Week #10 Tuesday, September 8 – Friday, September 11

In Your Bag
Cabbage, Fennel
Onions, Garlic
Melon OR Cucumbers OR Zucchini
(last taste of summer!)
Romano Beans
Peppers – Poblanos, Sweet Red and Yellow,
  Green bells and Jalapenos
Collard Greens
Bright Lights Chard
Parsley bunch
Tomatoes
Romas

Coming soon!
We’re planning on the first of the winter squash next week along with leeks and potatoes.  If weather permits, we’ll try for one more week of tomatoes, maybe some carrots and greens of some sort!

End of the Season Schedule
We have made a change in the schedule for the end of the season.  We had been planning to stretch our 14 week season out by shifting to an every other week schedule in October.  INSTEAD, we are planning to go 14 consecutive weeks this year.  Final deliveries will be Tuesday, October 6th and Friday, October 9th.  If you pick-up your vegetables every other week, you may end the week before that.  Monthly shares, look for an e-mail from Spring Hill with your final vegetable delivery dates for the season.   This change is NOT a change in the number of weeks or in the amount and variety of vegetables, simply a change in the schedule due to considerations around the pandemic.

Farm News
In this first full week of September, here on the farm the signs of fall are subtle but unmistakable.  A sumac here and there, a random maple tree and the prickly ash are beginning to show some of their fall colors.

One of the more stunning sights of late summer and early fall is the massive number of dragon flies!  Every few years, it seems we have the conditions come together that allow for a rather large hatch.  While we are harvesting, we can look across the valley and see these prehistoric-like critters flying everywhere.  We don’t know much about them, but further study is a must!  In any case, we have often considered the presence of these amazing insects to be a sign of a healthy eco-system.

We just had a visit from our Natural Resources Conservation Service biologists inspecting our Monarch planting. They seemed quite pleased with the number of different species that have established themselves in the new plot.  So far, we have identified Butterfly weed; Giant  Hyssop; Partridge Pea; Bee Balm, Black-eyed Susan ; Yellow Coneflower, Lance leaf coreopsis; Yellow Coneflower, Side Oats Grama Grass and of course, lots of Common Milkweed!  We were also delighted to find several Monarch caterpillars.  We are thinking that they better get a move on it, this warm weather won’t last long!  In fact, NOAA is predicting patchy frost on Wednesday night—yikes!  If this comes to pass, it would be the earliest frost in our time on this farm.  (Currently, our earliest frost date is September 11, 1996).  Our average frost date for Vance Creek Township, Barron County is September 21, so this would be a couple weeks early. If the forecast  holds, and frost is likely, we have a plan:  cover the peppers and Romano Beans with floating row cover, pick the ripe tomatoes, and cross our fingers on behalf of the winter squash which could use another week or two of growing weather to finish nicely, but would probably be OK.  Right now, the frost does not appear to be too harsh, so we remain hopeful with an anxious eye on the forecast! 

Meanwhile, enjoy the last fruits of summer—especially the Poblano peppers.  This has come to be one of our favorite peppers!  Sauté strips of Poblano and adorn the top of a rice and tomato casserole (hotdish) for a perfect late summer comfort meal—enjoy!