Autumn welcomed us with open arms and boy, is it a great sight. Sure, we had a little scare Friday night with some high winds, but the temps over the weekend were picture perfect. Cool in the mornings but the days cleared up to be that ideal fall day, not too hot or too cold. And fall in the Finger Lakes means apples, pumpkins and hillsides beginning to change their beautiful landscapes. An annual tradition in our family is to make it to Opening Day at Hollenbeck’s Cider Mill in Virgil to get the first apple cider donuts of the year. My daughter usually begins asking about going to the “donut store” starting in May. And if you haven’t been for donuts, cider or one of their delicious pies, I highly recommend.
I wanted to share with you an exciting event that is coming up in a couple of weeks. Historic Ithaca and The History Center in Tompkins County will be hosting the Authentically Rural Weekend, October 5-7. There are a number of events happening throughout the weekend, including a dinner at Coltivare on the 6th and a brunch on the 7th at Maryhill Farm, right here in Dryden. It looks like a wonderful way to spend a fall weekend.
We continued with our harvest of storage crops last week, getting out the rest of our mid-season potatoes and some more beets. In the coming weeks (maybe even this week), we will begin to harvest carrots. We also seeded some kale, spinach and lettuce that will be planted in the hoophouses and greenhouse for the winter months.
In this week’s CSA share there will be a choice of winter squash, beets, cherry, beefsteak, heirloom and paste tomatoes. As well as the return of kale, swiss chard, head lettuce, sweet peppers, hot peppers, watermelons, thyme, sage, dill, sorrel, dandelion greens and possibly cilantro. There will also be potatoes this week. In addition to the russets that have been available, there will be a new variety this week, Harvest Moon. These round beauties have a rich purple skin with a wonderful contrasting white flesh. Perfect for a potato salad.
Have a great week!