I know, trauma, there’s no tomatoes in your box this week, but we did have a really good run for 8 weeks, so we won’t complain. Many of you will recall we actually had lots of tomatoes last year too—to the point that it was a complaint on ChowHound “…week after week of red beefsteak type tomatoes.” It just goes to show ‘you can’t please everyone all the time’. We have done a great job with lettuce this year – not missing a week, corn is still fabulous (possibly a few grazers out there, but you needed to cut the top off to fit it in your pot anyway), cole crops are getting tastier as the weather cools, and the apples are divine. The kids have been taking apple wedges with a little container of cinnamon sugar as school snack and nothing could make me happier, as far as snacks go.
This week we are picking Redcorts and regular Cortlands. They are both a nice, big, round apple –perfect for eating or baking. This is probably the last week for Molly Delicious, so sad, there isn’t anything else quite like a Molly (well, except the Golden Delicious). It’s funny, I never liked any type of Delicious apple until we grew our own. They are quite different, always sweet and never mealy. We are also in between broccoli, but there’s more sizing up. Perhaps you’ll see orange cauliflower instead?
Don’t miss out on the winter CSA if you wanted to do it. Feel free to call or email Curtis with any questions …he tells me he is about 2/3 full.
It is always a little weird to begin the fall preparations. Yesterday the pallets of rye seed were delivered and today the already-picked corn fields are being knocked down. These fields will be seeded with winter rye which will grow all fall, protecting the soil from erosion and tying up all the available nitrogen until next planting season. It looks nice too!
Fall means I have to finish the task of filling the freezers with whatever we are going to live on this winter. It is very satisfying to trot down to the cellar and collect all I need to prepare dinner. I know many of our members have been squirreling away greens and corn and other goodies all summer—and I enjoy hearing about it off season 🙂
Eat well, Geneviève Stillman