August 10 2011, Week 17

Hello Folks!  Yippie!!  That’s what I had to say this morning when I checked the WRAL weather report for the week.  95 today, which after what we have been through, isn’t really that bad, then way down to 90 and even 87 in about 4 days!!!  It should actually get below 70 at night….sheesh, feels kinda like Fall.  The 100+ degree days were good for making anything below that, even slightly, feel welcome.  But 87 degrees!  Now that’s just a treat. 

With this weather we will be able to really get some work done, like cleaning up the crops gone by.  We need to take down tomato trellising, pull up ground covers and irrigation.  When it is all said and done, there actually isn’t much left in the ground this time of year.  With three weeks left of the CSA, and storage crops like potatoes, onions, winter squash and sweet potatoes to give, we are not relying on the crops straight from the fields as much.  I do grow a small plot of fall crops for late September and October to sell at the Carrboro Saturday Market.  For those of you who are craving greens, you should start seeing them at market again in mid September.  The cooler weather is indeed what they need.  For those of you who are interested in a Fall CSA program, let me know.  Beth, who has been working with me for four years now, is continuing her twenty member fall CSA program (for Carrboro and Chapel Hill) again this year. 

This week’s share:
Potatoes:  They will store a while.  Put them in the refrigerator, in the brown bag, unwashed, in the hydrator drawer for maximum storage……like a couple of months.
Onions:  They will store too!  Keep them on the counter, in a bowl (they are so pretty!).  Anywhere really but not in the refrigerator or in a humid location. They should store a couple of months also.
Tomatoes:  They will not store, take them out of the bag, put them on the counter, and enjoy!
Basil, Eggplant and Summer Squash:  In the plastic bag in the hydrator drawer for maximum storage.

Hope you all have a good week of eating yummy food.  Let me know if you have any questions, thoughts or concerns.  I love to hear from you.  Elise.

What's in the box?

Full Share
Crop Amount  

Potatoes    3lb.
Onions      Three
Tomatoes  4 lb.
Sungolds   One pint
Basil         1/8 lb.
Summer Squash  1.5-2 lb.

Half Share
Crop Amount  

Potatoes    2lb.
Onions      Two
Tomatoes  2lb.
Basil         1/8 lb.
Eggplant   Two small