The Moon is halfway over the Sun and here we are halfway through the CSA Season! — Knuckle Down News, Week 10
As we reach the halfway point, I hope that everyone is enjoying their veggies this season. Moving into the end of August there isn’t much planting left to do and with no potatoes and very little Squash here on the the farm this year, bringing in the fall crops should be a cinch. I’m hoping this will leave lots of time to work on some cover cropping and other garden clean-up to give us a head on start next year. I’m also hoping it will give us a chance to visit the beach once or twice more before the season is through!
Never fear though, there are lots of crops still going strong out there for the remainder of this season, and we will be getting some Squash and Potatoes from other lovely farmers to round things out a little as we move into fall. Speaking of going strong, our second planting of beans is here with a vengeance this week so I hope everyone had a chance to catch up with their bean overflow. This planting includes a variety of French Filet bean, which is a little more tender, delicate and sweet than the standard green bean. Our peppers are coming along nicely too, but to give some of them a chance to turn colour I will be sending along some of our mini bells this week along with what might be the end of the cucumbers.
The tomatoes are still chugging along, despite the cool evenings and wet weather, some of them are so big the trellises keep breaking. The corn on the other hand is so tiny I’m not sure if we will get a crop thanks to the deer and getting them in late late. You never know though, sometimes tiny plants can still produce a decent ear or two.
The grasshopper population has been out of control this year and unfortunately our second planting of cabbage was next to the edge of the garden where the grass is tall. This provides a perfect grasshopper hideout and I can’t believe how quickly they can defoliate a napa cabbage! This week I will see what can be salvaged, so there may be some napa hearts or mini cabbages coming your way.
This weeks share:
- Mini Cabbage
- Summer Squash
- Mini Bell Peppers, Eggplants and Cucumbers in some combination
- Herbs and Hot peppers