Last week, I commented about how fall seemed to have suddenly rolled in, yet today, the windows are wide open and I’m conspicuously sweaty. Summer isn’t finished quite yet, apparently. All is well here on the farm as we harvest our way towards the end of September. We’re done with the Portland Farmers’ Market now…thanks to all our customers this season, especially those who ventured out this past Saturday in spite of the unsettled weather…and will be focused on our Bridgton market and on finishing the CSA strong. Many thanks to a couple of hard-working ladies for their help this past week: Donna Duval and Sue Lasselle, I don’t know how Claire and I could have managed these past few Tuesday and Friday mornings without you!
In spite of the return of hot weather, the summer crops are really giving way to the roots and hearty, storage veggies of the fall. With this in mind, the Summit Springs Farm CSA share for week #15 includes the following:
2 lb bag of potatoes
1 lb bag of peppers
CHOOSE ONE: 2 lb bag of carrots -OR- 2 lb bag of beets
1 bunch of chard
1 spaghetti squash
1 large or 2 small onions
1 bulb of garlic
1 pint of husk cherries
CHOOSE ONE: 1 lb bag of broccoli -OR- 1/2 lb bag of spinach -OR- 2 kohlrabi
Up to 4.5 lbs of beefsteak and heirloom tomatoes
You see those tomato numbers dropping, right? The party’s winding down, folks, so don’t delay! Salsa! Sauce! Canning! The clock is ticking… Enjoy the spaghetti squash! Claire and I harvested it a couple of weeks ago and set them up in the greenhouse on tables to cure. The squash becomes much sweeter during this curing time. The aforementioned Donna Duval helped us haul a lot more of our winter squash bounty out of Field 4 and into the greenhouse today. Varieties include sweet dumpling, delicotta, butternut, buttercup, Sibley, blue hubbard, pie pumpkins, and more. Look for some squash in your share a few weeks from now. We wish there were more…it seems we’ve lost a lot of the squash to squash bug damage, more than expected. I suppose that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise in this bug-intensive season. For you red and green cabbage fans out there, it’s even worse. We’re having doubts that we’ll be able to distribute any cabbage this season due to extensive leaf hopper and cabbage looper damage…this in spite of spraying! If any does go out, it will be small, so folks looking to make kraut or other cabbage-based creations in quantity might want to check out other organic options at your local farmers’ market or natural food store. Apologies all around!
And a few folks in recent weeks have asked how the sheep are doing. Sienna, Savannah, Somebody, and Big Daddy Logan Steve are all doing well. We have them on a tight rotation schedule…Claire and I move them onto fresh grass twice a week. We’re doing this more often now after a dramatic breakout the week of Ezra’s birth…Logan ended up in a neighbor’s yard a few houses down and the rest of the gang somehow turned up all the way at the end of Estes Way (that little road across from our barn.) It seemed pretty odd that they would separate and wander so far away…I blame the full moon! Anyway, they all seem healthy and happy, and I’m really getting a kick out of having them here on the farm. We have a snazzy new shed for them (built and delivered by Joe Roy…ask us how to contact him if you’re interested) to use this winter. Somebody will take a fateful trip to the Windham Butcher Shop this November…we’re going to keep the results and educate ourselves on the different cuts and whatnot this winter with an eye on lambs in the spring and hopefully lamb for sale at CSA pick-ups and market. Here are some recent shots of the herd:
The September farm potluck plans fizzled due to the arrival of Ezra and general farm madness, but we want to get back on track and announce that the next potluck will be happening right here on Wednesday, October 5th from 6-9 PM. Bring along a dish to share and meet and mingle with your neighbors and fellow CSAers. The CSA will be wrapping up in late October, so if you haven’t been to one of our potlucks, come on up for the final gathering of the season! (We do continue potlucks in the winter but usually skip November and December due to the holidays). Also, remember the farm when dealing with your autumn leaves! The trees are changing fast now and the fall part of fall will be upon us soon. We can use your leaves for mulching all manner of things here, so bring ’em on!