Abbe Hills Farm CSA

  (Mt. Vernon, Iowa)
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cooler week ahead. YEAH!!!

Greetings shareholders,
 
This week, we have new potatoes, lovely white onions, garlic, wonderful summer squash, cabbage. kale and collards, and the last lettuce until October.  We also might be able to get some combination of swiss chard, broccoli, and/or kohlrabi.  The last three suffered in the heat last week and aren't really the quality that I wish they were, but might be salvageable.
 
It's going to be such a relief to have cooler temperatures - for the farmer and the workers and the plants.  Lots of things can't set fruit when it is very hot, like cucumbers, beans, tomatoes.  The flowers are pollinated, but the fruits fall off within a few hours.  And everything suffers from moisture stress, even when it is well watered.  It got to the point by the end of the week that I didn't even go to the garden after lunch because I didn't want to see how it looked.  Thankfully, this week is going to be a different story, and a couple of weeks from now, we won't be able to turn off the harvest.
 
I'm sorry that there are no herbs.  Usually we would have them by now, but we've had such a hard time getting small seeded things to grow and/or survive.  Even big seeded crops like beans and squash have been challenging, and herbs have been one of the more serious causalities.  We'll try to plant some more this week so maybe we can have some for fall.  I know you need your cilantro and basil or it wouldn't be a real summer.
 
We did manage last week to plant (and keep alive, I think) a huge number of watermelon and cantaloupe transplants.  Won't that be great this fall!!!  Nothing is better than homegrown watermelon on a hot afternoon in September. 
 
Remember that Dan Specht will be delivering grass-fed beef this Thursday.  Contact him if you want to be included.  It's expensive, but very good.
 
I've got raffle tickets for the annual Southeast Linn Community Center fundraiser.  $1 each.  Great prizes.  And your support helps keep the lights on, the food pantry open, and the space available for everybody.  Our community center serves everyone in the Mt. Vernon and Lisbon school districts with emergency food, a clothing closet, senior dining, recreational opportunites for kids and seniors, transportation for people who need it, and much much more.  
 
Heritage Days this upcoming weekend.  See you there.
Laura
 
 
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