Extended Fall CSA Week 3

Cold hardy crops continue to fill boxes this week. There has been plenty of feedback from our members this season and we will definitely be growing more root crops for next season, especially beets. Fall weather finally has set in and the rain has been a welcomed relief. Daylight hours get darker and with daylight savings time change, we're all in the dark by 5:30pm. Now we're into soup season and fireside evenings.

Flail mowed a crop of broccoli and cauliflower with brussel sprouts still producing well.

Flail mowed a crop of broccoli and cauliflower with brussel sprouts still producing well.

All of the beds have been turned over at this point and the farm really is getting tucked to bed for the winter... albeit slowly. Summer takes focus to maintain production and leaves very little room for polishing off our rougher edges. This time of year is off-season for produce farmers and that means time to reflect back on the whole previous year and find ways to grow both the business but in our personal lives as well.

Low tunnel with row fabric over radish and turnips

Low tunnel with row fabric over radish and turnips

Farming in the Willamette Valley shows just how truly fertile this part of the country is. With topsoil up to 18" deep and still no frost, Ambrosia Farm is going strong until the end of the year. Here we are in early November and even the grass is still growing! Hopefully we do get a cooler shift in weather soon so Brandon can strap on his skis and join some of the CSA members for a trip into the Cascades.

Head Lettuce, Spicy Mesclun, and Spinach still growing strong in the greenhouse

Head Lettuce, Spicy Mesclun, and Spinach still growing strong in the greenhouse

Two more CSA boxes to go before we take a break then a final box during the week of Christmas. In the meantime hopefully everyone has a good craft project or book to carry you through the long nights we're in and that savory meals fill you with joy. Be well friends and til next week.

-Brandon