Notes From The Field
Finally a Fall Feeling
By Derek McGeehan
We're safely into October and we haven't seen the sun in half a week, received a nice light soaking rain, and are beginning to say goodbye to the last of the summer vegetable staples like tomatoes and peppers. We're transitioning away from sowing warm season annual cover crop mixes of buckwheat and daikon radish on finished fields and for a brief period will hope to establish oats and crimson clover before switching completely to winter rye and hairy vetch. Cover crops we sow after cash crops will largely determine what we can plant where next spring, summer, and fall. Buckwheat, daikon, and oats will winter kill and slowly desiccate and decompose over the cold months and should leave the soil in an almost perfect state of planting condition next season. Clover, rye, and vetch will go dormant over the winter, regrow in the spring, and will be turned into the soil after flowering in May. The clover and vetch will also fix nitrogen in the soil. Rye produces so much organic matter that we'll either fallow those fields or plant fall crops, giving the soil and organic matter time to process into a workable condition. Also affecting what goes where in the spring will be what was where the past 3-5 years. Crop rotation is an essential part of organic farming, crop and soil health. With good record keeping and ample land for proper rotation and resting, the pieces of the puzzle become easier to fit into place.
Three stages of growth of buckwheat and daikon radish cover crops are seen here. I'm looking at a 3-inch thick and growing daikon taproot in a patch where the buckwheat has finished flowering and is beginning to senesce. Buckwheat grows quickly to suppress weeds, attracts pollinators, then dies back to allow the daikon understory to take over.
Saying Goodbye to Summer Veggies
By Derek McGeehan
Harvest #21 (Week A) should include garlic, beets, kale, lettuce, arugula, spinach, mizuna, greens mix, chard, potatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, tomatoes, green tomatoes, cabbage, escarole, and broccoli. Some items will be a choice and may not be available during all pick up times. U-pick should include the last of the cherry tomatoes, plus dill, cilantro, parsley, and other herbs.
Food to look forward to! Shown here are late season direct seeded carrots, radishes, arugula, kale, and mustard greens mix as well as transplanted bok choy, scallions, kale, and collards.
Potluck Meal and Celebration - Sat. 10/8 5pm
Join us in celebration of the delightful arrival of autumn with a final potluck of the 2016 season on Saturday October 8th at 5pm. Bring a dish to share to feed around 6 adults plus your own place settings and beverages. We'll eat under the pavilion, enjoy the night sky and a small fire.
Workshifts For Week of 10/16
By Derek McGeehan
Now that we're into October there is about one month left of workshift opportunities for you to satisfy the work component of your CSA share. If you're not planning to work this season, please remit the balance of your share cost soon. Half shares work 4 hours, full shares work 8 hours, over the course of the entire season. To "buy-out" of your work hours at $15/hour, please send a check payable to "Anchor Run CSA" at 2578 2nd Street Pike, Wrightstown, PA 18940. Please don't feel guilty about this option!
Shifts this week:
Tuesday 10/18 9-11am
Wednesday 10/19 10am-12noon
Friday 10/21 10am-12noon
Saturday 10/22 10am-12noon
Sunday 10/23 12noon-2pm (garlic processing in barn)
Workshift sign-up instructions may be found here
Notoriously slow to germinate and grow, baby carrots are difficult to cultivate because weeds easily outpace them. Here, Hannah is confirming their presence in their respective rows and will cultivate between rows.
2016 Late Fall CSA; 2017 Winter CSA
Sign up now on the members' page
to secure your spot in our 2016 Late Fall CSA and 2017 Winter CSA! For additional information please see the bulletin that was e-mailed to you this past week, log into the website and click the green "Join" buttons on the members' page, or look below.
2016 Late Fall CSA:
- 6 weeks of fresh and storage crops from weeks 11/13/16 through 12/18/16
- vegetables should include greens like arugula, spinach, mizuna, kale, collards, cabbage, napa cabbage, endive, escarole, lettuce, chard, and beet greens; roots like carrots, turnips, beets, radishes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and kohlrabi; as well as storage crops like onions, garlic, and butternut; and freshly harvested alliums like chives, leeks, and scallions
- cold hardy vegetables grown outside with use of low hoops and row cover
- weekly full shares ($180) and biweekly half shares ($100) available
- share distribution on Wednesdays 1-8pm (except for Tuesday 11/22/16)
2017 Winter CSA:
- 8 weeks of fresh and storage crops from weeks 1/1/17 through 2/19/17
- vegetables should include greens like arugula, spinach, mizuna, kale, collards, cabbage, napa cabbage, lettuce mix, chard, and beet greens; roots like carrots, turnips, beets, radishes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and kohlrabi; as well as storage crops like onions, garlic, and butternut; and freshly harvested alliums like chives, leeks, and scallions
- cold hardy vegetables grown inside of hoop house, high tunnel, and greenhouse
- weekly full shares ($240) and biweekly half shares ($130) available
- share distribution on Wednesdays 1-8pm
A variety of fall and winter roots are looking healthy above and below ground. Traditionally we remove their tops for distribution and storage. Left to right: scarlet queen red stem, des vertus marteau, and purple top turnips; alpine daikon, watermelon, bravo daikon, and green meat radishes.
Member Ideas and Suggestions
A Great Use for Holy Basil
By Linda Dansbury
Fellow member, Vallada Nikolayev sent me her recipe for a dish called Holy Basil Pesto with Ground Turkey
. The overall process and some of the ingredients are very similar to a Thai curry - only simpler to make. This will be an easy, fast and healthy week night dinner. Thank you Vallada for taking the time to send this interesting recipe.
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How I Enjoyed My Harvest
By Linda Dansbury
I did start to cook more this past week using both summer crops and newer fall items. Here is a sample of what I prepared:
- made the Pepper Puree
recipe that is on this site. I made 2 batches - one of which I added a hot pepper and the other without. I made it with hot peppers last year and it made a wonderful spread for sandwiches. This year I decided I wanted some that is mild also. It freezes great, but I did run out quickly because it is so delicious.
Tomatoes, onion, garlic, okra
- I made the Charred Okra and Tomato
recipe that Derek's family had sent in. Rather than a side dish, I made it into a meal by adding shrimp and making rice. It was really tasty.
Tomatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, parsley, butternut squash - I finally made the Fall Stew
that Tina Nightlinger sent in. We loved it! This recipe has a north African taste profile and is delicious and different from anything I have made. It is filling as is, and would also be great over some brown rice or other whole grain.
Today I plan to roast beets so I can make salads and pickle some beets too.
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This direct seeded arugula appreciated the rainfall and it appears that the weed seeds did also. Whenever the sun comes out again it will be time to cultivate.