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November 11, 2019
Late Fall is Underway!
Notes From The Field
by Farmer Derek

Marveled at the leaf size of the tender arugula growing in the Hoop House.
Welcome to the 8th annual Late Fall CSA! We're excited to embark on this new season and share the farm's produce with you. Overall Mother Nature treated us much better this year than last so we're looking forward to a good and varied bounty during the next couple of months. Outside grown crops yielded just about perfectly this late summer and fall. Inside our various tunnels where we'll be harvesting salad and tender greens through the New Year we're pleased to report the rather predictable success and health of those crops (thanks to variable control). Barring too many successive days/nights below freezing we should have some wonderful cooking greens throughout the Late Fall as well, including kale, collards, cabbage, and napa cabbage. A plethora of roots and tubers will round out shares giving you ample opportunity for some wonderful soups and roasts. Thank you for joining us!
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November 11, 2019
Commence the Late Fall!
Expected Harvest
by Farmer Dana

There's some beautiful big tender arugula coming out of the Hoop House this week! Here we're removing the inner cover from the low hoops during this brief warm up. This cover goes on crops when temperature lows are forecast below 25 degrees. Outside it dropped to 19 Saturday morning. Inside it stayed above freezing.
Late Fall Harvest #1 (Week A) should include potatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, kale, arugula, radicchio, cabbage, napa/chinese cabbage, rosemary, and some roots like hakurei turnips, kohlrabi, celeriac, radishes, and beets. Herbs will be available for u-pick.
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November 11, 2019
Late Fall Pick Up Information
Other News
by Farmer Dana

Harvesting napa/chinese cabbage prior to last Friday night's sudden deep freeze.
  • Log in here to view your pick up day and balance.
  • The Late Fall CSA begins this week for Full, Medium, and Half Share Week A members. Week B members start next week.
  • Pick up days are typically Wednesday 1-8pm and Saturday 11am-1pm. However,
    • During the week of Thanksgiving, Late Fall Harvest Week #3, Wednesday's pick up will take place on Tuesday, November 26th to accommodate travelers and holiday schedules.
    • During the week of Christmas, Late Fall Harvest Week #7, Wednesday's pick up will take place on Thursday, December 26th.
  • You can temporarily switch your pick up day/week be notifying us by 5pm Sunday prior to your pick up day/week. If you miss your pick up we will contact you to reschedule.
  • Bring your own bags to collect the produce.
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November 3, 2019
Main Season Completion
Notes From The Field
by Farmer Derek

Beautiful falls at Ringing Rocks County Park.
The final week of the 2019 Main Season CSA is upon us! Thank you for joining us on this half-year-long adventure. Twenty-six weeks is a lengthy commitment and we appreciate you partaking in this long ride. Every growing season seems to contain its own unique trials and tribulations, successes and failures, highs and lows, etc. I'm not yet sure yet 2019 will be characterized by. Whereas 2018 is remembered as the wettest season on record, 2019 wasn't quite so extreme. We did endure some wet times and some dry times, but overall this season feels like a good one. Most crops performed well. There were some major disappointments (peas) but many successes. Through it all we hope you enjoyed the produce we provided to you. We hope that by being part of Community Supported Agriculture you find a deeper connection to the food you eat and therefore a deeper connection to a community, an ecology, and a kitchen. We might not be farmers if it wasn't for CSA; good community vibes were a big contributor to our desire to take this path 13 years ago. Pure healthy food and a clean environment pulled us fully in this direction and we are glad we embarked on this trajectory. We look forward to sharing this future with you.

So long, farewell, happy winter, and see you in the spring (if not before)!
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November 3, 2019
Edible Finale
Expected Harvest
by Farmer Dana

Farm crew members Craig, Haley, Jacob harvesting parsley last week amidst a fairly intense unintentional chickweed cover crop. Lettuce mix and two radicchio varieties stand out.
Harvest #26 (Week B) should include sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, bok choy, head lettuce, lettuce mix, arugula, endive, radicchio, cabbage (napa/green/red), carrots, hakurei turnips, celeriac, kohlrabi, kale, and collards. Some items will be a choice. Due to frosty low early morning temperatures there's a good chance the greens available in the pick up room will vary slightly but overall there will be a good supply of salad and cooking greens for sure.
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November 3, 2019
Season's Final Workshifts
Other News
by Farmer Derek

Praying mantis enjoying some midday warmth.
Workshifts scheduled for this week:
  • Tuesday (11/5) 9-11am & 1-3pm
  • Wednesday (11/6) 9-11am & 1-3pm
Workshift sign-up instructions may be found here. Calendar is here. Member Work Guidelines are here.
If you still need to complete your pledged farm labor hours for your share discount please join us this week if your schedule allows. 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. As a reminder, the pledged hours you work qualify for a $15/hour discount. If you're unable to work this week, can you remit payment for the balance of your share?
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November 3, 2019
Registration Open for 2019 Late Fall and Main Season 2020
Other News
by Farmer Dana

Now regularly occurring, the season's first widespread frost was received over the weekend.
Registration is now open for the 2020 Main Season CSA and the 2019 Late Fall CSA.
Log in here to join either or both seasons.
For additional Late Fall CSA information follow this link. This season begins in 1.5 weeks for Full, Medium, and Week A Half Shares!
Main Season 2020 will mimic 2019 except it will be even better! That's our goal anyway. Mother Nature promises to oblige. Prices, pick up days/times, share sizes, etc. all remain the same.
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