CSA Week 17 - Feeling the Seasons Change

Sweet peppers, broccoli, beets, carrots, salad mix, chard, microgreens, sungolds, tomatoes, melon.

Sweet peppers, broccoli, beets, carrots, salad mix, chard, microgreens, sungolds, tomatoes, melon.

Another beautiful harvest for our CSA and the goodness keeps on coming.  The shift in the air is bringing a change of season and soon we'll see more and more fall crops in our CSA boxes as the summer, heat-loving, crops slow their production and then ultimately returned back to the earth when their time is finished.

We had a big push to get all the winter squash out of the field and it's now curing in our propagation house.  This being our learning curve year, we know for next year to plant a lot more squash than we did this year.  Going into the season not really knowing what our outlets for winter squash was going to be, and not knowing that we were going to offer an extended CSA season, we underestimated our plantings.  We'll have plenty for our members but not much extra to sell at the farmer's market. 

If you haven't visited the new location of the Veneta Market it's not too late to check it out.  The market managers have moved the market to Broadway and 3rd.  We were a bit skeptical about the move off of the main highway, thinking there would be less traffic but that has not been the case.  The new locale is so peaceful and quaint with an old barn structure for a back drop and right next to the bike trail.  People from the neighborhood came out to show their support and sells have been great!  The market managers have also extended the season through the end of October.

Brandon finally fixed the salad mix harvester, so no more harvesting by hand.

Brandon finally fixed the salad mix harvester, so no more harvesting by hand.

Newly prepped beds seeded with spinach, radish, turnip and salad mix.

Newly prepped beds seeded with spinach, radish, turnip and salad mix.

Brandon has been working really hard for this season's bed turnover.  Not much more, and then we're done for the season.  He has direct seeded spinach, radish and turnip for our CSA members.  We've cleared out some of our greenhouse for fall crop transplants and still have some buckwheat to till in where we plan on overwintering onions and garlic.  We are loving the new schedule with our farmstand.  Having some free time at home to get caught up on canning projects feels really good.

Just a reminder that we're having our harvest season potluck on Saturday the 24th beginning at 4pm.  We originally wanted to have the band set up inside the barn for some barn dancing but that plan got a little bit rearranged after learning that Lane County has strict regulations about hosting public events in agricultural buildings.  So come out and join us for some dancing under the stars instead! 

Hope you all have had a great week and thanks for taking the time to read our blog.

Be well and eat well,

Andréa