CSA Week 21 - Bring on the rain!

Carrots, celery, lettuce, salad mix, basil, cabbage, hong vit radish, sweet peppers and cauliflower.

Carrots, celery, lettuce, salad mix, basil, cabbage, hong vit radish, sweet peppers and cauliflower.

Holey moley have we been getting some serious wind and rain.  Last night's little storm blew our garden gate right off it's hinges.  Did anyone else have their weekend plans canceled do to weather?  We had originally planned on attending a small farmer gathering and hoedown at Two River's Farm but that was cancelled along with a fundraising event for our local Fern Ridge Library that we were donating food for the catered dinner and wine tasting.  Best to stay off the roads and cozy up at home....or work in the greenhouse.  A little wind and rain never stopped a farmer from staying busy.  There's still plenty to do to take down tomato trellises and clear out the greenhouse and prep beds for spinach transplants.  

In between some raining days Brandon, myself and my eleven year old son, Asam did sneak off to the woods in search of wild edible mushrooms.  Unfortunately, we came home empty handed but we did have fun and saw a lot of earthstar mushrooms in the Geastrum genus.

After our lovely romp in the woods we took a field trip to Just Earth Farm in Junction City.  If anyone out there is looking for high quality, organic raw milk from grass fed cows, this is the farm you should contact.  Suzanne and her husband Joe run their farm with the highest integrity for their cows.  They are offering a milk CSA and do make deliveries into Eugene.  The quality and flavor of their milk will speak for itself!

Here is Suzanne feeding baby Kaya her afternoon bottle.

Here is Suzanne feeding baby Kaya her afternoon bottle.

Brandon did the CSA drop off on Tuesday and this is the last week for some of our half share CSA members.  Some have signed on with our Extended Fall CSA, while others we may not see for awhile.  There is only one week remaining in our regular season and although at times the season felt like a marathon, now that it's winding down it seems to have gone by so quickly.

We will have a lot of planning to do this winter as we are preparing to expand our CSA and markets next season.  I've been taking evening and weekend classes through NEDCO since June to meet the requirements for a 1:3 matching grant program which means we invest $2,000 and they match us with an additional $6,000. The instructors are great and are very encouraging and supportive and the classes thus far have given me so many resources and tools for managing a small business. We're hoping that the funds we will receive through this non-profit organization will allow us to build at least one moveable greenhouse on tracks.  Only one more class to go!

Your farmer,

Andréa