CSA Week 19 - Harvest and Maintain

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Carrots, Sungold Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Delicata Squash, Onion and Garlic

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Carrots, Sungold Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Delicata Squash, Onion and Garlic

Farm life is moving forward at a pace Andréa and I can both appreciate. Starting at 8am feels like a casual start compared to our 6:30am summer mornings. Fall crops are at a crossover point with some summer crops that are still hanging on and this is our favorite time of year for produce selection. This week's box is one of our finest and the color array is full spectrum.

Transplanting turnips... This gives us perfect spacing and the crop matures beautifully.

Transplanting turnips... This gives us perfect spacing and the crop matures beautifully.

Last week found us nearing the end of our transplant season for the extended season CSA. Lots of succession planting and close seeding dates were important in order to make sure we have a steady supply of fresh crops for the CSA members. Now that October has rolled around, we are turning over the greenhouse from tomatoes and replanting with head lettuce and spinach. After that last round of transplanting, all that remains for field work is to harvest and maintain the remaining crops. This was a big push for us to make Ambrosia Farm's first year successful, and the lightened workload is a welcomed treat.

Our seed starting propagation greenhouse becomes the best spot for curing winter squash.

Our seed starting propagation greenhouse becomes the best spot for curing winter squash.

Now that September has passed, so has our farmstand hours of operation. However, we still have lots of crop on hand and would love for you to find us at the Veneta Downtown Farmers Market every Saturday through October from 10am-2pm. This market used to be located right off Territorial Hwy. in Veneta, but has recently moved to a permanent location on West Broadway. With a beautiful old barn style building as a backdrop, and nice level ground to set up booths on, we are pretty happy with this new location. Having a market right across from the Broadway Grille also gives shoppers an easy lunch option.

Beautiful Thai Fire garlic. Brandon has been saving this strain for the past four years.

Beautiful Thai Fire garlic. Brandon has been saving this strain for the past four years.

Since we are grooving through October rather quickly, that means garlic planting is making its way onto our calendar. Garlic seeds are actually just the biggest cloves from the biggest bulbs of garlic. In 2012 Brandon bought his first bulk order of "seed" garlic and has been saving the best bulbs for seed ever since. This year marks the fifth planting of these garlic strains and every year the saved garlic is even more beautiful. Demand for garlic is high and there are not many farms in the Willamette Valley growing this zesty crop. To make sure we have enough garlic to supply all of that demand, we decided to double our production this year. On hand, we have 65lbs of "seed" garlic and then we bought in 25lbs of Softneck, and 25lbs of Hardneck. Garlic bulbs need "popped" in order to separate the planting cloves and with over 100lbs of garlic to go through, and we have a few friends that are willing to help us out.

Hope everyone is enjoying the welcome light rain we've been having. Such a pleasant change in weather after such a long and dry summer. As always eat well, and be well.

-Farmer B