You-choose CSA – October 16!

Hello!

Things are looking okay after Michael this week. We got really, really lucky. Lots of farms near us lost power, many had trees come down on fences and driveways, and many people’s crops were damaged. Some of our plants took a beating, and some have damage from the heavy rain, but all in all things look pretty good, and we’re really thankful that we still most of our veggies. Back on the list this week is pea shoots, and we also now have Hakurei salad turnips, a mild, tasty addition to salads or with sauces or dips, though they get quite pungent if you cook them. We still luckily have summer crops including nice peppers and eggplant, and we’ll see how long the frost holds off and we can keep harvesting them. At the beginning and end of each season I start to obsessively watch the weather forecast looking for when the last or first frost will come. On the 18th the forecast says the lo will just dip into the 30s. Sunday night it currently says 35. I have a theory that more than five days out they revert to just projecting whatever the historical mean is, and this is right around when we would typically get the first light frost. Where our farm is in Bahama it averages 5 – 10 degrees colder some nights than the surrounding area, so generally any forecast below 39 usually means we’ll get a frost. We’ll be watching, and this week we’re setting up all of our row covers to keep the plants safe when it comes!

You-choose CSA – October 16
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You-choose CSA – October 9!

It’s hard to believe we’re approaching mid-October already. The average first frost in North Carolina is usually about a little more than a week from now. A few days ago the 10-day forecast was only showing some lows barely below 60. Now all of the sudden they’re forecasting lows in the low to mid-40s at the end of the week, and it looks like we might have a really fast transition from hot summer weather to cooler fall weather, and we’re going to need to start covering the greens to protect them from the frost. We got all of the remaining sweet potatoes out of the ground this past week, and probably harvest 2500 – 3000 lbs total. So we’ll definitely be giving you all many extra sweet potatoes in the final CSA delivery before Thanksgiving, but you shouldn’t be shy about asking for them in boxes before then if you love sweet potatoes. The greens are all looking really good now, and we have a ton of varieties of lettuces, the kale is looking great, and we have a ton of really ripe sweet peppers thanks to the hot, sunny days we’ve been having!

You-choose CSA – October 9
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You-choose CSA – October 2!

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We finally have a much wider array of fall produce this week, including cilantro, radishes, and a variety of salad greens, as well as bunches of spicy mustard greens. We have a new round of pea shoots and sunflower shoots available as well. The only things to go off the list from last week are yellow onions and okra. The okra got really battered from the weather the weekend Florence passed by, and though it’s recovered a little it’s been producing very little.

We will hopefully have more new greens on the list next week!

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You-choose CSA – September 25!

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New on the list this week is pea shoots and sunflower shoots. If you’re new to these shoots, they’re both edible fresh, including the stems and tendrils. They’re a tasty snack on their own, and also make a great addition to salads, stir fries, or as a garnish on pasta or really any other dish combination you’re curious to try. They’re packed with nutrients, and the pea shoots have a much milder, sweeter flavor, while the sunflower shoots have a strong, nutty flavor. You can read more about pea shoots here.

Otherwise the list looks the same as last week. We are watching the fall crops grow everyday. They were growing incredibly fast last week, but the recent cloudy weather has slowed them down. The baby arugula, bok choy, mustard greens, and kale are all on the cusp of being ready, and should all be on the list next week.

You-choose CSA – September 25
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You-choose CSA – September 18 (First fall CSA)!!!

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It’s been a busy few weeks for us making preparations for the fall: we have most of the fall transplants in the ground, our first round of direct seeded salad greens are coming along nicely and should be ready in a week or two, and we’re continuing our experimentation with pea & sunflower shoots. If the current batch of shoots goes well, then we’ll have some in next week’s box. We’ve also had a series of ordeals with pest security. A severe lightning storm knocked out our deer fence charger several weeks ago. We replaced it relatively quickly, but it was amazing to see how almost immediately after the fence was no longer electrified, deer started getting through the fence to browse on our pepper plants and chomp the tender, young, fall transplants. We simultaneously were waging a prolonged war with some groundhogs that had moved into several far flung corners of our field. We think we’ve won both of these battles — fingers crossed — and haven’t seen signs of either deer or groundhog in the past week, so hopefully the fall veggies can grow in peace. And we really lucked out this weekend with Florence mostly missing us. We had some minor flooding in the field, but other than roughing up our huge okra plants I don’t think it did any crop damage, so that is a huge relief!

