CSA Week 13 - The heat is on!

Week 13: Poblano peppers, head lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, basil, honeydew melon, carrots, eggplant, strawberries, sungold cherry tomatoes.

Week 13: Poblano peppers, head lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, basil, honeydew melon, carrots, eggplant, strawberries, sungold cherry tomatoes.

Wow, has it been hot!  We've been let off easy this year temperature-wise until now.  Lots of water and breaks in the shade are absolutely required these days.  Any greenhouse harvesting is done first thing in the morning to beat the heat.  Luckily at Ambrosia, we are blessed with a breezy location and that wind sure is welcomed as it blows across a brow dripping with sweat.  The solanaceae crops, (tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers), have no complaints about the heat.  They say, "bring it on!"  Heat makes these crops ripen faster and the first bits of color have started showing up in the pepper patch.  Everyone has their own taste of summer and for me it's definitely sweet peppers...one of the first seeds sown in early spring and one of the last summer crops to ripen.

Sweet cow horn peppers

Sweet cow horn peppers

With the summer farm in total harvest mode, we must remember that this is also the season to put up food for the winter.  A neighbor of ours had a large seven gallon stainless steel pot for sale and we could not resist buying it.  After setting up some outdoor propane burners we were in business.  Let the season of back porch canning with cold beer begin!  

Tomato sauce cooking down

Tomato sauce cooking down

Brandon has been a busy bee dehydrating tomatoes and freezing strawberries for our extended season CSA program.  Expecting lots of goodies to fill the boxes leading up to Christmas.

Bagging frozen strawberries for Fall CSA memberships

Bagging frozen strawberries for Fall CSA memberships

Summer can't be all work and no play.  It's important to get out once in awhile and socialize with friends and that's exactly what we did this Sunday.  After visiting over a cold beer with Natalie and Wes at L'Étoile Farm in Noti, we headed over to the Pitney Palace of Junction City for a potluck gathering and documentary screening hosted by the South Willamette Beginning Farmer's Alliance.  It felt so good to catch up with old friends and meet a bunch of new ones and of course the food was amazing!...especially the BBQ and apple pie, YUM!

Lucky for us the fun isn't over.  Marked on the calendar for this upcoming weekend is a backcountry campout and summit at South Sister.  This is a desperately needed wilderness adventure that we've been looking forward to since winter.  The astrology forecast says to expect the unexpected and just moments ago a CSA member, and dear friend, just popped in and handed me two pairs of brand new mountain gaiters to protect our feet on the climb from the super fine volcanic silt.  She's got our back and we love you Eriel Hoffmeier, you're the sweetest!  Here's hoping for clear skies when we reach the summit.

As always, be well and eat well.

Your farmer,

Andréa