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Box 15, September 1st

Posted 9/10/2011 8:14pm by Andy Watson.

In Your Box This Week:
Garlic
Mixed Onions

Cucumbers

Cantaloupe
Zucchini

Bell Pepper

Summer squash
Eggplant

Cayenne/Serrano Peppers (hot)

Tomatoes: cherry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              `                                                                                               
Raspberry Rotation

Where did the summer go? Maybe it was just August that went fast.  Well, it went out with a bang as we celebrated Ruby’s 1st Birthday. Wade starts 4-k next week and is very excited and Kelly is back to school too. Goodbye summer.

            Other than the forecast for the next couple days, the weather has been great, especially for getting work done. Fall radishes, salad mix, arugula, spinach, and other greens are planted and already growing fast. The yellow wax beans are also on the fast track for a late September crop. The raspberry rotation starts today and you will see them soon. We are thinking of increasing the size of our raspberry patch next year so we don’t have to do so many rotations. We are also looking at doing some fresh salsas and maybe frozen berries for sale in the late summer and fall. Let us know if that interests you at all.

            We hope you enjoyed the sweet corn this summer.  We got some feedback and it sounded like it was good corn. We have been eating it as well and are enjoying it, especially Wade and Ruby. We will be continuing that next year with the possibility of purchasing more produce to help fill the boxes. On that note, we found out this week that our potato supplier has had a late season like the rest of us. They won’t be digging for a couple weeks which means the earliest we can get potatoes to the farm is late September or the 1st week of October. That means you will probably get 2-3 weeks of potatoes, which means you will get a lot in those last couple boxes. We will find out which of their three varieties will be done the soonest so you can get them quicker. We knew this might happen but the good news is that you will still get them, you will just have to wait a little longer. We may alter our production plans next year and plant one crop of early red potatoes and then purchase again in the fall. Enjoy your produce.

Kelly Bratt & Andy Watson, Sprouting Acres

If you are looking for some new ways to prepare your veggies, the Asparagus to Zucchini cookbook is a great addition to  any collection. We have them available for $16.00 and can have them dropped off at your pick-up location. It is filled with seasonal recipes that will help you get through those weeks where you just don’t know what else to make. MACSAC is the coalition we are in with a few dozen other farms. The cookbook was created to help fund the organization a few years back and is still its biggest source of revenue. You can find more out about it at their website, www.macsac.org. There have another cookbook in the works as well.

Just let me know via email if you would like one.  They are great holiday or birthday gifts.

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