From the Farmer

Week 17 – 9/7/2016

Fall Potluck is Just Around the Corner
Sunday, September 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Tours, activities and socializing at the Farm.  Come learn about bees, bats, gourd crafting and butterflies.  See how we use chickens in our fertility program.  Meet a Camilla or a Milhouse.  We hope to see you! Please let us know you’ll be here! RSVP to

In your share
Greens are returning to your share after the heat of August.  Your lettuce this week comes as small heads, and you may receive red or green romaine, red or green oakleaf, or some mixture thereof.  We’re trying a new variety of Swiss chard and we hope you like it – tell us what you think about its flavor, texture and even the quantity we give.  Two late crops of basil have done fairly well; we, like farmers all up and down the East Coast, have been challenged by a mildew that afflicts basil, usually mid-late season.  We tried these two late crops as an experiment and the results have been satisfying – we still see the downy mildew, but may have learned a few lessons in how to cope with it.  The same went for cucumbers.  Mid- and late-season cucumbers have been another challenge the last years.  We planted a late crop of these, too, and while they didn’t all make it those that did have produced well.  We’ve been able to add either a cucumber or late zucchini to large shares this week and last.  Those big zukes, by the way, are perfect for bread.  If you’re not a zucchini bread lover, try making a zucchini crisp with it.  No lie, your kids won’t know they’re not eating apples.  Enjoy these all this week, we’re not sure how much longer we’ll have basil, cukes and zukes available in CSA or at the Farm Stand.

Speaking of, those of you hot pepper fans, come and get, or let us know you’d like more and we’ll try to bring some to your delivery site. 

Be great,

Mike, Deb, Al, Lex, Jennifer, Anya, James, Christy, Valeria, Kay, Sonya, Julia and Kelly, Bella, Radish, Goats x 12, Camilla x 452, dinner chicks x 999 in the freezer, Roscoe RIP and Popcorn, in his new Super Chicken back to school clothes.

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