CSA Week 12 - Sweet Fruits of Summer and Farm Events

Lots of crop diversity starting to show up in these summertime boxes. What a surprise to walk into the field on Tuesday and see that melons and eggplant were ready for harvest! Members at the Eugene pickup were excited about this week's selection. Only halfway through the season and already signing up members for our Fall Share CSA. Farming in the Willamette Valley means that we can grow food all year round.  Although production will greatly decrease this winter we are planning on keeping a steady harvest of select crops. Such a blessed area and good to know that Ambrosia Farm has the support of so many that live here.

Pre-order of strawberries we picked for a CSA member. These berries just keep coming!

Pre-order of strawberries we picked for a CSA member. These berries just keep coming!

Strawberries tend to get a majority of the coverage we put out on social media. Rightfully so too, the patch has become an integral aspect of our farm and essentially our livelihood. For those unfamiliar with everbearing strawberries, this is a variety called Sea Scape that will continue to produce until mid-late October if the weather holds. U-Pick will remain open so long as these berries keeping ripening and we really do want to see them picked and not go to the compost. Price drop this week and here on out to just $3/lb or 10lbs and up at $2.50/lb. Stocking the freezer is important and we have simple jam recipes to include with bulk strawberry purchase. Pre-orders are also available at 5 lbs. for $25 or 10 lbs. for $40. Contact us if interested in placing an order.

Harvesting green beans by the handful this past Monday. Patch is open for U-Pick now!

Harvesting green beans by the handful this past Monday. Patch is open for U-Pick now!

Green beans continue to do well and we are actually opening our patch up for U-Pickers starting today. Folks expressed interest in doing some home canning of "Dilly Beans" or simply just freezing some for a nice snack during the long Winter rainy season. If you'd like to pick your own, the price is $2/lb and it does not take very long to stock up. Bulk pre-order is available at 10# for $30. Stocking up is important so please either pick your own or get your orders in before the crop runs out.

6 Rows of Carrots on a 30" bed with practically no weeds! Love small scale farming.

6 Rows of Carrots on a 30" bed with practically no weeds! Love small scale farming.

August for the small farmer means that we are entering our window of time for the final plantings of many crops that take longer to grow. These carrots were planted on 7/28 and will carry us through the Summer CSA season. We've been doing a lot of direct seeding, transplanting and cultivating of crops for our Fall CSA and they look amazing. Starting today Brandon is in a mad dash to pull back tarps and prep another 400' of beds for Carrots, 400' of Fall Brassicas, 200' for Greens and 200' for Radishes and Turnips. Lots of to transplant and direct seed into with so little time.Thankfully we're professionals right....

Standby for some heads up on farm gatherings. How would everyone feel about a Potluck and Barnside Movie Night? Recently fixed up an older video projector and getting excited to host some gatherings. Also, mark your calendar to feast and dance the night away on September 24th. Plan for now is a Potluck with fun games and a live band to really celebrate the bounty of this time of year. More details to follow.

Enjoy the week everyone and thanks for taking the time to check in with our lovely farm.

-Farmer Brandon