CSA pick-up #14

This week’s share includes the following:

1 1/2 pounds of potatoes: choose All Blues or Gold Rush russets
1 lb bag of green tomatoes
2 cucumbers
1/2 lb bag of onions
1 bunch of broccoli raab
1 head of red or green Romaine lettuce
1 bunch of French Breakfast radishes
1 bell pepper
1 head of garlic
1 bunch of basil -OR- 1 bunch of mint

The potatoes this week are a choice between those wacky Blues or Gold Rush russets. Apologies once again for size; some of the russets sized up quite well but others did not (see also: onions). Next week will probably be it for this year’s potatoes, so enjoy them while they last! The greens are coming back, and we’re thrilled to have lettuce to distribute again. The fall might feel a lot like the spring as we bring back many of greens you’ve seen before, including more raab, kale, chard, bok choi, and Napa cabbage. The greens are looking happy and healthy.

We have officially planted all that we are going to plant this year. The greenhouse is empty of seedlings, and Kate spent Saturday unclipping, cutting down, and removing all the tomato plants. The greenhouse is now sealed up tight for several weeks of solarization, a process of superheating the soil to kill any diseases contained therein. Between that and a winter’s worth of freezing, we figure we’ll kill off any lurking problems and create a healthy environment for next year’s plants.

We harvested our modest crop of melons last week, and the news there is not so good. Our watermelons didn’t do much this year, and I don’t think we’ll be able to distribute any to the CSA. We did get some musk melons (better known as cantaloupe), though…we’re hoping a few more will ripen off the vine so we can pass them along.

We also harvested pie pumpkins and will pass those along to you with the rest of our winter squash, which we hope to harvest on Friday. They didn’t do so well, either…much of that field was underwater back in June. We won’t know for sure until we get the harvest in, but I’m hoping we’ll be able to give everyone a few pounds of mixed squashes and pumpkins. Last year (another bad one for squash) everyone got about five pounds.

Our Celli spading machine is on the fritz again, due to a couple of sheared screws. This goes with the tractoring territory. It happens all the time, and bolts and screws breaking are much better that other important pieces breaking! However, the Celli is Italian which means that all her bits and pieces are metric and hard to find around here. Sonya spent a lot of time last week trying to track these screws down, and finally had to order them from K.L. Jack down in Portland. I’ll be picking them up tomorrow after the Portland Farmers’ Market. We want to get the spader fixed so we can work our empty beds and get cover crops in.

Also, please remember that the farm needs your mulch in the form of leaves and “clean” (not treated with chemical fertilizers or pesticides) grass clippings…if you have any to spare, let us know! Ciao for now!

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