Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Veggie CSA Week #20

This is the last week we will be delivering CSA boxes. Thanks so much for a great season!

Half Shares:

Turnips - 1 bunch
Spicy Greens Mix - 1/4 pound
Eggplant - 1/2 pound
Melon (Carrboro/Farm) - 1
Melon OR Winter Squash OR Bok Choy (RTI/Durham - 1
Peppers - 1 pound

Full Shares:

Turnips - 1 bunch
Spicy Greens Mix - 1/2 pound
Bok Choy - 1 bunch
Radishes - 1 bunch
Cilantro - 1 bunch
Peppers - 2 pounds
Basil - 1/4 pound

It's always interesting to me how the CSA boxes come full circle through the course of the season. We started with turnips and greens, and always manage to re-introduce these guys in the last few weeks. It is always a relief to me to see their return, because it is a sign of cooler days. Hopefully, those cooler days will show up soon! Needless to say, this hot hot summer has left us pretty depleted at this point. The fall greens are struggling under the stress of the heat/lack of rain, and are falling prey to various bugs.... it seems appropriate that our CSA delivery season is ending. We will now concentrate on getting the farm ready for next year. We will be taking down all the trellis, pulling up landscape fabric (used for weed control), mowing the sad summer crops, and planting cover crops to keep our soil where it is through the winter. We're hoping for a little taste of hurricane season (really, just a few inches of rain, no wind or other nasty hurricane potentials) to help get the cover crop seed to germinate nicely.

Once again, we thank you very much for your enthusiasm and support of our CSA. Every year, our farm faces new challenges, successes, failures, and surprises, and I do feel it is quite important for you to share those us. We always enjoy getting to know you all throughout the season, and we will miss you during the winter months.

Thanks for a great season,
Brian, Joann & Mark,
The Castlemaine Crew