night before Halloween. The wind is howling this chilly night. Where I grew up the night before Halloween was known as Mischief Night. The only mischief I’m getting into these days is eating a few too many pieces of candy corn.

This past week, we checked off another item on our end of the season list. We got our garlic planted. Garlic is the one crop that we save seed to replant the following season. We sort our bulbs when we harvest them at the end of July and the largest most uniform bulbs are saved for seed.

Garlic cloves awaiting planting
Cloves going in the ground

I usually aim to plant garlic at the end of October, using Halloween as my guide. I was feeling like it would be good to get it in last week and I’m glad that I did. We got some serious rain Saturday night into this morning out on the farm. It made for a difficult harvest today, with our feet sinking in the mud. I can’t imagine it being any better later this week because of off and on rain in the forecast. 

There are a bunch of little projects remaining for the season that won’t take more than a day each. The last big field project for the season is to finish harvesting our fall carrots. Carrots are definitely one of the our biggest successes this season and they should be available at our farm stand throughout the rest of the semester.

Let’s get to what’s in this penultimate CSA share of the season, shall we? In this week’s choice there will be kale. The kale this week is much smaller and tender than last week’s. Green peppers and lettuce mix make their returns. There will also be eggplant, sweet peppers, heirloom, beefsteak and cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, kohlrabi, carrots, beets, black and watermelon radishes, fennel, napa cabbage, rutabaga and garlic. There will be these beautiful all purple fingerling potatoes and green tomatoes. There’s more to green tomatoes than just frying them. Here’s a link that will inspire you.

Now, I usually don’t give recipes for desserts but one of our wonderful CSA members shared this recipe with me. It sounded amazing and I knew I had to try it. So, I went out and got myself a Bundt pan and went to work. My wife is an amazing cook but I am the baker in our household. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

Enjoy and have a great week!

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