Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday September 1st, 2004
Hello again. Well, we have a little dip in produce this week. As some of you may remember I mentioned this phenomenon at the core group meeting this winter. The phenomenon being that for some reason I always have a dip in production in September. It frustrates me terribly, as I feel it happens to the farm every year. I mentioned it at the meeting this winter in order to let members know I will try to do something about it. Unfortunately, despite me best efforts, we are seeing it again this season. The main reason for the dip is that most of the early fall crops planted and planned for harvest at this time, and in this month, have not faired well enough to survive to maturity. The cause being an excess amount of rain and wetness in the area they were planted in, and an excess amount of weeds to boot. Three things give me comfort though, despite this disappointment. First, I feel that the all of the previous weeks this season have been decent if not good, and that this being the first dip in harvest, simply adds to the average all the week's of the season inevitably brings. Second, the fall transplants in the ground now look great, and I have no cause to fear for their lives at present. This means that in a few weeks we should be able to enjoy kale, collards, broccoli and the like. Lastly, I am very happy about the fact that both the second and third plantings of tomatoes are booming at this point, leaving us with the biggest harvest yet this week in tomatoes for the season. I hope the increase in the amount of tomatoes members receive this week is a pleasant surprise....or could anyone tire of local fresh tomatoes?
So I assume you all received the group email from the farm explaining the winter CSA program. I have also enclosed a copy of the availability sheet in this weeks boxes for any member who was unable to open the attachment sent via email. I will only be taking on 5 full share members for this first season. The small numbers represents the fact that this endeavor is very new and unknown to me. I feel confident that with such a small group to please, that pleasure will be attained. I am excited myself at the prospect of my household having winter produce at its reach. Last winter I was craving fresh greens but could not bring myself to buy the meager looking samples in the store. I will entertain interest for a few weeks, but then choose five members on a few criteria. I would ideally like it if all the members taking part in the winter program all lived in the same town, so then I could have easy delivery to each house and thus skip a drop off point. I would like to give preference to those who have been a part of the CSA program for the most years, but also as a first come first serve basis. So, all said, if you are interested please send me an email and let me know. Also, if you are not interested in this season's CSA, but would be interested in a half share winter share for future seasons, let me know. I will only do the winter shares if the interest is out there.
Most of you have received a bright orange winter squash in your shares this week. Others have received a Butternut. I wanted to explain what the bright orange mystery is, and also that those that did not receive it this week, will receive it next. The mystery squash is a Buttercup or also called Kubocha variety of winter squash. The name of this specific variety is Sunshine. The squash is edible, not only ornamental, and quite tasty. You can cook it just as you would any other winter squash. Bake it or boil it, until soft enough to eat. The flesh is very fine giving it a creamy sort of texture. It is also very sweet and pretty, as the flesh is the same color as the outside skin. Remember, once again, that winter squash holds for quite some time, months to be more exact. So, if you find it too pretty to consume, you may set it up ornamentally to admire for some time. Once again, please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions. My best, Elise.
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