Welcome to “fall!” There’s still plenty of summer (both weather and food) ahead of us, but in CSA terms the arrival of Labor Day is a pivotal marker in the season. To celebrate, we’re giving out the first of the delicata squash, which is quite possibly our favorite winter squash; it is one of the earliest squashes and also one of the best-tasting. It also has thin skin, so if you don’t mind a little texture you don’t even need to peel before cooking and eating them. We went big on winter squash this season - we have about an acre planted with 10-12 different varieties, including spaghetti, accorn, cheese pumpkin, kabocha, and butternut. Enjoy this first taste and there will be plenty more to come!
This is also the time of the season when we start shifting our thinking towards wrapping things up in the fields with an eye on winter. Most of the food we’ll produce for the rest of the season is in the ground (sweet potatoes, winter squash, and brussels sprouts were planted back in June), apart from lettuces, baby greens, radishes and some quick 30-day crops that we’re still transplanting or direct-sowing into the fields through the month of September. Whereas in the spring plants speed up in the heat and long days of sunshine, in the fall they slow down (a summer radish may take 21 days to reach maturity, a late fall radish may take 40 days). We plan for this slow-down by stacking multiple plantings in September that will largely carry us through November, or until the heavy frosts come. Other work we’ll do this fall is plant next season’s garlic and wheat, which are both over-wintering crops, and sow cover crops (usually oats and rye) in our remaining open fields once they are out of production.
Despite this talk of fall veggies and winter, we still have two plantings of tomatoes that are just starting to ripen that we hope will produce through October, there is still plenty of summertime left! We’re barely past the halfway mark for those of you with shares going through Thanksgiving, so much great food to come!
This week’s box:
Corn (celebrity guest produce appearance from Balsam Farms)
Whole Wheat Flour
Fruit Share: Blue Plums and Donut Peaches
Cheese Share: your choice!
Bread Share: Carissa’s
Peperonata (delicious sauteed peppers)