Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wed/Thurs - Week # 15


Hi,

I hope you are doing well. Our small shares this week have delicata squash, red onion, anaheim peppers, red beets, dragon's tongue beans, slicing tomatoes, and green butterhead lettuce. Our full shares have all of that, and additional squash, peppers, beets, and tomatoes, as well as rainbow chard and galia melons.

I am sad to say that this is our final week for our Peak of the Season members. We have had a really great response to the program, and hope everybody who participated has enjoyed it as much as we have. It's hard to believe how fast the summer has flown by, and that indeed, the weather is finally cooling, and our peak produce season will now slowly come to an end.

I would like to thank all of you who took the time to give us feedback through our survey last week--we had a great response, and lots of important information has been gleaned. I will write up a summary of responses this week, and probably include some highlights in the newsletters throughout the rest of the season.

New in the shares this week are our delicata squash, and dragon's tongue beans (for our Small Share members). The delicata squash is one of our most special winter squash varieties. It has a rich, sweet, honey-like flavor, and smooth, moist texture. It also is the only winter squash with a tender enough skin to eat (once cooked); which also contributes to its short shelf life. While most winter squash can last for weeks or months if properly cured and stored (they keep best in a warm, dry, open-air place), delicatas will only last a week or two; so make sure to enjoy them soon. The dragon's tongue beans are a striped variety of wax bean, and can be prepared any way wax beans can.

Plans for our Winter CSA are coming along nicely. We have put together some more info on the web site, and should have everything finalized by next week, so stay on the lookout for that. I have included a list of items we plan/hope to include in the shares; which includes most of the new items we also anticipate adding for the remainder of this season--you can view that list here. While almost everything we grow is still in season now, as the weather gets cooler, the plants will generally slow their growth, and yields will decline--though some plants that thrive in cooler weather, like lettuces and some greens will actually fare better, while still growing slower. As this continues, a whole variety of fall/storage crops will come into season, and we should have a pretty big shift in our produce over the next few weeks, with lots of new items replacing those that are on their way out.

Please remember to return your bags.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.

Enjoy!

-Mark

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