Farmer’s Note, week 20

Dear CSA Member.

When the week number starts to be in the 20’s we are very near the end of our season.  The weather is colder, wetter and everything is full of color.  The fall greens love the cold and you will notice that the colors and flavors are enhanced when the vegetables have been touched by a frost.  Hopefully the snow will stay away for a bit longer.  I remember years when we had to pick carrots in the snow and it is not easy.

Everyone that works on the farm has put in an extraordinary effort this season.  It was the hottest and driest on record.  Fall crops are generally planted late May to early June. To keep the fall greens growing through the summer and into the fall has taken much skill and time.  We did not have a drop of rain this entire summer so the only way the fall crops were to survive was with irrigation.  We do not have enough pipe, drip tape or even reserve of water in a drought to water the entire garden at once.  Each day a portion of the fields would be watered.  The next morning the pipes would be taken apart, moved and re-assembled in the next area.  By the time the irrigation made its way back to the beginning you could almost see the plants begging for water.

The time and effort have paid off and now with the rain and cold the fall crops are coming into their peak.  Many of the fields have a cover crop of winter rye that also flourishes with the cold and rain.

Just a note, there is only Grade B Maple Syrup remaining and supplies of both Honey and Maple are getting very low.  If you would like to place an order for honey, maple or coffee, please go to the farm website, download the order form from the listing for Honey and Maple or Coffee and send it to the farm .

Enjoy the vegetables-

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

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