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Yes I said it – this is our last week of the CSA (sniff sniff)! Where has the last 23 weeks gone? It seems like just yesterday when we were cutting lettuce, picking asparagus, picking blueberries – and now – it’s cold out – it gets darker earlier and this is the last week that we are going to see most of you until next June – say it isn’t so!!!!
As you can see we are not the only ones that are sad – Lacee is going to miss seeing all of you – all the kids and their hugs and kisses – all of you that brought treats for her and all of you that stopped to pet her and rub her nose! She is going to be lost and very sad until she sees all of you again!
This week was an awesome week! First of all the weather was absolutely beautiful on Tuesday and Wednesday which gave us exactly the right amount of time to finish up with the potato harvesting – they are all now in the barn!! And we finished up with the garlic planting!
We take the bulbs of garlic and break them up into the cloves. We then put the cloves into half bushel baskets and head to the field – we filled about 10 half bushels of garlic cloves to be planted!
We then push each clove about halfway into the ground and plant them about 5 inches apart – the stick helps to keep them evenly seperated ………………….
We put in four beds with three rows in each bed – or roughly over 10,000 garlic bulbs were planted! We have used our own garlic for the past 8 years which keeps us safe from diseases that have been popping up in garlic over the past few years. And each year it gets a little bit bigger. We have had great success with our garlic and the flavor has been absolutely delicious! We hope that you have enjoyed it all season and will continue to enjoy it thru the winter! We do have extra for sale and we sell it by the pound if you are interested.
We will now puts layers and layers of leaves onto the garlic to keep it nice and warm throughout the winter months.
One note to mention – for those of you that come on Tuesday to pick up your share – Paul and I have a meeting to go to that we can not get out of – so we will be leaving around 5:30 – but Valerie will be here until 7 for those that come after 5:30. We feel bad that we could not get out of it, but want you all to know that we have appreciated your business this past year and look forward to seeing you next year.
This week it will be 5 tickets for half shares and 10 tickets for full shares.
You will be able to pick from the following…….
Potatoes – red, white or yukon golds (also 10 or 50 lb. bags will be available for sale)
*****ALL CSA MEMBERSHIPS WILL GET ONE 10 lb. BAG OF RED POTATOES FREE (no substitutions please) - THIS IS OUR WAY OF SAYING THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING PART IN OUR CSA THIS YEAR AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TOO!****
Onions – sweet – red or cooking – also 10 lb. bags will be available for sale
Peppers – hots, sweets and bells
Cabbage – red, savoy and green
Gourds *** New this week
Dumpling Squash (tastes like Acorn but sweeter)
Carnival Squash (tastes like Acorn but sweeter)
Delicata Squash (tastes like sweet potatoes)
Orange Buttercup Squash (very sweet – makes a great pumpkin pie)
Also for sale will be Blue Hubbard Squash
Paul and I would just like to say thanks so much for believing in us and our farm by becoming members of our CSA! We truly enjoy seeing each and everyone of you every week! We are really going to miss our weekly visits and seeing all of your children – we love to see how excited they get seeing Lacee or the tractors and especially drawer #4 – the candy drawer!
I will be mailing out the registrations for CSA 2014 in early January. This year we had 163 members – a big jump from when we first started in 2010 with 64 members. Our prices for next year will be -1/2 share for $250 and a full share for $425. I have a waiting list already for next year. We will be increasing to 200 members next year – but believe that will be our limit. We will run again on the same days Tuesdays and Thursdays with the same times 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. If you know of anyone that is interested feel free to share their address with me and I will mail them out a packet. We are going to try and keep it to 100 members on Tuesday and 100 members on Thursdays. If you have any questions or suggestions for next season please just let us know! We will be looking in to trying some new things next year and once we start planning our veggies for next year I will let you know what new stuff you can be looking forward to. Again – thanks so much for taking part in our CSA – we have truly loved every minute of it!
So dear friends – until next time…………………….or next year………………
Paul and Gail Fenton
Lacee and Lexi too
As you can see we started out pretty frosty this morning – I think Paul said it was only in the mid 20′s! Last week Jack Frost stopped by and said a quick hello – but this morning I think he camped out for awhile! This will make those brussel sprouts that much sweeter this week!! The more frosts we have the sweeter they become!!
We are almost done with potatoes – we are hoping to finish up on Wednesday - they are forecasting that it will be 65 on Wednesday – only in WNY can it be freezing cold one day and summer the next!
This is our potato storage – it is packed FULL!
And this is what we have left for winter squash! We are starting to wind down on the specialty squashes but still have plenty of butternut and acorn! If you want any bushels or half bushels just let me know. Both with butternut and acorn are good keepers and will last for awhile in your basement (if it is cooler) or your garage (if it does not freeze) – a half bushel is $12 and a bushel is $20. You can mix and match the squashes too – you don’t have to take all one kind.
