The last delivery of the 2016 season – a most bizarre farming season with respect to the weather. We got our summer weather in April, May and June and now the spring rains that never came are here. My biggest lesson from this season is the importance of plants (and people) getting what they need when they are small. It especially warms my heart to see the little ones in our CSA enjoying tomatoes, okra and more! All in all my most challenging year in eight years of farming yet there was enough for 25 CSA shares each week and I felt good about the quality even if the quantity was less than in years past.
I wanted to make sure and bring potatoes this last week so today Julie and I harvested a row of spuds from my field and two rows of Julies first crop of potatoes from her field. We had a full day harvesting about 150 pounds of butternut squash, removing drip tape from the field and moving fencing so we could flail mow and then use the tractor on the potato rows. Tonight we enjoyed some of Julies first potato harvest, grilled okra and burgers. As we sat outside the temperatures have been dipping into the 60’s so Indian Summer is in the air and Fall is around the corner.
Thank you to each of you for your support this season. I remain firmly convinced that a CSA is the best model for small farmers to make a steady income from farming and for folks to best connect with how food is grown. I look forward to seeing each of you tomorrow at the CSA pickup from 6:30 until 8:00 pm at the H Building patio. Please bring a bag for your goodies.
Until next Season…