Crop List: Carrots, Beets, Leeks, Parsnips, Potatoes, Basil, Winter Squash, Specialty Radish, Broccoli Florets, maybe Green Tomatoes or Turnips
One more week!
We will be going until week #18 this year. October 6th and 10th will be the last share days. The wet cold weather really slowed us down. We are watching the soil dry out, crossing our fingers, peeping at the radar and HOPING we get a window of dryness so we can use the potato digger to free the spuds. We have about an acre of potatoes out there, and digging by hand with digging forks is fun...but takes a long time. All potatoes so far have been hand dug. To use the digger, the plants have to die, which happened in the frost. As the green part wilts the potatoes start to "suberize", a fancy word for getting tougher skin. Without the tough skin, the potato digger is too rough on them. It really is more satisfying at this point in the season to use the tractor to dig them. It scoops them up and puts them back on the ground so "all we have to do" is pick them up by hand. So if all goes smooth, next week you will get lots of potatoes, carrots and beets.
We did just have two glorious days of cloud free sky. The fall leaves on the trees are beautiful and I got to wear flip-flops again.
We are really happy with the high quality of the roots crops this fall. They are at the peak of maturity, the colors are vibrant, the moisture content is perfect. The carrots will be among some of the sweetest you've ever had. After a frost the plants sugar up and get sweeter. Growing roots in a warm climate is no good. Cold climate farming is sweeter!
Sign-up for 2018!!
We are on week 17! This year we will be going to week 18 (Oct. 6th and Oct 10th). Find lots of bags and give yourself some extra time because the shares will be BIG. Bringing a big box may even be helpful!
If you purchase your 2018 share at a pick-up you will get a free Cosmic Apple hat or T-shirt, both made with organic cotton! We will begin handing out the paperwork this week!! Please plan on paying with cash or check. We may be able to take cards at a couple of the sites, but are not set up to do so everywhere, and it will add 3% to your cost!
I have started stocking the coolers with beef and pork roasts as the weather gets chillier!
Here is a full list of what is available. As always, feel free to email me if you know you want something and I will reserve it for you at your site!!
Beef: Ground Beef, Patties, Roasts, liver and Heart
Pork: Chorizo, Breakfast Sausage, Fresh Fennel Sausage (made with fennel from our garden, a fall specialty!), Bacon (limited to 1 package per customer), Boneless Loin Roast, Shank, Pork Chops, Spare Ribs, Shoulder Roast, Neck Bones, Head, Heart, Liver and Fat.
WASH YOUR VEGGIES!!
Whole and Half pigs for sale. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
Bring Bags to pick-ups!
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 (last one 10/6)