For those of you who have joined us for the Columbus Day Share, this will be your last week. Thank you so much for joining us! If you’d like to extend until Thanksgiving, let us know; we’d love to have you.
The soil is still wet from the intense rains last week, keeping us out of the fields on tractors.That hasn’t stopped our crew from keeping busy on our farm, and others.
Last week our apprentices joined in for a day at Channing Daughters Winery for their mass grape harvests that will be happening over the next couple months. Unlike an annual farm, their perennial fruits are ready to harvest only once a year. We also took the crew to harvest pumpkins at Balsam Farms, another novelty harvest for us since space constraints prevent us from growing pumpkins at Amber. All the pumpkins are adorning the front of the market and for sale!
Last year, a huge field clean-up project for us was picking up the plastic mulch we use in our beds. This mulch is a primary method to combat weeds in organic farming. It also helps prevent erosion and keep soil temperatures warm. The major drawback is that it is a non-reusable product made from and non-renewable resources. Every fall, we end up spending days picking up the plastic pieces, which can be incredibly tedious and difficult after the plastic has spent months in the ground. This year, we made a transition to biodegradable plastic. Although it is an hefty monetary investment, it has us feeling better about our use of non-renewable materials, and saves us tons of time and labor in clean-up. We can simply incorporate the mulch into our soil during discing and over the winter, it will biodegrade into the soil
This Week’s Box:
Jimmy Nardello Peppers
Spicy Salad Mix - optional
Collard Greens - optional
Kohlrabi - optional
Fennel - optional
Edible Nasturtium Flowers - optional
Carissa’s Sour Pickled Rye
In the Fields:
Flowers (new bed open further into the field on the left!)