Dear Friends of the farm,
This is week 17 of an 18 week season: You are getting Yukon Gold potatoes (Thur will get fingerling), red, white and yellow onions, carrots, leeks, specialty peppers, bell peppers, poblano and anaheim peppers, garlic tomatoes and celery. Tue will be getting their missing corn. Were you surprised by the beans and corn last week? Jerry tries to push the season at both ends…just in case it doesn’t freeze in May and again in September. We had two light frosts now, the second just happening Sat. morning. The tops of the peppers and tomato plants are showing some damage, but they are holding on.
Tomato Picking: I’m afraid this is not going to happen this year. We have acres of plants out there, but none of them are ripening. We have to have nights above 60 (preferably above 65) for tomatoes to really ripen well. Our nights have just been way to cold…averaging in the 50’s. This is just one more example of the weather challenges farmers have to face. As CSA consumers, you can see how this affects what can be done.
Fruit Share: the season went out with a bang! First Fruit sent you an extra 6 pounds of fruit totaling 96 pounds for the summer. I am loving both the apples and pears. Everything seemed exceptionally sweet!
Winter Share: Good news! We have two new Distribution Centers, (DC). One is located off of Martin Luther King Blvd and Forest. Anyone who picks up at 6th and Downing is welcome to switch to the new DC. If you have not signed up for a share but would still like to; you are welcome to do so. The other one is off of 107th and Sheridan ~ easy on and off of Hwy 36! Everyone signed up for the Louisville/Broomfield DC will be picking up there.
Jerry wants everyone to know that he has the best crop of dried beans and popcorn he has ever raised! He is also very excited about the rutabagas and parsnips. They are so hard to germinate. The cool weather and rain really helped in developing these two crops. Don’t hesitate. Join our wonderful Winter Share now!
Surveys: If you read this letter on the Blog, please download the survey and return it by next week. You can give it to your DC or you can mail it to me. If you get a hard copy, please fill it out and return it to me or the DC. It is always nice to hear good things about the farm as well as things you would like to see changed. All input will be considered. Quantities are important if you wanted more or less of an item. We need to know your share size. This is how we judge how much to give in each share.
Quote of the week: “A farm is a manipulative creature. There is no such thing as finished. Work comes in a stream and has no end. There are only the things that must be done now and things that can be done later. The threat the farm has got on you, the one that keeps you running from can until can’t, is this: do it now, or some living thing will wilt or suffer or die. It’s blackmail, really” Kristin Kimball, The Dirty Life: on Farming, Food and Love
Jacquie, Jerry and Kyle