Right now the list of available produce looks much as it did at the end of the summer, with the significant addition of sweet potatoes. We’ve also added Long Island Cheese Pumpkins which can be used for both the seeds and the flesh like a pie pumpkin, and can be roasted, steamed, boiled, eaten with or without the skin, and are great in both savory and sweet dishes. In the next couple of weeks we should start harvesting bok choy, arugula, lettuces, baby kale, radishes, and after that a wider variety of greens and roots. And hopefully the peppers, okra, and eggplant will continue to provide us with a taste of summer until the first frosts arrive in October. One item on the list that you might want to learn more about is sweet potato greens. Not very many people eat sweet potato greens in our culture, though they’ve long been a traditional green in Asia and Africa, and are a great source of vitamin K and vitamin A. You can find a list of culinary ideas at on Epicurious.

You-choose CSA – September 18 (First fall CSA!)
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You-choose CSA – August 28 – post-summer make up delivery!

Hey all,

We’re getting ready for fall, and doing one last delivery after the main summer delivery to make up for folks who missed a box during the spring or summer. We’ve got a few herbs back on the list this week, but otherwise everything is pretty much the same until we get all the greens and roots ready for the fall. Stay tuned, we should recommence deliveries in 3 weeks!

You-choose CSA – August 28
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You-choose CSA – August 21!

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The sweet peppers are doing better than ever, and last week we had the largest sweet pepper harvest the farm has ever had. Peppers tend to like the warm, typically drier weather we often get in late summer and early fall, so hopefully after all of these storms it will dry out again, and we’ll continue to have sweet peppers in addition to all of our greens, roots, and herbs when the fall CSA starts up in mid-late September.

New on the list this week is green garlic, something we’ve previously only grown in the spring. This is the last official Summer CSA delivery. If you missed a week, or started the CSA a week late this year, then you’ll receive an email next weekend for a make up delivery next Tuesday.

You-choose CSA – August 21
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You-choose CSA – August 14!

Hello all,

This is the second to last week of CSA deliveries before we take our customary 2 – 3 week break to get all of the fall plants in the ground and just get our heads back on straight after a whirlwind spring and summer. We still have an great selection of peppers and eggplant. As you’ve been hearing from me non-stop for the last couple of weeks, the tomatoes ended early this year, but a couple of plants here and there surprise us with a few new ones every once in a while, so if you would really like tomatoes, go ahead and pick all of your choices as you normally would, and let me know in the comments that you’d like tomatoes if we have them, and I’ll see what we can do! We are really looking forward to fall and the return of all of our greens and roots. Thank you!!!

You-choose CSA – August 14
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You-choose CSA – Week 16!

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Though we’ve had incredible amounts of rain over the last couple of weeks it’s finally drying out a little, and we’re putting cherry tomatoes back on the list as they’re no long all splitting and rotting on the vine. We’ve unfortunately had to take all the basil off the list, also due to the wet weather which causes a terrible fungus called basil downy mildew. The sweet peppers and eggplant continue to look really good, and it’s possible we’ll have cucumbers back on the list soon.

You-choose CSA – August 7
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You-choose CSA – Week 15!

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New on the list this week is okra! We have red and green okra, which are pretty similar in flavor. The green okra is a little behind the red, so right now it’s just a mix, but in the coming weeks you’ll have your pick of color. We also have a new batch of cucumbers and summer squash that are almost ready, and so hopefully they’ll appear on the list in a week or two.

Sad news on the tomato front: most of the tomatoes are really slowing down, and the heavy rain this week means we probably won’t have any for delivery on Tuesday. The one exception is the Romas, which hold up better in the rain, and they store longer, so we should be good on those for this week and hopefully for a few more weeks. We should have other cherry tomatoes back on the list assuming it dries out, but right now they’re all splitting and going bad on the vines from too much water.

The peppers are looking good, and the eggplant are just getting started so we should have tons of eggplant in the weeks to come, and we’ll hopefully have some greens back on the list by late August — definitely by September!

You-choose CSA – July 31
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