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CSA Week #18 – October 8th & October 10th

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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………….

CSA breast cancer shirt

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…………

CSA Cauliflower

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.

Garlic

Potatoes

Onions – sweet spanish, red, and cooking

Shallots

Eggplant

Peppers – bells, sweet banana’s, cubanelles, hots – jalapeno’s, yellow hots, green hots, poblano’s, habanero’s and cherry hots

Cabbage

Pie Pumpkins

Kale

Dumpling Squash – which tastes alot like Acorn squash but sweeter (you cook it just the same)

Acorn Squash

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 –

Gail

CSA Week #17 – Oct. 1st & 3rd

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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……….

Garlic

Tomatoes

Potatoes

Onions – sweet spanish, cooking and reds

Shallots

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

Cabbage

Broccoli

Pie Pumpkins

***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.

Until then,

 

Gail

CSA Week #16 – Sept. 24 & 26th

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It’s been a little wet this week – which was a good thing in some regards.  There was frost on early Tuesday morning, but because of the rain the day before it was too wet to freeze anything!  Which was a really GOOD thing because with the season already being a couple of weeks later than usual an early frost would not have been good!  So, we survived the first scare!!

This week we will be concentrating on squash harvest!  We are very particular about how we we harvest.  You can’t just pick the squash and throw it into the bin – that will bruise and damage the squash.  So we tell our employee’s to pretend that they are babies and you are lying them down in their crib – that way when we go to wash and pack them later there isn’t soft spots or rotten squash!

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We will start with the butternut first and the spaghetti squash – with both of these squashes being lighter skinned they will show the frost on them – discoloring them a little bit – the acorn and buttercup that are dark green does not show frost so it isn’t as important to get them all picked up.  We will cut them stem and place them in a crate – then carry the crates (you have to make sure you have had your Wheaties when lifting them – they weigh about 50-60 pounds) then gently place them in a wooden bin (which holds about 20 bushels) and then the bins go back up to the barnyard where they will be place inside until they need to be washed and packed for CSA, market or Wegmans/Tops.

Things are growing great – here are a few of the crops that you can look forward to later in the season………..

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Kale – it is almost ready to start harvesting – this is the new up and coming vegetable!  We had it last year for the first time and we were surprised how many people like it – whether to make kale chips or add to their smoothies – it’s amazing all the different things you can do with kale.

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Brussel Sprouts – the secret to delicious brussel sprouts is that you don’t harvest them until after a frost!  If you harvest them before they tend to taste bitter – but after a frost they are sweet and flavorful!

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Pie pumpkins are now ready and they will be part of your CSA share this week!  I have seen some cool things you can do with pie pumpkins on Pinterest (if you haven’t looked at Pinterest you should google it – there are all kinds of neat recipes and projects you can do with just about anything imaginable!)

Also new this week is we are going to be starting with some winter squash – this week will be Delicata Squash – which tastes like Sweet Potatoes!

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To bake the Delicata squash – Cut in half and remove the seeds.  Bake cut side down in a baking dish at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until tender.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and chopped nuts or with whatever you like!

This week half shares will receive 5 tickets and full shares will receive 10 tickets.

Available this week………………

Regular Tomatoes

Potatoes

Garlic

Sweet Spanish Onions

Red Onions

Cooking Onions

Shallots

Eggplant – striped and purple

Bell Peppers – green, suntans, mixed colors

Broccoli – for those that want broccoli for freezing it will be $2 a head and how ever many you want – please let me know ahead of time so I have it cut and ready for you.

Sweet Corn

Hot Peppers – serrano’s, bulgarian carrots, cherry hots, habanero’s, green hots, yellow hots, jalapeno’s and poblano’s

Sweet Peppers – cubanelles and sweet banana’s

Cabbage

Pie Pumpkins

Delicata Squash

Make sure to sign up for the give away this week – not sure what it will be yet – so make sure to check and sign up!

Looking forward to seeing all of you this week on either Tuesday or Thursday between 2 – 7 p.m.

Hope you have a great week – I know it will be a busy but productive week here!  It’s hard to believe that this is the last full week of September already!  There are only 7 more weeks left of the CSA!  Where does the time go – it seems like it goes faster and faster every year!

Until then……………

Gail

CSA Week #15 – September 17 & 19

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Yes it was another busy week here on the farm – it seems like I have been saying that alot lately!  We picked tomatoes, and tomatoes and more tomatoes!  They sure have been selling – with the blight hitting alot of gardens this year it seems like we just can’t keep up with the demands on tomatoes!  If you still need tomatoes let me know and I can have them ready for you when you come on either Tuesday or Thursday – or if you are real adventurous you can always pick your own!  The u pick is open everyday at 1 p.m. and we are open until dark every night – which I am not sure if you have noticed but it seems like it is getting darker earlier and earlier every night!

