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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sept 1st and 4th

Hurray for Veggies!

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Eggplant.  You may choose who is who and what is what.  I am amazed at how many of my shareholder's have their head in the gutter : )
Fruit.  For years, we (especially Zach) have tended to our small orchard, consisting of pears, sour cherries, plums, peaches and apples.  Every year we learn from our mistakes and learn better techniques for pruning, fertilizing and insect control.  Growing organic fruit is VERY challenging and time consuming.  Although the winter killed all of our peach buds again, our pears and plums are loaded.  So much so that we should have thinned...and didn't.  The lack of thinning has caused the fruits to not be as sweet as they could have been.  Still tasty in cooked desserts, we are enjoying our bounty and taking the time to preserve some for winter.

It's been hot and dry out in the fields.  This time of year is always a little strange as it is time to get the fall/cool weather crops in like spinach, but it is near 90 degrees!  Here we are planting scallions that will overwinter and be the first allium you see in your share next year.  Tough little plants these guys are.  The gardens are certainly starting to look like fall is sneaking in and fall harvest has commenced.  Starting with the storage onions, we have many TONS of food to move in over the next 2 and half months!  It's a lot of hard work, but fun to see the "fruits of our labor". 
This Week's Bounty: chard, cabbage, carrots, baby leeks, scallions, edemame, basil, parsley, melon for full shares, cukes, zukes, summer squash and tomatoes

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