CSA Week 16: August's Final Week
Expected Harvest
Welcome Changes
by Farmer Dana

Second round of tomatoes are starting to ripen!
Harvest #16 (Week B) should include winter squash, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, scallions, garlic, sweet peppers, hot peppers, okra, eggplant, Italian dandelion, Swiss chard, kale, and rosemary. U-pick should include edamame, snap beans, tomatoes (cherry, plum, grape), flowers, and herbs.

Another pleasing image of winter squash curing in the greenhouse. Hoping for better curing and storage success this season.
Notes From The Field
End of Summertime for Some
by Farmer Derek

Chisel plowing after spreading compost on ground where early potatoes were grown in preparation for a cover crop.
It's the end of August. Summer ends for meteorologists and those going back to school. Summer on the farm is waning but won't end here until we decide it does, or the Fall Equinox rolls around, or tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant officially wrap up, whichever is first. We are moving away from summer staples and welcoming crops more associated with fall. A nice quality of eating seasonally is the continued change in meals as new produce ripens according to the local climate. Greens, potatoes, and winter squash and soon leeks, celeriac, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower will grace our tables.

Lightning striking the ocean as a storm rolled off the coast south of us (at a safe distance).
Your CSA farmers took a break and skedaddled from the farm for a very long weekend at the North Carolina shore with extended family. It was our first legit break since perhaps February. I've been working 7 days a week since early May and needed something hopefully rejuvenating. Getting off the farm is a great way for me to spend quality time with the family. When we're at the farm I can't take a full mental and physical break during the main growing season due to the plethora of physical farm tasks to do and organize as well as maintaining membership administration. Abstaining from screen time during this outing also helped temporarily sever ties to work (I highly recommend disconnecting once in a while). But now we're back and are totally excited to finish out the season on a positive note, working our hardest to grow great organic produce for the next 11 weeks of the Main Season.

Atlantic Ghost Crab.
Workshifts for Week of 8/26/19
by Farmer Derek

A local bumblebee collecting nectar and pollen from one of our sunflowers.
Workshifts scheduled for this week:
  • Tuesday (8/27) 9-11am
  • Wednesday (8/28) 9-11am
  • Friday (8/30) 9-11am
  • Sunday (9/1) 8-10am
Workshift sign-up instructions may be found here. Calendar is here. Member Work Guidelines are here.
If it is actively raining during the time of the shift it will be canceled.
We're into the final quarter of the workshift season! Work opportunities will last for another 1.5 months or so but frequency will decrease as we approach and are in Fall/Autumn.
If you still need to complete your pledged farm labor hours for your share discount please sign up soon. Alternatively, if you'd rather pay the full amount for your farm share that is fine, just send us a check to cover the workshift hours.