We have a new employee on our farm this fall – his name is Brad and he is a Special Needs student at Elba Central School.  Brad’s teacher, Ed Shaver, approached us this spring and asked if we would like to have a student from their “School to Work Program” work here on our farm.  Brad and his class came out here last year on a field trip and he really liked the farm, so when it came time for Brad to pick a place to work he wanted to know if he could come and work on our farm.  All the students in Brad’s class need to further their education and job training – so with the proper training and guidance from their job coaches and employers like us these young adults will have the potential to become excellent employees.  As you all know, I have a brother and sister with downs syndrome and I was thrilled at the chance to be able to help out with this program.   Brad started when school started and will be here for 10 weeks – he gets here around noon everyday and is done by 2:15 p.m. Brad and his job coach Alicia watched our food safety dvd and are up to date on all the food safety things we need to do here each and everyday.  This was Brad’s first week here on the farm and he has picked winter squash, picked tomatoes, sorted tomatoes and cleaned garlic.  He even took some tomatoes back to share with his classmates – so we are very excited to get to know Brad and Alicia better – and we hope that this experience will help him grow as well.

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Here is Brad and Alicia after finishing up here one day this week.  So, if you see them when you come to get your CSA feel free to say Hi!!

We will have something new this week at the CSA something that alot of you have been wanting for a few weeks now – what could it be………………….

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That’s right BROCCOLI – and if any of you are wondering how it tastes – well, we have had it two nights now with dinner and it is delicious!!!!!!!!!

This week half shares will get 5 tickets and full shares will receive 10 tickets.

You can choose from the following………….

Cherry Tomatoes

Regular Tomatoes

Green Beans (yellow beans are done for the season)

Potatoes

Garlic

Sweet Spanish Onions

Red Onions

Cooking Onions

Shallots

Purple and Striped Eggplant

Bell Peppers and Colored Peppers

Sweet Corn

Hot Peppers – Bulgarian Carrots, Habanero’s, Cherry Hots, Serrano’s, Jalapeno’s, Yellow hots, Green Hots and Poblano’s

Sweet Peppers – Cubanelles and Sweet Bananas

Cabbage

AND BROCCOLI

I hope you guys all have a great week – you will notice the Big Yellow Penske truck in the yard now – we rent this for 6-8 weeks to make all of our Wegman’s deliveries – we can fit alot of cases of squash on this truck and it cuts down on how many trips we have to make!  We go to all of the Wegmans stores in the Buffalo area from McKinley Rd. (Hamburg) to Military Rd (Niagara Falls).  We have been selling to Wegmans since 1995 and they are a great store to sell our produce to. We are also selling a lot of our produce to Tops right here in Batavia and the Top in Attica as well.  So, with all of those stores, plus our CSA, plus the East Aurora Farmers Market – we sure can stay busy!

See all of you on either Tuesday or Thursday this week between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  – and if you need plum tomatoes or regular tomatoes just let me know ahead of time so I can have them ready for you!

Until then………………..

 

Gail

CSA Week #14 – September 10th & 12th

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Well here it is another Monday and the week is already starting out crazy!  The help is cut in half because all the kids are back in school or in college so less people working and twice as much work to do – but every year we seem to make out just fine – frazzled but all the work eventually gets done!

This week we are starting in with our deliveries to Wegmans – they are ready for winter squash and pumpkins – and with tomorrow going up to 90 degrees it really won’t seem like winter squash and pumpkin kind of weather!  Yesterday we delivered 3 bins of pumpkins to a Wegmans – so now all the stores are ready for their winter squash displays so we got two orders this morning – so between filling tomato orders and waiting on people for U Pick I remembered I hadn’t done my CSA letter yet – if I could clone myself – hmmm my clone could do all the housework and paperwork and I could just work outsided!

So, I apologize for no pictures this week – you will just have to read this update and picture us all hard at work!  U Pick is open and in full force – so if you are wanting to pick tomatoes – don’t wait until it’s too late!  They are at their peak right now!  U pick is open everyday from 1 p.m. until dark – because you are members of the CSA your cost is only $12 a bushel – the public pays $15 a bushel.  There are regular and plum tomatoes and bell peppers along with hot and sweet peppers too!  So if this is the year you want to can or freeze peppers – don’t let it slip by!  You will regret it this winter when you have to go to the store to get your tomatoes and peppers!

This week will be 5 tickets for half shares and 10 tickets for full shares – you will be able to pick from the following…………

Sweet Corn

Tomatoes – both regular and cherry and grape

Potatoes

Beans

Garlic

Sweet Spanish Onions, Red Onions, and Cooking Onions

Shallots

Eggplant – both the purple and striped

Bell Peppers – green, suntans (these have both the red and green on them) and colored peppers

Hot Peppers – habenero’s, bulgarian carrots, cherry hots, serrano’s, jalapeno’s, green hots, yellow hots and poblano’s

Sweet Peppers – cubanelle’s and sweet banana’s

***New this Week***  Cabbage

So make sure you remember to stop by to get your veggies either on Tuesday or Thursday this week between 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you soon……………..

Until then –

Gail

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