The past couple of weeks have definitely given us a hint of the approaching fall. The nights have been cooler, and the days seem to be getting shorter. The occasional downpours and sporadic rain have made it a bit challenging to time our potato and onion harvests, but we've managed to stay on top of things and the harvests are proceeding smoothly.
We're excited to announce that bell peppers will be available soon. In the meantime, we have spicy jalapeno and banana peppers ready for purchase at our farm stand for those who are interested.
A Farewell to Cucumbers
Our cucumbers have done quite well this season but this week we made the decision to send the plants to the compost.
Their macro-molecular constituents will percolate through the bioreactor that is the compost heap and be transformed into rich substrate we'll use to feed the garden next spring.
They took up an entire greenhouse and by this point in the season we had lost over half the plants to wilt brought about by cucumber beetles.
Due to decreased cucumber yields and the urgency to harvest our remaining onions before more rain arrives, we decided to repurpose the greenhouse for temporary onion curing.
We plan to hang these onions from the trellising in the tunnel shortly, and then we will sow the beds for crops intended for late fall harvest.
We're excited to announce that cherry tomatoes will be making their 2023 debut in your CSA shares this week. Just like their larger counterparts, these tomatoes are best stored at room temperature rather than in the refrigerator.
Though our cherry tomatoes arrived a week or two later than anticipated this year, the plants are thriving and the harvests are abundant. You can look forward to many more shares featuring cherry tomatoes in the future.
We're thrilled to share that this season, we're experimenting with growing potatoes as one of our new crops. We've planted four different varieties: Russet, Red, Yukon Gold, and Fingerling.
This week, our CSA shares will feature Fingerling Potatoes. We're still figuring out the optimal harvest timing, so these fingerlings are slightly larger than ideal. However, we roasted some last night and found them to be delicious!
This Week's CSA Share