This week 16 out of an 18 week season. You are getting carrots, white onions, summer squash, cucumbers, red bell peppers, banana peppers, jalapenos, and tomatoes. New crops this week are French Fingerling potatoes, Kabocha and acorn squash, garlic, scarlet turnips, leeks and basil.
Many of you have asked about the garlic. Why did you get it every week early in the season, then it just suddenly stopped? The reason is that we put in an order in March for our fall garlic seed. We verified this order in July and it went up by $5000 dollars (our original cost was $4000) over doubling the cost! We asked the producer, what is going on? China cut their production of garlic in half and other countries have had crop damage or crop failure. This brought the cost of garlic seed to a price we could not afford to pay. We decided to forgo giving it out every week and saving most of it as our own seed. The Summer Shares will get it a few more times and the Winter Shares will get it all winter. The remainder will be planted in October for 2011 harvest. If production does not increase in the world, we may be short of garlic every year from now on.
We also want to inform you that we did not have enough winter squash to give it out to the Summer Shares at all. We contacted a local organic farm and purchased enough winter squash to give it to members the rest of the summer. The Winter Shares will get squash grown by us on our farm.
Winter Share sign-ups are coming along nicely. If you are still interested, please contact me and we will reserve a space for you and send you the form if you need it. Please get this into me ASAP; we are now contacting non-members to join as Winter Shareholders.
I’m sorry, but I am going to cut this short. I have hurt my back and sitting at the computer really hurts!
Have a great week!
Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle