Last week marked the final harvest of the 2017 Mountain Roots Produce Summer CSA Season and today is the first 2017 Fall CSA Harvest. Time is cruising by a little too fast and it's hard to believe the middle of October is quickly approaching.
Summer CSA Members, THANK YOU so much for supporting our farm this season and for being a part of our CSA. Thank you for choosing locally grown produce and for believing in us, your passionate farmers! We are very appreciative of our CSA Community this season, you all are awesome and such a pleasure to see every week. We hope to grow food for you all next season, and for many years to come!
Every growing season is unique and brings it's own challenges and lessons. As farmers we are always learning, and Mother Nature constantly has something new to teach us. This season brought a very cool and wet Summer here at the farm, once June passed, which made some crops happy as can be (beans, broccoli and cauliflower to name a few) and others not so much, as yields were down on the tomatoes, basil, peppers, cucumbers and cabbage. But that's farming... and growing a large variety of produce helps us regulate the ups and downs from season to season.
The CSA is an essential part of our farm and without your support we wouldn't have been able to complete some of our many Spring projects this season. Your support helped us build two additional greenhouses, a game fence (which is simple and so amazing), and feel confident in building our new wash/pack/storage building. So, again, THANK YOU for your support early in the season, it helps us build important infrastructure on our farm so we can in turn grow better for you all year after year. We are excited for what 2018 will bring... and hope you will all join us!
Mark your calendars, Registration for the 2018 Mountain Roots Produce CSA Season will open on February 1st, 2018!
The Fall harvests continue... We are tackling one harvest project at a time. We successfully got all of our main carrot crop out of the field last week! And we have been harvesting nonstop since we saw you all on Wednesday, and the pace of the harvest picked up on Saturday when the forecast showed a 23 degree low for Tuesday morning. Brrr, 23 is cold enough to do some damage so we cleared the turnips, daikon, most of the beets, cabbages, etc and we trimmed and bagged all the onions and they're now sitting in storage.
An awesome group of ladies came out and helped us harvest potatoes and beets on Monday. It was a chilly and breezy day, perfect for harvesting potatoes, and we moved 4,000+ pounds of Yukons out of the field by lunch time and then spent the afternoon clearing beets. Thank you so much Ladies!!
We look forward to seeing everybody later today, for the first Fall CSA Pickup!
Fall CSA Harvest - Week #1: Kale, Collards, Bok Choy, Green Cabbage, Carrots, Beets, Purple Daikon, Yukon Potatoes, and Sweet Walla Walla Onions.