So, we will finish digging the rest of the potatoes and Paul is going to get some “beds” made for the garlic. This will be right as you pull into the driveway to your right. We will get our garlic planted.
We take the heads of garlic and break them into the cloves and then plant the cloves. We don’t bury them too deep into the soil and then we cover them with lots of leaves to keep them warm during the winter! We will still have garlic the next two weeks for the CSA – if you want any for over the winter it is $6 a pound.
Next week will be our last CSA of the season – sniff sniff – we have truly enjoyed seeing each and everyone of you every week – we are really going to miss you! We are already starting to discuss next years season and what we would like to do – if you have any suggestions – things you would like added – or any comments at all – just send us an email and we will consider them!
The winner of the last harvest basket is Bev McCabe!
This week half shares will receive 5 tickets and full shares will receive 10 tickets.
You will be able to choose from the following……….
Onions – Red, Sweet and Cooking (you can also purchase 10 lb. bags of onions)
Peppers – sweet, hots and bells
Cabbage – Red, Green and Savoy
Potatoes – Red, White and Yukon -(you can also purchase 10 lb. and 50 lb. bags)
Butternut – these will be smaller and you can take a couple with a ticket
***New this week*** Carrots
So we will see you either on Tuesday or Thursday this week between the hours of 2 – 7 p.m.
Until Then -
Well, it looks as if our Indian Summer may be on its way out. They are calling for much cooler weather by the week end – they have even started to suggest that four letter word that starts with S to maybe start showing up! I am absolutely not ready for that yet! We are surprised that we still have some decent peppers left. We have not gotten a killing frost yet, but it looks like maybe Jack is on his way this week too!
We are still in the process of harvesting winter squash – however, we can see the bright light at the end of the squash field – we are almost done picking up all the winter squash and putting it in the barn – potatoes, on the other hand, are a different story. I would LOVE to see the bright light at the end of the potato field, but that won’t be for a little bit yet. The harvest is yielding like crazy – which is a great thing – but we are slowly starting to run out of space to store them! We are truly blessed to have such an abundant crop of potatoes when the season didn’t start out looking that great – at one point early after we planted we had potatoes under water – we have had to skip those spots but still are digging lots and lots of potatoes. It is taking us about 5 minutes to fill a 20 bushel bin full of potatoes! If the weather cooperates and we can miss a few rain showers than we can keep digging. Right now they are in the best place possible – (although ideally the in the barn would be great) but right now they are in their own natural root cellar – so weather pending we will keep on harvesting potatoes this week!
We will again have a giveaway this week – I will be doing another harvest basket – everyone seems to like those so I will be doing it this week and again next week (you read that right – two weeks in a row) that way the last week I won’t have the drawing so you whomever would win wouldn’t have to come back to the farm to get it.
This week full shares will receive 10 items and half shares will receive 5 items…………
New this week…………..
Savoy cabbage – this is a lighter/sweeter tasting cabbage and is great for coleslaw – or cabbage rolls because the leaves are softer and more pliable for rolling.
Red Cabbage – this is often used in salads and coleslaw and is used alot in German dishes.
Green Cabbage – we are now harvesting our winter cabbage – which means that it will store for long periods of time – keep it somewhere cool and just peel the outer layer and it will look as good as the day it was picked.
Brussels Sprouts – this is how they grow – we peel the outer leaves off and use huge clippers to cut the bottom of the stem and you just have to pluck off the sprouts – they look like little mini cabbage heads – very sweet and are very good for you!
Potatoes – also 10 lb. bags and 50 lb. bags will be available for you to purchase.
Onions – sweet spanish, red and cooking
Dumpling Squash – tastes like Acorn but sweeter
Peppers – Bells, sweets and hots
I look forward to seeing you either on Tuesday or Thursday between the hours of 2 – 7! Have a great week!
For those of you that have asked about Lexi she is fine – she has been staying in the house because as she is getting older she tends to be a little cranky around a lot of people – and with a lot of small kids that come every week I would feel awful if she nipped at anyone!
And here is a throwback photo of Lacee when we first got her – she was such a cute little thing – now she is almost as big as a horse – but lots of fun and all the kids just love her almost as much as she loves seeing them every week!!
I can’t imagine her trying to fit in there now!!
Wow – hard to believe that there are only a few weeks left for the CSA! Where has the time gone? We continue to stay busy here on the farm! This week our potato harvester was brought out and was greased and a few minor repairs were made and it was ready to go!
Here is what the machine looks like – we searched for quite a while before we found exactly what we wanted – and would make our job easier!
Paul drives the tractor and sets it on the row of potatoes that need to be dug. The machine then digs the potatoes and sends them up the conveyor to where I am standing and usually one other person.
