Week 15 - Final Week for CSA Shares

A fairly heavy frost both Sunday and Monday morning confirmed that this will be the last week for the CSA season.  It has been another tremendously enjoyable year for me and hopefully also for all of our shareholders.  I am writing this update as I wait for the chickens to be processed at Wilcox Poultry in Brown City, and I am reminded of how many awesome people I have had the good fortune to meet over the past 3 seasons on the farm. Like Ken and Robin Wilcox, our current and past shareholders have been both supportive and inspiring and I cannot express enough how appreciative I am.   The end of the season is always bittersweet, while I am ready for a reduction in hours of physical labor :) I will miss the harvest anticipation and the weekly shareholder conversations and comradery

Not only will this be the last week, we have also decided that this will be our final CSA season.  I have been provided an opportunity to return to the financial service industry that is just too good to pass up.  As a result we will be shifting the sales of produce to a special order and on farm pickup model next year.  We will continue to provide high quality, organically grown strawberries, blackberries, asparagus, peppers, tomatoes, etc., just not as wide of variety of items and on a slightly smaller scale.

Now, back to this week...several late season crops will be harvested this week, including turnips, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and a bonus harvest of spaghetti squash from a late planting that produced way better than I thought it was going to!  We also will see carrots for the first and only time this season, while many crops had a banner year with the heat, they were the most disappointing item.  We had 6 different planting and germination was horrible in all of them.  I was originally blaming the seed but believe the real cause was was the heat and lack of moisture at planting time (lesson learned for next year, irrigate carrot plantings until emergence). We combined the harvest from all 6 plantings to provide this week's share.  An excellent recipe that uses both the turnips and carrots is:  Tugboat Turnips

This week's share contents will include:

  • Butternut Squash
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Onions
  • Turnips
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Apples
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Kale - Blue Curled Scotch
  • Sweet bell or banana peppers
  • Cayenne Peppers
  • Chickens

Thank you again to our shareholders for your support!  It's been a great season and I look forward to hopefully seeing you out at the farm next spring!


Week 14 Shares

Today is one of those perfect autumn days, full October sun, nice breeze, and a fantastic array of color!

Shares this week will have quite a variety of colors as well:

This week's apples will be a combination of both Red and Golden Delicious.  Many of the goldens have some amount of sooty blotch, which is a surface blemish that shows up when moisture levels are high.  It doesn't effect taste, just appearance, a late season fungicide would eliminate it, but we opt to just deal with it.  A little water and a cloth will rub it off easily.

The chickens continue to pack on the pounds, they will go in for processing next Tuesday!

Share contents:

  • Apples
  • Onion
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Red Cabbage
  • Swiss Chard
  • Radishes
  • Acorn Squash

Week 13 Shares

According to the calendar it's now officially fall, and boy has it been feeling like it.  With overnight temps down in the 40s most of the winter squash vines have died back and we are beginning harvest this week with spaghetti squash!

Following is our favorite spaghetti squash recipe, it is way awesome!  http://dfo-recipes.weebly.com/spaghetti-squash--meatballs.html

This week includes our final harvest of arugula, the cooler weather has meant less pest pressure so fewer flea beetle holes in this batch :).  If you haven't tried it yet, give the Arugula Pasta recipe a try:  http://dfo-recipes.weebly.com/arugula-pasta.html

The sweet peppers have colored up nicely and there is a mixture of varieties in this week's harvest, (some shares will get yellow, some orange, others red, etc). If you get one of the long sweet reds, just don't confuse it with a cayenne. The sweet ones are much larger and have smoother skin.  The second picture below shows a comparison of the two so hopefully you can avoid any issues.

Sweet Red Peppers on the left, spicy Cayenne on the right

If you don't plan on using your cayenne right away, you can use a needle and thread and string them up through the green stems and let them dry for a month or two and then crush into red pepper flakes or use a blender to turn them into cayenne pepper.

This week's shares will include:

  • Green Beans
  • Onions (yellow)
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Tomato
  • Cherry Tomatoes (the last few from the vines)
  • Arugula
  • Apples (red delicious)
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Cayenne Peppers

Week 12 Shares

Beets are back this week, and based on multiple request, we have included the beet greens as well.  We have clipped and bundled them separately as they wilt very quickly if left attached to the beet.  If you haven't used them before, the following recipe is simple and good:  cooked-beat-greens.html

The chicken's new pasture this week is a field that I planted a clover mix cover crop into this spring, the clover is now about 18" tall and the chickens have been feeding on it like crazy, they have actually left food in the feed trough during the day in favor of the clover!

This will be the last week for the McIntosh apples, but the red and golden delicious should be ready to start this weekend.  It looks like we will have many extra bushels of the goldens and some of the reds, if anyone is interest in purchasing extra quantities please let me know.  Pricing is $12 per bushel for shareholders and $15 per bushel for non-shareholders.

This weeks shares will include:

  • Green Beans
  • Onions - White
  • Beets
  • Beet Greens
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Cayenne Peppers
  • Apples - McIntosh