We're now truly approaching the end of the regular season. Farmers markets have ended, the evenings are short, and the cold is starting to move in.
We're still growing all sorts of fall crops like carrot, bok choy, lettuce, radish, turnip, leeks, beets, and so on, and we're gearing up to offer a one month extension to our CSA program.
Today we'll be planting garlic for next year's harvest and we've already seeded beds with spinach and green onion to overwinter and harvest next May. We recently seeded some plots of winter wheat as an experiment for next year. We don't expect to be offering wheat or flour to customers but we're expanding our experimental crops to those with especially nice caloric and storage characteristics.
This season we had planned on having some melon for our CSA shares and farm stand. Due to some issues around the time of transplanting, we were late getting our seedlings into the field and figured they would not have time to mature.
But due to the very late warmth and the delay of frost, we were able to let them grow and this past thanksgiving weekend, yours truly harvested the melons we had in the rain before the threat of frost became all to real.
So in a surprise twist, our October 13th shares, the second to last shares of the regular season, will contain the first and only melon of the season :). We've certainly never grown melon this late before, and a few of the varieties are brand new to us (like a yellow-flesh watermelon), but we hope you enjoy and look forward to hearing what you think.
Based on interest expressed by many of our CSA members, we're happy to tell you that we are indeed offering a CSA Extension!
This is the first year we're offering an extension into November and we're thrilled to be able to experiment and work on offering a longer season of fresh produce.
We'll be sending out an email to all CSA customers within the next few days to invite you to sign up for the extension. Delivery and pick ups will still be on Fridays.
This Week's CSA Share