Farm Share Week 16 (Sept 18-20, 2013)

First frost of the season. It came rather early this year. We farmers watch the forecast with holy fear, playing a game of odds as we decide when to spring into action to defend our crops. Many things affect a frost other than temperature. Even temperatures above zero can cause burning out in the fields, especially on a clear, windless night. Monday night was a flurry of activity- harvesting all the squash and carrots we could get our hands on, covering eggplants and peppers in fabric forming mini greenhouse shelters, and turning on sprinklers in the wee hours of the morning. Most things seemed to have escaped harm, but that late crop of peas we hoped to harvest soon may never be.

 

Even the weeds can sometimes shelter plants. I feel rather satisfied as I harvest some green onions among weeds that have been charred by the frost. The bugs begin to die down, gratefully, aside from the friendly abundance of flies that seek shelter indoors. Root veggies like carrots and parsnips, as well as apples, fill up with sweet sugars in response to the chill. It’s a mixed blessing, something powerful and uncontrollable like a wave of the sea, propelling forward the one who is positioned well, and capsizing the one that is not.

 

Our adorably sized butternut squash testify to the way climate can vary the produce. Last year the same squash were too large to sell to retailers and ended up being sold cheaply to be pureed for baby food. This year the gap between the last frost of the spring and the first one of the fall was uncomfortably narrow. But still, some things grew beautifully and us farmers are nothing if not adaptable. I love this country and it’s worth living here, short growing season and all, to enjoy the freedoms we take as givens.

 

Half Share

  • Turnips (yes, these ones have the bulbs also)
  • Carrots
  • Butternut squash
  • Eggplant
  • Campari tomatoes
  • Watermelon or cantaloupe
  • Collard greens: try sautéing with a little garlic, bacon and chicken stock: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/kickin-collard-greens/
  • Green kale
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Assorted sweet Sheppard and bell peppers (despite the shape, none of these are at all hot!)

Whole Share

  • Turnips (yes, these ones have the bulbs also)
  • Carrots
  • Butternut squash
  • Eggplant
  • Campari tomatoes
  • Watermelon or cantaloupe
  • Collard greens: try sautéing with a little garlic, bacon and chicken stock: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/kickin-collard-greens/
  • Green kale
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Assorted sweet Sheppard and bell peppers (despite the shape, none of these are at all hot!)
  • Green peppers
  • Saladette tomatoes
  • Green onions
  • Parsley
  • Green cabbage

 

Hope you enjoy your veggies this week. I am stoked to have some sweet peppers!

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Theresakekki on September 19, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Hi

    Is there anyway I could get my share this week only other than Friday or sat?

    Sent from my iPad

    Reply

  2. Posted by Dhimo on September 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Will there be Delicata squash this year? It was my favorite item last year and I’ve been looking forward to it!

    Reply

  3. Posted by Nicole Cockburn on September 23, 2013 at 8:13 am

    My basket had no turnips?

    Also the watermelon I received on Friday was rotten by Monday, this seems quick to me.

    Nicole

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    Reply

  4. Hi Nicole,

    We ran out of turnips and you should have received zucchini in its place.

    Yes, that is too soon for watermelon to go bad! We just had frost and some frost damage is not readily apparent when an item is harvested. We would be happy to send you a replacement item in your next box.

    Thanks for letting me know so we can replace it.
    -Jennifer Eng

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  5. Theresa: You could pick up your box thurs evening or even Sunday or Monday if you prefer. Kindly email or call me to let me know when you’re coming and I’ll make sure there is someone to help you. 416-577-3685.

    -Jennifer Eng

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  6. Hi Dhimo,

    Yes, we have delicatta squash this year. I just didn’t want to use squash too early as we will be having lots of it in the weeks to come. I love it too- it’s beautiful, a great size and has that nice sweet potato texture. It’ll be in your box soon-probably next week.

    -Jennifer Eng

    Reply

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