Happy week 14! We have only 7 weeks left of our 2019 CSA program--with more rain expected in the forecast for the coming week, things are rapidly starting to feel like fall on the farm. So much change has happened in the past couple weeks. Two weeks ago, our basil’s life was unexpectedly cut short due to disease caused by excess moisture in the air and soil. One week ago, we finally harvested all of our storage onions from the field! Once curing is complete, they will make their way into your farm shares and can be stored for several weeks.
This week, we’re finally starting to harvest our fall crops, and are preparing soil for next year’s garlic planting and our annual winter cover crop (this year will be a rye/vetch mix!) We expect to harvest and cure our winter squash within the next two weeks, weather permitting (storage crops can only be harvested under the driest conditions to eliminate the spread of fungal disease & rot).
Early bird registration for the 2020 season is now open!! Sign up by November 30 to save $25 off next year’s farm share! Space is limited. Please visit our website to learn more and register.
Thank you so much to our friends and share members who have made our GoFundMe campaign a success so far! We have already raised enough funds to purchase one share for patients affected by type-1 & type-2 diabetes for the 2020 season. With your help, we hope to supply 15 shares total to patients at OHSU’s Diabetes Health Center. A donation of $25 will feed two households for one week, and a donation of $500 will feed two households for an entire season! Any donation will help achieve the farm’s mission--to provide local, fresh, organically grown produce to those who need it most! Please contribute and share our link to help us make food as medicine a reality.
I have been so lucky to have the help of two amazing dietetic interns from OHSU’s Graduate Program in Human Nutrition during the past month! I wanted to share a guide to food storage and preservation developed by our intern, Serena Stearns-Garland. This comprehensive guide has trips to make your share last into winter and inspiring ideas for trying new recipes. Please check it out here!
One final announcement--we are taking orders for bulk tomatoes! Try your hand at canning or freeze whole tomatoes (or sauce!) for winter AND support the farm. Order 10 lbs. for only $15 by responding to this email! We accept payment via Cash App, Venmo, or Free Bank Transfer and will deliver during normal share pick up hours.
This Week’s Share Contents:
Bob’s Red Mill Kamut