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From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 9.20.2017

Posted 9/20/2017 7:58pm by Jim Baughman.

As I write this I can hardly believe that we are on week 19 of our 20 week CSA season. Next week will be the last share of the 2017 season with the exception of members that took advantage of the one week vacation option it will be made up the following week. I have to be honest I feel we are somewhat limping across the finish line this year. As good as the year has been the farm has suffered a bit from different weather conditions throughout the year. Most recently has been the very dry conditions, hardly any rain for the past 8 weeks. Almost everything has been grown with irrigation water which makes germination of the fall crops difficult at best, let alone things just don’t seem to grow as well with irrigation water compared to good old rain. Earlier in the season back in May and early June we had too much rain which made for later than normal plantings of some of our late crops like winter squash, late potatoes, and sweet potatoes. All of those crops are doing ok but could be better if they were planted earlier and we would have gotten a little more rain late in the season. All in all though we will make it through the season and the markets have been good this year. Speaking of weather ( like I don’t speak of it enough) can you believe it as soon as I wrote about the abnormal cool temperatures we were having and how it was affecting the crops it’s like somebody turned the thermostat up and now we are forecasted for several days of abnormal high temperatures in the 90’s. Oh well I always say there is no pleasing us farmers when it comes to weather.

In your shares this week:
Acorn Squash. The first of the winter squashes to be harvested. Please see this week’s recipes for a good baked squash or stuffed acorn squash recipe. Lettuce or salad mix, sweet peppers, a mix of hot peppers, and a couple of pickling cucumbers to replenish your refrigerator pickles or just to eat fresh.

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From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 9.27.2017September 27th, 2017

Greetings,This week is always the most difficult newsletter blog for me to write. As you know it is the last week of our 20 week CSA season. I could write about the weather or tell you how busy we are

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