Monday, September 21, 2020

Letter from John Krueger (Week 16)

Hello Folks, 

So the weather has turned on us again- it has been nearly 2 weeks with no rain and another week to go before any precipitation is predicted. Worse than that we have had frost on 3 consecutive nights with a fourth forecast for tonight. I say forecast but actually the predictions have been for 37-38 degrees and there were no frost warnings. We covered some of the more delicate crops on the first night and then, once we saw the effects, started covering as much as we could. These have been very light frosts but enough to damage the beans, peppers, and squash etc. The eggplants were loaded with small fruit which we were hoping to put in the shares one last time during the next several weeks. I spoke with an eighty year old man this past Saturday who told me he has lived in the area all his life and has never seen frost in September. It simply irrational weather- today is the last day of summer but it feels like winter has already begun! Most of what we have left in the fields is cold hardy so the shares will not be greatly affected.

The share for this week will: Butternut squash, Napa (Chinese) cabbage, lettuce, radishes, arugula or tatsoi, scallions, spinach or Swiss chard, red fingerling potatoes, and cilantro or dill.

Farmer John