Saturday night brought the deepest frost we have had yet this season. I think temps were in the mid-twenties for most of the evening, which was enough to do some damage. Luckily, I harvested the last of the broccoli and cauliflower for the CSA the morning before! I did leave a few heads in the field to see how they would handle the cold and they froze solid.
We're motivated this week knowing it's our last big push for the season! A few days ago the forecast showed a chance of rain on Friday and Saturday so we made a long list of all the things we needed to tackle before then and we have been checking one thing off at a time. We finished the potato harvest on Monday (wahoo!) and every last beet came out of the field yesterday. Now we just need to finish clearing the remaining roots (parsnips, rutabagas, white and yellow carrots) and a bed of leeks out of the field and put the farm to rest. It's time!
Mike started flail mowing blocks, discing and seeding cover crops on Monday. We're trying to get the fields all prepped for winter by the end of the week. And then, we're hoping a little rain follows! I would love to see a couple soggy days so we can stay inside... roast the last of this season's tomatoes, finish freezing peppers, bake a carrot cake and sit and drink coffee lazily on Saturday morning. Mmmmm, that's what I'm dreaming about. But until then...
Harvest, harvest harvest, sort potatoes, move irrigation pipe, pull drip lines, mow, cover crop, deliveries, move the greenhouses, shape beds, plant garlic, and so on.
We spent Saturday finishing the garage door on the steel building and working on the new walk-in cooler. Next up, power! We rented a piece of equipment last week and Mike spent Thursday trenching the ditch for our future electrical line. One step at a time. It will be exciting when we have electricity hooked up and the new walk-in cooler running, as the other coolers are pretty much maxed out.
Harvest details for Fall CSA - Week #2
Salad Greens, Kale, Cauliflower/Romanesco, Broccoli, Carrots, Purple Top Turnips, Delicata Squash, Onions and Garlic. Enjoy!!