Farm News – October 12, 2020

Circle Brook Farm
Circle Brook Farm

Hello Folks, the weather has been copacetic this past week – one cold night but no frost.  We are currently getting some rain, but it is not expected to be excessive.  We are still waiting for a large planting of string beans to size up.  They are growing very slowly but we should have enough for some groups this week and for the rest by next week.  This will be the gasp for the summer vegetables.

For the rest of the season we will be depending on tubers, root crops, brassicas, winter squash and the hardy greens – spinach, chard, and mustard greens like arugula and broccoli raab.  It’s soup weather and many of these items are great soup ingredients.  If you are unsure what to do with beets, I suggest searching for a hardy borsch recipe which will include cabbage and sometimes potatoes (you can add other greens as well).  The beets will come with greens this time, which are edible and very nutritious.  If you are not going to use the beets promptly you should cut off the tops so that they do not pull the moisture out of the root.  We are also sending some ornamental gourds for your visual pleasure – do not try to cook them!

Thanks to those who came out to lend a hand with the harvest. It was a big help. I hope to meet more of you over the next 2 Sundays.

The share for this week will be:  Lettuce, potatoes, delicata squash, tatsoi, broccoli raab, broccoli or cauliflower or cabbage, bok choy, beets, ornamental gourds, and an herb (parsley, cilantro, or dill).  Premium shares will receive either a shell bean (Vermont cranbury or French flageolet) or a few ears of corn.

The fruit share for this week will be:  Cortland apples and bosc pears.

Bon Appetit!   Farmer John

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