After nearly 30 years of running Spring Hill, there are a couple of things we know for sure. First, despite our best efforts at planning, dreaming and scheming in January, when it comes to harvest time we really have no clue what the gardens will yield. For example, let’s talk about snap peas. You have told us that snap peas are one of your favorite vegetables. In fact, according to our annual surveys, snap peas rank #2—right behind garlic! So we figured, hey let’s grow more snap peas this year. Not only should we grow more, let’s get them even earlier in the season by growing the first planting in the hoop house! Well, as you might recall, we had the goofiest spring. April was cold and snowy, so much so in fact, that we were unable to put the plastic on the hoop houses for fear they might collapse under the weight of those heavy April snows. Consequently, we were unable to plant those early peas when wanted to. Well, the April snows ended, May came and we thought we thought it would still be worthwhile, since it seemed everything would be delayed. Nope. May turned out to be hot! Like really hot, like 90 degree hot. Peas do not like hot. The peas, failed miserably. On the other hand let’s talk about winter squash. Although not as popular as snap peas, they are a basic staple of Midwest fall cuisine, and as such hold a very important place in our garden planning. Well, nothing got in their way this year! We have never seen such a yield. So be forewarned: you can expect an abundance of squash in the next couple of weeks. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the amount, share the bounty with someone, cook it up and freeze it or eat squash several times a week! Finally, and most importantly, the other thing we know with certainty is that there is no way we, as a small family farm could survive and thrive without you and your commitment to Spring Hill. The CSA model at Spring Hill works because we recognize that we are not really in charge, and that our greatest resiliency comes from working together.
In Your Bag:
Winter Squash – Butternut & Delicata
Fennel (every other week shares only) OR
Turnips & Turnip Greens (weekly shares – )
Cutting celery New this season! Try it in soups, stews and casseroles. Can easily be chopped and frozen for later use.
Next Week’s Bag – Last of the Season
Look for more Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, carrots, shallots and something new from Spring Hill, black radishes!
Next Week’s Harvesters:
Tuesday, October 9– Jennie Baltutis , Kathleen Sullivan/Mark Ambroe, Jeanette Raymond, Claudine Arndt, Kimberly Laudert
Saturday, October 13 – Peggy & Jon Abram/Kate Abram & Erik Sorensen, Naomi Jackson & Anita Doyle, May & Woldt households, Erica Perl & George Socha, Jan Clough & Mike McMahon
Saturday, October 13 – Peggy & Jon Abram/Kate Abram & Erik Sorensen, Naomi Jackson & Anita Doyle, May & Woldt, Erica Perl & George Socha, Jen Clough & Mike McMahon