Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Letter from John Krueger




Hello Everyone!


So we have finally gotten some relief from the heat! The cold front brought us a small amount of rain as it moved in, a little more would have been welcome but at least there was no severe weather. The heat wave took a toll on our lettuce production, causing many varieties to bolt prematurely. We had to cut many heads at a very small size or lose them. You will receive 2 or possibly even 3 small heads of lettuce this week. The rest of the share is similar to recent weeks-lots of tomatoes, beans, peppers and eggplant. We are coming to the end of the melon season, but there may be one more in store either this week or next. We have begun harvesting the “rattlesnake” pole beans; these are an heirloom variety that feature flat pod streaked with purple. They are very tender and sweet. The purple streaking becomes more pronounced as they set higher on the vine and receive more sun. They are quite productive over a long period, so you will be seeing them several times in the coming weeks.

The share for this week will be: Lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, beets, choice of chard or arugula, leeks, beans, choice of an herb (parsley, garlic chives, or flavored basil) and possibly a melon or watermelon


Enjoy! 
Farmer John






Thursday, August 18, 2016

This Week's Shares -- Friday, August 19, 2016

Vegetables
Beans
Peppers
Eggplant
Tomatoes
Carrots
Choice of chard or kale
Savoy cabbage
Blue fingerlings
Lettuce
Red onions 
Choice of an herb (parsley, chives or Thai basil)
Possibly a melon or watermelon
For extras we have tomatillos, hot peppers and okra

Fruit
TBD

Chicken
Full Share Only

Eggs

Pasta

Mushrooms
Full Share Only
Lobster mushroom  (Lobster should be used within three days.)
Baby shiitake

Bread
Petite Rye Baguette
Heirloom Fife Baguette
Cheese Ciabatta

REMINDER: Main Street between Essex and Millburn Ave is closed. Please allow extra time to get to pick up as our pick up hours will NOT change to accommodate the detour.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Letter from John Krueger

Hi Folks, 

It is my firm belief (or perhaps my desperate hope) that we are over the worse of the heat wave. It’s been a tough couple of weeks! I thought that it was forecast to break on Tuesday with some rain followed by more tolerable temperatures but now it seems the temps will climb toward the upper eighties later in the week with no real relief in sight until early next week. The good news is that we received nearly 3 inches of rain during the week a huge benefit to the fall crops that we have ben seeding and transplanting. The only drawback is that the fields have been too wet to work and especially to direct seed, so we are a bit setback with our planting. The spinach I planted 2 weeks ago has come up nicely, so we have that to look forward to in about a month. The bad news is that the heat has badly damaged much of our watermelon crop, especially the dark green “sugar baby” variety which soak up the sun and essentially get cooked. We have been attempting to send watermelons to all of the members over the past few weeks but at this point it is uncertain we will have enough to go around. We have one final planting which will be ready in about 3 weeks, so we will see… If you do not receive a watermelon we will try to make it up with something else special.

We have a colorful share for you this week with red onions, carrots and purple fingerling potatoes. And the rattlesnake beans have begun; these are an heirloom variety and are green with purple streaks. The peppers are still green but are starting to ripen so you should be seeing red, yellow and orange ones soon. Lettuce is back and summer squash is on hiatus for now.

The share for this week will be: Beans, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, carrots, choice of chard or kale, savoy cabbage, blue fingerlings, lettuce, red onions and choice of an herb (parsley, chives or Thai basil); possibly a melon or watermelon. For extras we have tomatillos, hot peppers and okra.

Enjoy! 
Farmer John