Abbe Hills Farm CSA

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Frost and drought slowing growth, we change schedule next week

Greetings shareholders,
This week, we'll have some combination of potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, sweet peppers, chilies, cucumbers, summer squash, kale and collards, swiss chard, leaf lettuce, watermelon, cantaloupe, and herbs.  It could turn out to be a sort of skimpy week, with not everything on the list, or not much of some things.   We have to wait a couple more days to see just how much damage the cold did and to know how it will affect the Thursday people. 
Between cold nights and the drought, it's been hard to get the fall crops growing.  I started irrigating again late last week and will continue this week.  If it stays sunny and if I can get enough water in the ground, we should have some nice crops starting next week or the week after.  There are kohlrabi, beets, carrots, and lots of greens trying to grow.  The winter squash has more maturing to do, so I'm going to wait at least a week, maybe two, before we start to cut it.  Might as well have it be as tasty as possible!  There's going to be good eating the middle of October.
Remember that this is the last week that you pickup in the evenings.  Starting next week, everybody picks up on Saturdays, 10:00 until 2:00.  So, come tonight or Thursday, then the next time you come is Saturday, October 6.  It's a long time between Monday and the following Saturday, I know, but the extra week will give the crops time to catch up to you, and you to catch up with what you've got piling up in the frig!
The young hens are laying lots of eggs, all the time, so it's finally time to eat more eggs!   I'm trying to make sure that there are always a few in the walkin cooler in the big shed.  I think you should be able to stop nearly any time most days this fall and find the big doors open.  If in doubt, zap me a note to make sure you can get to them when you want.  And remember to keep eating eggs after the CSA ends in October.  Not sure what I'm going to do with 65 dozen eggs a week in November!
I've just finished a new book, "Turn Here Sweet Corn", by Atina Diffley, that I think many of you would enjoy.  It's the story of her family's relationship with their farm, Gardens of Egan, near the Twin Cities.  Quite a good book for both farmers and consumers.  Atina was in Iowa City last week on a book tour and was a guest on "Talk of Iowa" on Thursday.
Sorry for the lateness of the newsletter.  We had family things early this morning.
See you this week,
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