Oh... and we also grew vegetables this summer....
And it was challenging. The wettest spring anyone can remember made early work difficult. We were blessed with a very hot and relatively dry summer that produced some great crops. And then Irene and we have had generally pretty wet weather post-Irene. But we are pleased with our crops and excited about what we are packing away in the coolers and freezers for the winter.
Potatoes and onions are all in. We are experimenting with a couple different onion-drying methods this fall and they have dried off really nicely. Our fall carrots are putting on heft and sweetness every day. They seem to know that even though the days are short and cool this time of year that there is not much time left and they need to fatten up. Sweet potatoes are curing in the hot room. Share members will receive them next week or the week after. Greenhouses are nearly filled with baby greens, head lettuce, chard and other delicacies for the fall and winter and we recently doubled our shoot growing room. There is a bumper parsnip crop that we'll let the fall frosts sweeten and beet harvest begins in earnest tomorrow. And cabbage, lots of cabbage.
Production from our kitchen is better than ever this year. Highlights for me include orange watermelon juice frozen from succulent melons grown by High Mowing Seeds and the hundreds of jars of tomato puree and sauce that are resting in storage ready to be parceled out for those cold winter nights. And we got a pepper roaster so you'll be receiving frozen bags of roasted red peppers. This week we'll make salsa verde with the last of the tomatilla crop and freeze some gorgeous red jalapeno peppers.
Our crew has been really top notch this year. Great attitudes, going above and beyond, dealing with unusual circumstances, thanks to you all. We will be carrying a larger crew than in the past into the winter as we'll be growing more greens this winter. We hope you'll consider joining us for the winter CSA and come along on this local eating adventure. ~ Pete
Annie and Melissa, April. Tomatoes and basil in the greenhouse.
Tim and Deb, June. Salad Turnips and Napa Cabbage.
Annie and Socorro pick beets in June. Sweet Peppers!
Annie and Deb, Oct 6. Melissa shows off her big belly - Isaac and Melissa are expecting their baby Oct 21!