Welcome Autumn Temperatures! Finally!
We're looking forward to this week! Although a bit of a frost is in the forecast midweek, we are hoping that these cooler temps will allow the fall tomatoes to continue to set and ripen. One thing that the heat did (among many) was slow the ripening of the tomatoes. We don't recall that ever happening before. Although the drought of 2011 was even more serious than this summer, the heat wasn't as intense for as long. The many, many weeks of over 100 degrees stressed the plants. It's a mystery they even survived. But they are setting fruit and looking pretty good right now. We had enough Sun Gold cherries for distribution last week! That was an unexpected surprise for our members! We're hoping for a repeat showing this week! We are at that place in the year when there is less and less of the summer bounty and the fall/winter crops are not yet producing. This is when we really appreciate the support of our CSA. The farm continues to have expenses whether there is a lot of food or not. This is the difference between a hobby gardener and a commercial farm. The hobby gardener simply turns their attention to clean up and preparation for the next thing, the commercial grower is under pressure to have produce to sell ( and in our case ,distribute to members). We love that our community gets that! We all rejoice and share in the bounty and we wait patiently together for the veggies that are coming. And they are coming! Right now we have thousands of plants in the ground and greenhouse at all stages of maturation. We have cabbage, kohlrabi, bok choi, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collards, mustards, turnips, radishes, spinach, and lettuce. And we're about to start carrots and beets! In another month or two potatoes and onions will go in the ground! YAY!