Dear Friends of the Farm,
This is week 15 out of an 18 week season. You are getting yellow cooking onions, red beets, carrots, red & orange bell peppers, anaheim & banana peppers, Japanese eggplant, slicing cucumbers, edamame beans, Golden Globe, Black Velvet and Cherokee Purple or Brandywine tomatoes along with muskmelon & orange flesh honeydew. We are done with watermelon, corn, squash and green beans. This week may be the last week for the cucumbers and honeydew. Crops are slowing down or stopping all together. With the season being a whole month early, crops will discontinue earlier also.
Water: Our water was shut off last Thursday for the summer. We have filled all three ponds and with cooler weather, that should last us through the week. We don’t see that it will affect your produce bags that much, because crops were slowing down anyway. It feels & looks like October in the fields! Maybe by the end of the week it will feel like fall too!
The Harvest Festival is this Sunday from 11am to 4pm. It sounds like we are going to have a beautiful day with daytime temperatures sitting around 75 degrees. Can’t ask for better day than that! We still need a ‘Grill Master’ from 12 to 1:30pm.
Check in before doing anything or going anywhere at the farm. This is for safety reasons and for me to know who came by. You can pick up a map of the farm with directions to u-pick crops. Please follow the directions, or your car will be heading the wrong way! There will also be directions for a self-tour. If you have any other questions, that is the best place to stop in and ask. If they don’t know the answer..they will come find me!
U-Pick Crops: Jerry will take a look after Distribution Thursday to see what crops may be in abundance. I’m pretty sure you can pick pablano or anaheim chilies plus sweet peppers too. You will not be able to pick tomatoes. We normally have a few special things in the barn and I think there may be a few edamame beans left in the field. There will be other things; I just don’t know what they will be at this point!
Roasting Chilies: It will cost $5 to roast chilies. Please start inside the barn. You will get a tray for picking. When you are done, you must check in at the barn again, pay your fee and get a ticket. Your ticket will match a bag of roasted chilies laid out in trays. No waiting in line, but it does take quite a bit of time to roast, so don’t be surprised if your chilies are not ready when you are! We are limited to roasting 35 trays, so after that, you will need to roast them yourself. We are interested in people showing up early to pick chilies so we can get the roaster started earlier. Feel free to come help at 9am and picking afterwards! (around 10 or 10:30) the more hands we have to help with chores, the sooner everyone can get started picking!
Bring sturdy shoes, a hat & a large dish or dessert to go along with hamburgers and hot dogs. No bug spray or sunblock should be applied on the farm. Please do this at home!
This is our way of thanking you for being members. Hope to see you Sunday!
Jacquie, Jerry, Kyle and Alaina Monroe