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From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 8.30.17

Posted 8/30/2017 8:31pm by Jim Baughman.

Hi All,
We had a good work week on the farm. The weather has been mild and we received some significant much needed rain fall. With the tomato crop winding down we have switched into fall/winter mode working and planting any available bed or spot we have with fall greens or winter carrots; all the while, we are still dealing with the last of the tomatoes and the harvest of other crops like green beans and potatoes.
Yes fall is in the air and coming soon. Our winter squash planting is doing ok; it seems the plants did not set as many fruits as they should have but the squash we have is growing well. The sweet potatoes need more rain in order to size up properly; the recent rain will help but really need some more in the next few weeks. All in all I think we have come through the summer fairly well and seem to be in pretty good shape for fall. The farm is in serious need of a cleanup and mowing but we should be able to start easing into some of those chores as fall approaches.
With the Labor Day weekend coming we will be taking a much needed break next week. Next week will be the last of the vacation weeks from the CSA and maybe a break from a few of our farmers' markets. Although there will still be work to do on the farm we will have a reduced schedule with a little less pressure to meet schedules. I hope everyone will take some time this Labor Day weekend to spend time with either family or friends or both.

Planted this week: The last of the winter carrots have been seeded. Fall lettuce, Asian Greens, and spinach.
In your shares this week: Green Beans (see this week’s recipe), German Gold Potatoes (similar to Yukon Gold but better), Tomatoes, Sweet Red Bull Horn Peppers (some call Italian Frying Peppers), Zucchini, Green Tomato.

*Notice* the farm will be taking a vacation break from the CSA next week. There will not be a share pick up next Thursday Sept 7th. This will be the last of our vacation breaks and we will be back to wrap up the last few weeks of this seasons CSA.

Best,
Jim

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