August 30 – From the Farmer……..
It is finally official – this will be our last year being a
CSA farm. It has been a wonderful experience learning and growing and meeting so many wonderful folks who are so interested in good food, and it is also time to be done. When we first started, we thought we would be a CSA farm for three years. We then raised that to five years, and we are just finishing our eighth year. We will continue to grow a garden for ourselves, work on our fledgling vineyard and raise a small number of livestock. We look forward to whatever opportunities are next for us including not being so tied down to the farm.
We encourage all of you to find a new
CSA farm. During this time of summer abundance, it is probably a good time to search sites for a CSA farm that fits your family.
The dry weather continues and while we are irrigating around the clock, we simply cannot get everything that needs watering watered. Many of the crops are suffering, showing signs of dehydrations and early maturing. It also seems as though many of our crops will be mature and done earlier that would be normal. We picked the majority of the watermelons and cantaloupe this week and that is at least two to three weeks earlier than usual. The squash crop looks a bit meager due to lack of moisture, but we are hopeful that is will still provide a plentiful amount of winter squashes. And our fall crop of broccoli looks wonderful but will be ready sooner than expected.
Intern Sam, whose last work day is tomorrow, harvested all the rest of the onions this week, pulling the Copra, Red Zeppelin, and Sierra Blanca onion’s not already harvested.. Then this morning, we all trimmed the tops and roots and placed them on drying racks in our hoop house to cure until we send them off to you. We will also soon be digging the rest of the potatoes and putting them on racks in the hoop house to cure.
It is tomato canning season. This afternoon, in the hottest part of the day, Gigi and I canned two five gallon buckets of Orange Blossom tomatoes. Our twenty-one beautiful quart jars of canned sunshine sit on our kitchen table. Tomorrow I plan to can an equal amount of Pink Beauty tomatoes as well as make a couple batches of salsa.
We have lots of tomatoes RIGHT
NOW. If you are interested in picking some tomatoes for canning THIS WEEKEND please let me know. Thursday afternoon, Friday, Saturday or Sunday afternoon all would be a fine time to pick. With the extremely hot weather the tomatoes are ripening faster that we can keep us with them and they will not hold. You can also get some sweet and hot peppers to go with the tomatoes if you wish.
All is well at the farm…. until next week….. Robin
What’s In Your Share this week:
Watermelon Sunshine (yellow inside), Starlight (red), New Orchid (orange),
Cantaloupe Classic (heavy netting), Sarah’s Choice (smooth netting)
Honeydew Diplomat (yellowish, smooth netting)
Sweet Pepper Gypsy (yellow), Carmen (long red or green Italian frying), Merlot (purple), Islander
(purple), Snapper (green and red bells)
Hot Pepper El Jefe Jalapeno, Serrano Del Sol, Hot Yellow Banana
Eggplant Classic (purple), Galine (purple), Dancer (pink), Thai Green
Kale Red Russian
Onions Sierra Blanca (white), Red Zeppelin (red)
Tomatoes Taxi (yellow), Orange Blossom (orange), Pink Beauty (pink), Paragon (red),
Tomatillos Toma Verde