2014 CSA Fall Notes

Hello CSA members

Happy Autumn!

The bees are eating golden rod, the soil temperature is holding a steady 50 to 55 degrees, and evening time temps dip into the mid to low thirties, and cherry tomatoes are unscathed of frost. I am writing to communicate a number of things to help us all wrap up the 2014 season in good stride. Please note that we have six markets left: two in October and four in November, in November the market hour’s shift from 2pm to 5pm.

October 7 was the last pick up date for our 17-week bag share, those with a market share we want to advise you, if you haven’t already, to check on your remaining balance. We request that all market shares be used within the season.

We continue to have greens: arugula, salad mix, kale, chard, savoy cabbage, pea shoots, etc.; winter squash, potatoes, sweet peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes; carrots, beets; and if night time temperatures hold out for us all – purple green beans.

Looking ahead to what’s coming, as we begin to bring in the harvest, I wanted to let folks know about the Harvest Share and the Winter Share. The Harvest Share is a $25.00 bag share that is picked up the Mill Park Market on Tuesday November 18th, 2014. The bag will include winter squash, onions or leeks, potatoes, carrots, beets, brussel sprouts, celery, perhaps so latent heat loving crops, and a mixture of field greens: kale or swiss chard and with any luck, salad greens. This bag is intended to help folks who need some storage crops to help use up their market share, for those who may like to have a taste of the season without the commitment of a winter share, and for folks who may like to have some local veggies for the Thanksgiving season. Currently we have 8 spots available.

A Dig Deep Farm winter share includes: a steady supply of onions, leeks, carrots, beets, potatoes, celeriac, wintered over greens, storage cabbage, or freshly grow pea shoots in January. New this year we will be including storage radishes in our winter CSA, we have three varieties we are trying: green meat, watermelon radish, and black spanish turnip. The first of 6 winter share pick-ups is on Tuesday November 18th, 2014. The cost of a winter share is $150.00. The first Winter Share bag will vary from the Harvest bag in regards to the variety of potatoes and winter squash it includes, the weights of carrots and beets, and the selection of greens. Our winter share is up to 13 members, we are committing to 15 and possibly up to twenty. We will know the final amount of people that we can provide for by the first or second week of November when we know the final weights of our harvest crops. It is looking like we may be having a bumper crop of carrots and potentially beets this season. My thoughts on navigating this, is to find ways for them to be available and accessible to you all..…

HOW?? As the crop comes in, I perceive the ability to offer 25# bulk quantities and/or the week before our winter share distribution, I’ll send out an e-mail to see who would like a 3# or 5# carrot bag, and we will pack them and have them available for you on winter share pick-up days. I am also open to offer a similar system for winter time pea shoot/sunflower shoot/ or radish shoot production.

Thank you everyone for your time and continued participation Please be in touch with any questions or comments and keep track of new information here on our website.