November 2014: Last week of the CSA! Who can believe it? Thanks so much to all of our great members for your support. We feel good about the season which brought an unusual amount of bounty, for a very long season. We tried to give out as much produce as you could handle, hopefully you were able to use it all!
We received our first fall frost on Saturday night which is on the late end of when we usually expect it. The frost signals the end of the growing season for some things like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, peppers and squash as well as many weeds. It also helps to enhance the flavor of many other crops like kale, cabbage and carrots. When these plants get hit with frost they produce sugar to protect them from the winter weather. It is a real treat to have these vegetables harvested at this late stage of the season, instead of those from grocery stores, which are ripened in warmer growing regions and as a result don’t have as full flavor.
In looking at some of the vegetables we are giving over the past couple of weeks and thinking what went into successfully growing them we can’t help to feel thankful for a great season. The garlic you are receiving was planted last November and cultivated many times, then harvested in June, cured in July and August and stored in September. The leeks we sent out last week were started in February and transplanted out in early May. Many will be in the ground all winter and harvested for winter share all winter through, til next May. Kale was started in the greenhouse in July and planted in the field in early August. Carrots were direct seeded in July and kept weed free for months so that they could finally be an edible size now. Onions were started in the greenhouse in February, transplanted in April and then harvested in August and cured on drying racks and then moved to cold storage. Winter squash was started in the greenhouse in April, transplanted in May, harvested and cured in September and then stored earlier this month.
Past years have ended abruptly with hurricanes or nor’easters or both. We are thankful for a nice even growing season. Reflecting back allows us to celebrate in the success of the 2014 season and plan for next year. Sharing the story of a growing season with you is what makes us different from most farms. We hope these vegetables make it onto your family’s thanksgiving table and your own connection to our farm adds to your own Thanksgiving celebration!
We’re gearing up for winter shares! Don’t forget to sign up for winter shares at at Riverhead, Roslyn, Glendale, Bushwick, Williamsburg, or Kensington-Windsor-Terrace, till Nov 20. We are still looking for a Manhattan pick up location. Pick ups close Dec 1 and First pickup is Dec 7! http://www.farmigo.com/join/gardenofevefarm/winter2014-15
Returning member signups (with the usual returning member discount – you pay 2014 prices for 2015 shares!) will start soon – possibly as soon as next week online for most locations. You can get the returning member discount on your 2015 SUMMER SEASON vegetable share, combo, or vegeholic (there is no discount code for the winter share) by entering the discount code “RETURN WEEKLY” for a weekly/full share, and “RETURN BIWEEKLY” for the biweekly share (other share types had no or minimal cost increases so there is no discount).
See you next year! (or in December!)