Crop list: Cosmic Mix, Dill, Green Peppers, Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Pirat Heirloom Lettuce, Carrots, Larott Fingerling Potatoes, Onions, Sunflowers and maybe Leeks
Monday, 3:13pm. It's a nail biter out there folks. Will it freeze? Will it not freeze? The forecasters can't make up their minds either. Since Friday, predicted temps have ranged from 37 to 31 degrees for tonight's low. We harvested lots of goodies that could die in a frost. Some things were covered. Some things we just look at and think warm thoughts for them. I know I will not sleep well tonight wondering what the temperature will get to. I really have my fingers crossed for one more week without frost. There are a lot of sunflowers that need a few more days. They may make it if the frost is light. If not, well, that's life (and death).
Peppers! WoooHoo!! These are a treat in our climate. They have been growing all summer and could have used a bit more time but we pulled them all in to make sure we got to eat them instead of freezing them. This is the first time we have grown peppers outside for the whole CSA.
This is also the time of year we all start to wonder how long the shares will go. We don't know yet. At this point it depends on when it freezes and how fast we can get everything out of the garden. I can tell you the shares are about to get huge and heavy! Root crops weigh a lot compared to all those spring greens!
Monday, 10:31 pm. When I was working on the newsletter earlier, Jed was taking a much deserved nap. He headed out to the farm around 6 for evening chores. The kids and I sat down for dinner and the phone rang. Jed told us Bertha had a calf! She was not "due" until Saturday. It was our favorite kind of birth. Healthy mama, healthy calf. No interventions. On her own as nature intended. As much as I love witnessing a birth, I know the moms would rather do it on their own without an audience, and that is ideal when it all goes smooth. The calf was already up nursing when Jed found them. About 3 hours lapsed since he last saw Bertha. Stay warm tonight little buddy.
Monday, 11:54 pm. I just wasted an hour of my life on the internet. It is 34 degrees outside.
Tuesday, 7:58 am. The temperature was down to 28. Colder then anyone predicted. Now we just have to see how much damage there is. By this afternoon we will be able to tell what plants made it and what plants didn't. The leaves on the hill will have turned a couple of shades brighter, and we should be hearing the elk bugling soon! Fall has arrived!!!
Sausage! Yes! Chorizo Sausage is the flavor we have now. Chorizo is a classic Mexican sausage, mildly spicy with vinegar. Check the attachment on your email for prices. Available cuts are: Sausage, Boneless Loin Chops, Spare Ribs, Neck Bones, Bone in Shoulder Roast, Heart and Liver.
Check the coolers at your site. I attached a list of prices and cuts to your email. If you know you want something, please email me and I will send it over for you. You can also tell your site hosts you have a request and I will send it the next week. We purchased 2 cows from Lifeline. They are packaged with our label because we brought them to the butcher live and for us to sell them they needed a label...and well, we are Cosmic Apple! It is really just the legalities of selling USDA inspected meat. More info then you need, but we want to be completely honest about what we have!
Find recipes for this weeks share here: www.cosmicapple.com/recipes.html
Bring Bags to pick-ups!
Wash Your veggies!
If you can't make it to pick up your veggies, send a friend!
Missed shares are forfeited for the week.
Members get 20% off at the Farmer's Markets!
The Driggs Market is Fridays 9-1.
The People's Market is Wednesdays 4-7.
Jackson Market is Saturdays 8-12.