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Week #23 – Our last week – Nov. 12th and Nov. 14th

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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!!!!

Lacee on Kubota

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!

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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!

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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 ………………….

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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!****

Garlic

Onions – sweet – red or cooking – also 10 lb. bags will be available for sale

Shallots

Carrots

Peppers – hots, sweets and bells

Cabbage – red, savoy and green

Pie Pumpkins

Gourds *** New this week

Kale

Broccoli

Brussel Sprouts

Butternut Squash

Acorn Squash

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

 

 

 

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