Cold weather is a' comin'... and these farmers are ready. It's been a long Summer and we're happy to move into Fall, to start pulling roots out of the field, move everything into storage, and put the farm to rest. And to rest a little bit more ourselves.
We pulled the yellow storage onions on Thursday morning... they're HUGE and are all lined up and curing. Yea onions! The storage reds we pulled a couple weeks ago area almost ready to be cleaned and bagged... allllmost.
Mike harvested the last of the zucchini on Monday morning and flail mowed the zucchini, bean and cucumber block that afternoon. He has been discing sections of the fields and plans to drill in the first round of Fall cover crop seed later today.
I spent the weekend in Ridgway with my family, we roasted and froze tomatoes, made peach pies and just spent quality time laughing and kidding around. And I got to catch up with friends over breakfast on Sunday morning. Aahhhh, it felt good to regroup and step away from the farm for a couple days (last week kicked my butt).
With a potential frost coming this weekend, and moisture rolling in ahead of those temps, we are planning to clear a few crops in the coming days... the red cabbage, walla walla onions, giant kohlrabi (soccer ball size?), peppers, winter squash, tomatoes... and more.
The new wash/pack/storage building is almost complete! The crew that helped us with the siding, roof and insulation finished up last week and it looks so good. Our parents are coming to visit this week/weekend and I think we'll get the bay door installed on Saturday, weather depending. Now we can move inside and start building out the new wash station, walk-in cooler, etc.
CSA Members, here come the Fall flavors! The hot crops will be fading and more roots and hardy greens will be in the shares in the coming weeks. It's time... time to fire up the oven, roast veggies, simmer broth and make soup.
Only 2 more weeks of the 2017 'Summer' CSA! I hope you have been enjoying the bounty, discovering new veggies and experimenting in the kitchen. We appreciate your support more than words can say and I have loved seeing you all every Wednesday this Summer. The Fall CSA (now sold out) starts on Wednesday, October 11th.
CSA Harvest - Week #16:
Salad Greens, Kale, Chard, Cauliflower, Red Cabbage, Carrots, Beets, Daikon, Walla Walla Onion, Cucumber, Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes.