Week of September 28, 2009
Dear CSA Members,
Well, this is it, my final writing for the year 2009! As I have said in previous weeks, it seems truly incredible that time has gone by so quickly.
In looking back I remember a rocky start to the season – too much cloudiness, too much rain and it never seemed to warm up. I remember that the average temperature for July was 68 degrees, far cooler than most years. Many of you wondered when the time would come that you felt you were getting your money’s worth. I believe that time probably arrived right around the end of June and the first of July. We have been fortunate to have a bounty that continues to feed our stomachs and our souls.
Just because the formal CSA membership has come to an end it doesn’t mean the produce has quit growing. The fall planted broccoli is about a week or two away from being mature. This crop promises to be tasty and plentiful. The raspberries are still coming on, so are the tomatoes although both have slowed a bit. There are still oodles of potatoes to dig and the winter squash is coming to maturity.
What this means is that if you still want fresh produce, it is still available. I will send out an email once a week to let you know what there is for purchasing. This will go on until frost. When the email goes out you can let me know if there is anything you wish to have and we can arrange for you to come to the farm to pick it up.
Several of you have come out to pick your own – that works out great for me, no labor on my part! I have been charging $4.00 per quart for raspberries if I pick them and $3.00 per quart if you pick them. The tomatoes have been selling for $1.00 per pound you pick, $1.75 per pound if I pick. We can discuss the other produce as we needed.
I hope that you have liked the white/tan raspberries in your boxes. They are a new variety and I think they are sweeter than the reds. They don’t hold up as well as the reds so they need to be eaten right away.
The squash you are getting this week are acorn or butternut or kabocha. The winter squash started out well but got a powdery mildew and did not thrive as I thought they would. Many vegetables need the hot dry weather – something we were short of this year.
The cantaloupe has been somewhat of a disappointment. As I have said in other newsletters, it has been hard to determine ripeness and once they get ripe, the bugs are after them. The watermelons have been very frustrating for me. I hope that all of you have at least had one or two that have been perfect for you. The yellow watermelon for the most part was very good.
The deer have grazed the lettuce until it is too short to share with you. I wish they had not have been so greedy. They have also eaten the beets I planted. I am glad that we did not have the deer bothering us all summer or the baskets would have come up very short. Guess we will have to work on that problem next year.
Thanks to all of you for allowing me to be your farmer this year. I do hope that you will consider another go around next year. Already a number of you have told me you will be members for 2010. You all should be proud that you have been consuming vast amounts of vegetables this summer. The USDA states that we should be eating five servings a day of fruits and vegetables a day for a healthy lifestyle. In fact The Dietary Guidelines for Americans now recommend that Americans double the amount of fruits and vegetables they currently eat. Doubling fruit and vegetable consumption calls for changing behavior, which is not easy even when people are aware that it is something they should do. Given the increase of chronic diseases among all age groups, eating a diet rich in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables is more important than ever.
Congratulations for keeping a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables from our farm!
Until next spring……………..