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

Hello!

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!

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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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You-choose CSA – Week 14!

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This may be the last week of heirloom tomatoes. We have plenty that we managed to harvest, but with all of the rain in the forecast and the way the plants were suffering after the rains in June, they are probably on their last legs. We’re hoping to continue to get slicer tomatoes, Romas, and cherry tomatoes for a few more weeks, and hopefully we’ll have more melons on the list soon too. The okra is also coming along, and we should have tons for next week!

You-choose CSA – July 24
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You-choose CSA – Week 13!

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The cucumbers and squash are slowing down. We have more plantings that are developing, but in the meantime the supply is dwindling and instead of offering a bunch of varieties to choose from, you’ll get a medley if you select them. Eggplant and peppers are both picking up steam though, and you’ll notice you have more options to choose from for both of those categories! I’m also sad to report that we’ve just begun what is becoming an annual summer tradition struggling to expel groundhogs from our field. They’ve moved in over the last couple of weeks and have really gone to town on the pumpkins and melons. We had the best winter squash harvest ever over the last couple of weeks, but I noticed that there were far fewer pumpkins than I expected. It seemed like there were fewer pumpkins than I had seen growing on the plants just a few weeks before that. A hike through some weedy spots nearby in the remains of the sugarsnap peas from the spring revealed the groundhog burrow. And as soon as we harvested the pumpkins that were left, they moved on to the melons. The good news is if we can persuade them to leave the field, there is an even larger planting of melons than the first planting that should be ready by early August, so keep your fingers crossed!

You-choose CSA – July 17
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You-choose CSA – Week 12!

Hey all,

New on the list this week is a Korean melon called Sun Jewel. The texture is crisp, and the flavor is mild and sweet. We’ve also started harvesting the winter squash, and we have lots! This is the earliest in the year we’ve ever started harvesting them, and we have butternuts, delicata, and dumpling, and more varieties on the way! Thai basil is also new on the list this week, and there are still tons of tomatoes. The peppers are just starting to sweeten and color, so hopefully we’ll have lots of peppers coming up soon!

You-choose CSA – July 10
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You-choose CSA – Week 11!

Hi all,

The cantaloupe, heirloom & Roma tomatoes, and basil are all finally ready. The squash and cucumbers are slowing down, but we should still have a decent amount this week, and new plantings are starting to grow. Lettuce and arugula are finally off the list for the first time since spring, and probably won’t be back til late August or September. We are adding a green succulent to the list called Purslane. It has a mild, tangy almost lemony flavor, and sometimes is a little bitter, and both the leaves and stem are edible. It can be eaten fresh with other greens, or sauteed. It’s incredibly rich in nutrients including various minerals and Omega fatty acids, and might be worth trying if your a greens lover who misses fresh lettuces in the North Carolina summers.

We’re growing a wide variety of cherry tomatoes this year. Sungolds are the sweetest and most popular, and he medley has a fun mix of cherry & grape tomatoes with a wide range of color and flavor.

You-choose CSA – July 3, 2018
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