You-choose CSA – Week 5!

Hello!

New on the list this week: garlic scapes, sugarsnap peas, daikon radishes, and fennel! We have two successions of sugarsnaps in the field right now, and the first one is just starting to put on a lot of peas, so hopefully we’ll have them for a good while. The favas just started producing a lot at the end of the week, and usually do well for 2 – 3 weeks, and we also have several successions of fennel in the field so we may have that for a while as well. The spinach is totally bolted, and we probably won’t have anymore until fall, and the same goes for the cilantro which is too bad. We usually have cilantro well into June and aren’t 100% sure why it bolted so early, though the weather in the 90s last week probably didn’t help.

Most of the other greens are still looking good, and the strawberries are not thrilled with first the crazy heat, and now the endless rain, but there are still berries for the time being. There is still some arugula, but much of it has bolted as well. The good news is we seeded a bunch more right before all the rain came, so we should have another first cutting in 2 -3 weeks! The field is looking really good. We were behind on our summer planting, and now we’re nearly caught up after planting a ton of squash, melons, cucumbers, peppers, and eggplant over the last few weeks. We’ll be planting sweet corn, basil, and okra this week, and hopefully be harvesting zucchini and cucumbers before the spring CSA ends!

You-choose CSA – May 22, 2018
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You-choose CSA – Week 4!

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There are more strawberries this week, and enough blossoms on the plants that I’m hoping we’ll get at least one more week out of them. With the cooler weather forecast for most of the week, they should continue to put on blossoms, and as long as we don’t get too much rain we should have good fruit ripening for the next couple of weeks!

New on the list this week are Hakurei salad turnips, fava beans, kohlrabi, a few lettuces, and classic round red radishes. We’re continuing to plant more summer crops, and will hopefully be all cut up by the end of the week, with the rest of the melons, winter and summer squash, and eggplant and peppers that are still in the greenhouse all in the ground. Everything in the field is growing so fast we can barely keep up with harvesting the greens and weeding the weeds! We are starting to organize some volunteer work days, and if any of you are interested in coming out either on a Sunday, or one day during the week, let me know and we’ll add you to the volunteer email list!

You-choose CSA – May 15, 2018
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You-choose CSA – Week 3!

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The strawberries continue to ripen, and they are the best flavor yet this week after such sunny, warm weather. New on the list this week is some new lettuces, red radishes, green onions, beets, and cilantro. The kohlrabi will be ready next week, and soon we should have salad turnips and sugar snap peas!

We planted all of the tomatoes this past week — about a thousand plants — and we’ll plant a few hundred more in late June to hopefully get some late summer/early fall tomatoes. This upcoming week will see us plant the cucumbers, melons, summer squash, and winter squash. We’re growing a ton of pumpkins, butternut, spaghetti, and delicata squash, and with our new weed control system we’re hoping for higher yields than in past years.

You-choose CSA – May 8, 2018
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You-choose CSA – Week 2!

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The strawberries are getting sweeter as the field dries out and the days heat up. We have a lot of strawberries this week! And more and more crops are ready for harvest including new herbs, radishes, and greens. The beets are nearly ready, the sugar snap peas are looking really good, and pretty soon we’ll also have salad turnips, kohlrabi, and soon after broccoli and cauliflower. This week we’re planting tomatoes, squash, and hopefully melons as well!

You-choose CSA – May 1, 2018
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First 2018 you-choose CSA!

We’re back!!!

Though we had some really nice warm weather at the beginning of February, this winter has kept coming back with more cold weather, and I think we had the last frost only at the end of this last week. Plants have been waiting for the soil to warm up to really start growing, and it’s only been in the last week that everything has really exploded. We’ve started having ripe strawberries over a week ago, but then when it cooled down again the berries decided to wait. Still, it looks like we’re about to have our first big harvest, and that’s a week or two earlier than we usually start harvesting strawberries.

We are behind on emails and CSA communications, but at least we have something to show for it! We built a new packing shed this winter, and the field is more ready for summer than we ever have been at this date in past years. The field is looking good, and we should soon have beets, turnips, herbs, and more to add to the you-choose list!

You-choose CSA – April 24, 2018
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You-choose CSA – Week 27!

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There are some new lettuce and beet options this week, and also potentially broccoli. The broccoli has been really slow to mature this fall. We’re not sure why, but it looks like after tonight it should be warm for the rest of the week, so hopefully it still has plenty of time to mature. If you pick broccoli, please indicate a back up in case it’s not ready. We don’t expect the okra to survive the frost we expect to get tonight, but we’ve gone ahead and harvested all of the remaining green peppers and eggplant in anticipation of a killing frost, so peppers are back on the list this week. It’s been a great year, and we have been so happy to have you all as a part of the CSA. We had a bumper crop of sweet potatoes this fall, and we’re going to put extra sweet potatoes in everyone’s box this week, so don’t pick sweet potatoes! If you don’t like them, give them to a family member or friend for Thanksgiving! Or if you don’t know anyone who likes them, then you can let us know and we’ll hold you sweet potatoes. Thank you for supporting the farm. Your support is helping us to continue to grow each year, providing more awesome, tasty, healthy food to more people, for longer periods of the year, each and every year. We’re already excited for 2018, and planning for it to be our biggest year yet!!!

You-choose CSA – Week 27
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You-choose CSA – Week 26!

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New on the list is green cabbage and cauliflower! The Cauliflower is just coming in, and unfortunately the broccoli is taking longer than ever. Hopefully it will be ready in time for next week. We got lucky with avoiding a real frost this past week, and still have eggplant and okra on the list. A farm we sell with at the South Durham market lost their okra Tuesday night, and they’re just a short drive from us. It looks like another frost isn’t coming for maybe a week, but this time of year the forecast can change quickly, and so we’re preparing by getting ready to cover all of the fall plants in the field.

You-choose CSA – Week 26
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You-choose CSA – Week 25!

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New on the list this week are parsley, dill, beets, and red curly kale (tastes just like the green kale, but is super pretty)! We’re still waiting on the broccoli and cauliflower, but hopefully they’ll be ready real soon, and though it’s dipping down into the 30s one night week, if the frost holds off just a little longer they should do great. The beets are looking great, and we should have gold and Chiogga beets appearing on the list next week as well. We’re continuing to watch the strawberry plants we put in the ground last month grow, and are planting garlic this week. We’re also continuing to clean up the field for the summer, and beginning a few winter projects early, including planning to build a new washing/packing shed!

You-choose CSA – Week 25
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You-choose CSA – Week 24!

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The list is pretty similar to last week, with all of the green still looking great. The main new addition is carrots, which are still on the small side but looking good. And our sad pepper plants have made a little bit of a recovery, and we have small to medium size green bell peppers on the list. Hopefully there will be more herbs, broccoli, cauliflower, and beets before the end of the month!

You-choose CSA – Week 24
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You-choose CSA – Week 23!

Hey all,

The greens are really growing and looking good. This week we’ve got amazing, tender arugula, good lettuces, and the greens in the mesclun mix are all nice and tender as well. New on the list this week, we also have Swiss chard, kohlrabi, and shishito peppers. We tried to do a late planting of cucumbers, which are actually looking surprisingly good considering how late in the season it is, but I think with this colder weather that’s just come in, we may have missed the window for fall cucumbers. Next year we might try again under plastic tunnels to get a really late round of tomatoes and cucumbers. This week we’re continuing to clean up the summer beds, taking down the tomato trellising, and hopefully getting more late fall/winter greens and roots seeded!

You-choose CSA – Week 23
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