Tomorrow, Saturday, October 20th, 10:00 until 2:00, is the last pickup of the 2012 season. We'll have potatoes, onions, garlic, turnips, carrots, beets, radishes, winter squash, braising greens, leaf lettuce, kale and collards, arugula, and herbs. I haven't yet looked at the brussels, but I'll bet they aren't much better than they were last week since we haven't had any nights below freezing since then. Find out for sure tomorrow!
No rain all summer, and now it rains four times in one week. We're loving it, but it sure makes it hard to harvest the vegetables. There's going to be some mud on your lettuce and other low-to-the-ground leafy things. Sorry, but it makes me happier than the alternative, which is puny low-to-the-ground lettuce and other leafy things because they've never had a good drink in their whole lives. (Even with irrigation. Nothing is as good as real rain.) We got 2.3" rain last Saturday and Sunday, then about .3" since. We're ready for some sun today.
Because we had such nice rain and since it's going to be warm in the upcoming week and things will grow a little more, I should have lots of garden next Saturday. Therefore, I'm planning to offer a bonus "One-Week-Only" CSA share next Saturday, October 27, 10:00 until 2:00. The price will be $21, like the weekly price this season. Charlotte will be here with bread, too. It will contain lettuce, braising greens, kale, potatoes, turnips, arugula, maybe more depending on what we find in the garden. It's a good opportunity for people who might like to join the CSA to check it out, so if you have friends who might be interested, please zap this note on to them. There will be a signup sheet on the check-in table tomorrow, and I'll send a reminder mid-week. If you think you're going to have veggie withdrawal problems, this might help.
The winter farmers market in Mt Vernon starts on Saturday, November 3, and will happen more or less every other Saturday, alternating with Springville. Charlotte and I will be at both markets each week. Gotta have a way to keep moving all the eggs, plus you need your fresh bread. I'll keep bringing garden as long as we have it, then produce from the hoophouse in the early spring.
The Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development (in which everybody in Linn and Johnson counties lives) is hosting a local food banquet on November 1st. It's usually a GREAT meal with interesting people who work on local food issues in our area. You might like to attend to meet some of the farmers, chefs, policy makers, and environmental leaders who contribute to our local food scene.
There is a terrible weed on this farm. Canada thistle. It's roots are 20 feet below the surface and therefore IMPOSSIBLE to kill with normal tillage practices. It's stickery, obnoxious, aggressive, invasive, and yield-killing. I hate it. My workers hate it. My neighbors hate it. I've been fighting it for 24 years. Sometimes, I would like to spray it. There are things that will kill it, 100% dead, but they are very very bad chemicals, things you wouldn't want on your food or your yard. But sometimes, I want to use them anyway because I am so so so sick of living with Canada thistle. Here is a new report from Pesticide Action Network that helps to keep me from calling the Co-op and saying, "get over here and BLAST that thing out of the ground". It's a review of many studies examining the impact of pesticides on children's health. Enough evidence here to keep me from making that call (but I still want to).
If you have clean leaves from your yard that you would like to put on my compost pile, I would be happy to have them. But they have to be clean. No underpants, toy cars, cigarette butts, Pepsi cans, candy wrappers, or shoes (all of which have been delivered to this farm when I used to get leaves from the city). Talk with me on Saturday if you are interested.
Thank your for your membership in Abbe Hills Farm CSA this season. It's been a challenge, but it's been great. I hope you've been happy with the food - kind, quality, and quantity. We've done our best to give you the best that we've been able to grow. Your kind and encouraging words, gifts, and graciousness have all been helpful to me and my workers. We've enjoyed growing your family's food this year and look forward to doing it again. Thank you.
See you tomorrow,
Posted by Laura @ 11:09 AM CDT