From the Farmer

Week 14 – 8/17/2016

Are you still here?  Are you on vacation?  These are the days where we’re reminded why government closes in August.  

This week we have a great big pile of green beans.  If you have any garlic left, beans and garlic, toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds would make a pretty nice dish.  Sweet peppers are small but sweet, and they may look like hot peppers but are NOT.  Please love them.  Those first pepper plants were a wild bunch and they’ve given us small but intensely flavored peppers.  Tomatoes while few in number will be large in size – our early plantings have waned and we await a new flush from the next planting.  

While as a CSA-oriented farm we try to mix the composition of our shares each week, succession planting is one of our best tools to ensuring a long season of many kinds of fresh vegetables, and this is something you can do in your own garden, too.  Try planting vegetables like squash, cucumbers and beans every three or four weeks, even just a couple of plants for the family.  We like three or four plantings of tomatoes and peppers.  To make it easy, you could take your garden’s “summer” beds and divide them into four, then leave room for your spring and fall crops, as well as your long season summer ones like sweet potatoes and winter squash.  But, if you know you’ll be away from the garden for a while, you can always stack two plantings and spend a week canning for winter when the harvest is heavy.

Farm Potluck, Sept 18th
Mark your calendars for Sunday afternoon and evening, September 18th.  That’s in one month!  We have some fun new activities as well as some plain social time to enjoy.  Stay tuned…

Mid-Season Survey
We have many new members this year and we’d like to hear how we’re doing via our one of our favorite primates, SurveyMonkey.  Please keep an eye out for a link in next week’s newsletter.  Or, we’re glad to hear from you directly by email, phone or in person.  

Be great,

Mike, Deb, Al, Lex, Jennifer, Anya, James, Emily, Kay, Sonya, Julia and Kelly, Bella, Radish and Lila, Goats x 12, Camilla x 452, dinner chicks x 999 in the freezer, Roscoe RIP and Popcorn, last seen posing for Sara DiGregorio‘s article in the NYT.

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