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    Tuesday
    Sep202011

    signs of fall

    Yesterday, it was hard not to think "fall" on the farm. We spent the morning pulling nearly 600 pounds of sweet potatoes out of the ground and the afternoon sowing the final seeds of the season.

    Like last year's crop, the sweet potatoes harvested came in a wide array of shapes and sizes. Here, Nate and Busy, one of our Buttercup hens, get to work at the beginning of the row:

    The chickens actually like to follow us as we clear the potato rows and do their own form of clean-up -- dining on the worms and grubs that live beneath the soil's surface.

    Below, a peek at our haul by the end of the harvest:

    Members can expect to begin seeing these sweet potatoes in shares about 10 days from now.  Similar to crops like garlic and storage onions, sweet potatoes require some curing before making their way to your kitchens.

    Speaking of upcoming share items...  Under the covers in the image below are:  Greens (broccoli rabe, swiss chard, lettuce mix, arugula, tatsoi, and spinach), bok choi, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, fennel, and dill.   Also coming soon (not under these covers):  Broccoli, cabbage, more kale, brussel sprouts, and rutabagas!  So, while shares in the next week or two may be a little leaner as we transition from summer and its especially tough weather into fall, there are definitely more vegetables to come.  Remember:  The season isn't over yet. We still have eight more weeks!

    Happy fall, everyone.  Until next time, all our best.

    Reader Comments (2)

    The picture of Nate & Busy should read "Henpecked". It looks like Busy is really in charge of that row. Everything on the farm looks great. I am glad that you have weathered the storms as well as you have. Miss you- Love, Dad

    September 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Brady

    made the acorn squash and it was great.. thanks.
    Myra

    September 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMyra Murphy

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