Another Tuesday, another harvest, and we managed OK without Corey’s help! Granted, Sonya and Rachael did a lot of pre-harvesting yesterday with the help of Andrew and Christine, a young couple from Massachusetts who are interested in apprenticing with us next season. It was good to meet them and have some extra hands out in the fields Monday morning! After the excessive heat of last week, we’re relieved that cooler weather has arrived. It really does seem like summer officially ended with the Labor Day weekend. The cool nights have been especially lovely…I’ve even had to put on a jacket when venturing out to lock up the chickens for the night. At this time of year, in spite of the continuing big harvests and with the CSA and farmers’ markets in full swing, we do begin to slowly shift our attention towards next season: Our new field needs to be worked with the tractor and spading machine to get it ready for next season…I need to start cutting wood for the new greenhouse woodstove…various fall projects beckon. Cover cropping is also on our minds, and just today, Rachael and I sowed some oats in a few empty beds in Field 3. Transitions…
Last week, I mentioned that Big Bear was missing. Alas, he still is, and now our other cat, black-and-white Bosco, is gone, too. He was 13 years old and had been struggling with illness for much of this season. Still, he was getting around and in recent weeks he’s been fairly regular presence down in the barn during CSA pick-ups. This past Friday morning, however, he couldn’t stand up on his own, so I knew it was time. I want to thank Dr. Rennix, a CSA member and the cats’ vet, for her cat care advice at pick-up last week…with one cat missing and the other dying, I had a few questions! Also, a shout-out to everyone else at the Poland Animal Hospital right down on Maine Street for their kindness and care of the cats during our time here in Poland. I’m sure we’ll have cats again in the future, and I know exactly where we’ll go for veterinary care.
With our bumper crops this year, we’ve been trying to find some new outlets for our veggies, especially those incredible quantities of tomatoes. We’ve been selling some produce to Square Root Natural Foods here in Poland for most of the season, and they are now making weekly orders of herbs, salad mix, zucchini and summer squash, and more. This past week, we also began selling produce and flowers to Axis Natural Foods in Auburn. Restaurants, too: Fuel and Fish Bones, both just over the bridge in Lewiston, are buying tomatoes and more from the farm. These local businesses are helping to support us, so we ask that you support them, too!
Many thanks to CSA members Jason and Jill Piper for bringing over a couple jugs of their homemade biodiesel last week! Our Massey Ferguson had about a half a tank of regular diesel in her already, so we topped off the tank with the new fuel (it’s recommeneded that you mix the two). Fuel is expensive, every little bit helps, and we love the biodiesel option…yeehaw!
Your CSA share for week #13 includes the following:
2 lbs of potatoes
1 lb of zucchini/summer squash
1 bunch of leeks
Choose: 1 musk melon -OR- 1 pint of husk cherries -OR- 1 quart of massive tomatilloes -OR- 1/2 pint of raspberries
Choose: 1 bunch of kale -OR- 1 bunch of chard -OR- 1/4 lb bag of arugula
1 sweet onion
1/2 lb bag of beans (green, wax, and purple)
1 bulb of garlic
Mixed beefsteak and heirloom tomatoes (up to 12 lbs!!!)
Herbs: 1 bunch of basil -OR- dill -OR- cilantro
Bread shareholders received a loaf of John’s Daily bread this week. The goodies for sale at pick-up this week include eggs, flowers, pizza dough, pancake mix, bran muffins, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, zucchini relish, and more! Have a great week, everybody!