Tuesday, August 20, 2013

9th CSA Week

This week marks the half way point of the CSA season for the 2013 season.  It's hard to believe we are at the half way point already!! 

That chill in the air in the mornings and evenings sure is a reminder that fall is just around the corner.  Even though it was a late start to the growing season some crops are at least two weeks ahead of normal.  We have tonnes of winter squash close to ripe, leeks which are bursting from the soil and storage onions are needing to get pulled. 

This weeks large share has carrots, beans (yellow and green), broccoli and cauliflower, red and white onions, zucchinis, cucumbers, celery, kale or collards or swiss chard, garlic, tomatoes, leeks and a lettuce head.  The grab boxes had lettuce mix, cabbage, dill, cilantro, basil, summer savoury, sage, hot peppers, green tomatoes, parsley and green onions and of course more of the above mentioned veggies.  

We got the first of the storage onions out of the field yesterday and they are all spread out inside the new building to cure.  A little over 1000 bulbs for this first variety.  Still 3-4 more varieties left to be pulled.  Their tops are still standing up so we will wait till they begin to fall over before we pull them.  The shallots are all falling over now so they will be pulled next. 

Onions pulled to dry in the sun for 2-3 days and then into the shade so they don't sunburn
Norstar onions just in from the field.  Derek built a nice little drying rack for the onions to cure on

Carrot sales are rocking right now for restaurants!!

Week #9 rockstars!!

Celery, I like to call it cooking celery as it can be a bit stronger flavour and more tough than regular grocery store varieties.  Awesome in stews, soups or casseroles.  I love adding it to my salsa
Leeks.  Yummy!!  Every year I say I'm going to hill the leeks to get that nice white shank but yet again as you can see, it didn't happen!!

And there you have it, the new barn is totally finished on the outside.  Awesome

Derek's on the roof checking out the finished product.
I got another round of planting done yesterday including spinach, lettuce mix, beet greens, hakurei turnips, radish, tatsoi, arugula, purple mizuna, bokchoi and spicy mustards.  It would be really great to get some rain in the near future to help those seeds to germinate.  Enjoy your veggies :)

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