We pick off any stones or clumps of dirt or potatoes that look green or have been sliced – the good potatoes travel on down into the bin. The red strands of plastic help to let the potatoes fall into the bin gently without getting bruised – there is a big “pillow” inside the bin so the potatoes will hit that and then roll into the bin. It takes us about 5 minutes to fill a bin and a bin will hold about 20 bushel of potatoes. The help really enjoys when the harvester comes out of the barn – it is much easier to stand and sort potatoes then to bend over and fill hampers – and it is much faster! As we get older we are always trying to find ways to better improve our harvest methods! If we can save from bending over and having an aching back the next day then we are all for it! It’s not easy getting older!!
This week full shares will receive 10 tickets and half shares will receive 5.
You can chose from the following……….
Potatoes – also available are 10 lb. bags and 50 lb. bags for purchase
Onions – cooking, sweet spanish and red
Eggplant – last week
Peppers – bell peppers, sweet banana’s, cubanelles, yummy’s (these are small orange peppers that are extremely sweet and have very little seeds) poblano’s, jalapeno’s, green hots and yellow hots.
Cauliflower – white, orange and purple this week
Orange Buttercup – tastes just like a regular buttercup but sweeter – it has a drier consistency – much like mashed potatoes and this squash makes the best pumpkin pies!
I look forward to seeing you all on either Tuesday or Thursday between the hours of 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
It’s a soggy, rainy day here on the farm today – but that doesn’t mean we get the day off! We have orders for Tops in Batavia and Attica and two Wegmans up in Buffalo. So, I guess we are just like the postal service – we work in any kind of weather! At least it isn’t freezing cold!!
All this rain has really done a number on the tomatoes that were left out in the field – they are pretty much split and not real pretty! So I hope you all took advantage of the tomatoes you got last week because that was the last of them! It was a good season while it lasted! Now on to potato harvest! We are hoping to get the harvester out this week and get it greased and ready to go! The field that Paul planted the potatoes in this year is stone free – it’s like a dream come true to know we won’t be picking off a lot of stone on the harvester! Those bins will be filling up with potatoes quicker than ever! We have been waiting for the weather to get a little cooler before we harvest too many. It is not good to harvest potatoes when it is really warm out because then they won’t store very well.
If you come to the CSA on Thursday I will not be there in the later afternoon. Now, don’t worry, someone will be there to cover my absence. Every year I attend the Breast Cancer awareness dinner that is held in Batavia and my daughter Kelsey goes with me. Why you ask? Well, believe it or not, I am a breast cancer survivor! In 2007, I did a self examanation and found a lump – went to the doctor – had a biopsy – and it was breast cancer. It was caught early and after 16 chemo treatments, 33 radiations and surgery I have now been cancer free for 6 years. Praise God! I am a true believer in self examinations and getting your yearly mammogram (or however often they want you to get it)! It was not a horrible ordeal – the worst part for me was losing my hair, but on the good side it was a hot summer that year and I was always the first one ready anytime we went anywhere! I do feel that because of my strong faith and positive attitude that it was nothing more than an annoying “cold” that I had to go through. It was not going to get in the way of my life or my work on the farm – it was going to take a back seat in my life! I assured Paul that I would be around for many, many more years of nagging and that he wasn’t going to get out that easy! So, I like to go every year to this dinner and enjoy going with my daughter Kelsey. This year we are wearing matching shirts that say………….
This week we have some new items to add to your choices. Full shares will receive 10 tickets and half shares will receive 5 tickets. You will be able to pick…………
You can pick from either white cauliflower or orange cauliflower – the orange cauliflower is a little creamier and sweeter tasting than the white – we will have these for a week or two so you can try one this week and the other one next week.
Onions – sweet spanish, red, and cooking
Peppers – bells, sweet banana’s, cubanelles, hots – jalapeno’s, yellow hots, green hots, poblano’s, habanero’s and cherry hots
Dumpling Squash – which tastes alot like Acorn squash but sweeter (you cook it just the same)
So, we look forward to seeing you either on Tuesday or Thursday this week from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.!
***There will be a sign up this week for the giveway – it will be for a harvest basket (or box) which includes squash, potatoes, onions, garlic and other fall items!***
Until then -
It’s already starting out crazy here on the farm! This week end Wegman’s had inventory so instead of our usual deliveries on Sunday (when there isn’t much traffic on the road) they wanted their produce on Monday morning – so we have been to 2 stores already and back home to wash and reload and head out to 4 more! It’s a good kind of crazy!
So, sorry for the short email this week – here is what you will be able to choose from this week………………
Full shares will receive 10 tickets and half shares will receive 5 tickets……….
Onions – sweet spanish, cooking and reds
Eggplant – both the purple and striped
Peppers – bells – greens, suntans, and colored peppers
Hot Peppers – green, yellow, poblano’s, jalapeno’s, serrano’s, habanero’s, cherry hots and bulgarian carrots’
Sweet Peppers – sweet banana’s and cubanelles
***New this week*** Kale
***New this week*** Butternut Squash
Looking forward to seeing all of you on either Tuesday or Thursday this week from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.