Well, folks, here we are drifting towards mid-October, and the final week of the 2010 CSA is here. It’s been a phenomenal growing season, and we’d like to thank all of our CSA members for their support! Also, a reminder that though the CSA is ending, the farmers’ market season is still rolling along. Come see John every Wednesday in Portland’s Monument Square from 7am-2pm and Sonya every Saturday in Bridgton inside the Community Center on Depot St. from 9am-1pm. We plan to go to Portland until the week before Thanksgiving and to Bridgton until the week before Christmas, so there’s still plenty of time to get your fall favorites including farm-fresh eggs, greens, potatoes, cabbage, roots (carrots, parsnips, beets, rutabaga, etc.), and much more.
A big reason for our success this season is that we had good help. Corey has been back home in Illinois for a month now, and on Saturday afternoon, we bade farewell to Rachael. She did her last farmers’ market in Deering Oaks Park, came back to the farm to load up, and hit the road, bound for her home in Rochester, NY. Rachael arrived way back in April with no prior farming experience, but she threw herself into the work here with a lot of enthusiam and expressed considerable curiosity about all aspects of organic farming as the season chugged along. We were especially impressed by her endurance. Farming is tough work, but Rachael jumped into some of our more physical projects with tremendous energy and patience. Many thanks for everything, Rachael, and good luck with whatever comes next!
One of the final projects Rachael worked on was the planting of next season’s garlic. Garlic planting is and will probably always be a farm season highlight for me. Planting garlic was just about the first thing that Sonya and I did here when we moved onto the farm back in October of 2007. It happens in the fall when the farm is at its loveliest and working conditons are usually perfect. It’s also a good reminder of the cyclical nature of farming. As one season’s harvests begin to wind down, you get out there and till up some beds to plant the first crop for the next year. Sonya and Rachael planted about 1200 row feet of garlic way out in the two last beds of Field 2. The gals also did some mowing around the field edges and put a thick layer of hay plus some leaves and grass clippings from the lawn on those beds to protect the cloves through the long winter. The garlic will be harvested next summer, and we can’t wait. Also, a special thanks to our friends Joelle Powell and Katarina Arvedson for hanging out with Sonya one evening last week and helping her break up many, many heads of seed garlic in preparation for the planting. (And, it’s time to once again put out the call for leaves! We need ‘em for all manner of mulching projects just like the garlic. Bring them to the farm or call us and we’ll try to come get them!)
Your final CSA share of the season includes the following:
1.5 lbs of yellow onions
8 lbs of winter squash/pie pumpkins
2 lbs of carrots
2 lbs of parsnips
2 lbs of beets
Choice: 2 lbs of potatoes -OR- .8 lbs of tongue of fire shell beans -OR- 1 lb of broccoli -OR- 1 lb of cauliflower
Choice: 1 bunch of Red Russian kale -OR- 1 bunch of celeriac (celery root) -OR- 1 daikon radish
Choice: 1 lb of bell peppers -OR- 1 lb of eggplant
1 Bok Choy
3 hot peppers
3 heads of garlic
1 bunch of parsley
Bread shareholders received a loaf of Cornmeal Wheat bread this week. Goodies for sale at pick-up this week include eggs, pizza dough, pancake mix, bran muffins, chocolate chip walnut cookies, zucchini relish, and more! Enjoy!
A few share notes… Daikon radish is an Asian radish that is delicious in soups and stir fries. Celeriac, or celery root, is also wonderful in soups or stews or stir fries. For cooking, I prefer it to celery because it holds up better. Some of the pie pumpkins included in your winter squash grab bag may still be green. Never fear, they will continue to ripen and turn orange. Placing them in warm spot, like a sunny window, will help the process along.
Enjoy the veggies, and thanks again! Please keep checking the blog, too. It is my intention to continue posting every week or two through the winter with farm updates, potluck announcements, food news, and whatever other random things pop into my brain that I feel like sharing. Photos, too, like these gems from a gorgeous autumn: