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Farm update for the week of October 30

Posted 10/30/2017 6:22pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

Our Week 22 update from Farmer John:

Hello Everyone,

So we received 4 inches of rain from Sunday’s big storm. We lost power around 8:30 just as we were sitting down for dinner. Power was restored at around 2 AM. We still maintain a considerable amount of produce in the walk-in coolers, so it is always worrisome to experience an outage. Fortunately it was brief and we did not suffer any damage form the high winds. We have some very muddy conditions in the field to contend with but all in all very lucky to have been spared the damage that has befallen much of New England.

I have come to accept worrying as an occupational hazard of farming. One of the first songs I ever learned on the guitar was “Worried Man Blues” an old folk song popularized by the Carter family (and covered by just about every folk and bluegrass artist). I didn’t know back then just how well it would serve me!

The cauliflower is still abundant and the next planting of broccoli will be heading up soon. Brussel sprouts will probably have to wait until the final delivery of the season and of course there will be some in the stock up share (hint, hint).

Apparently I told a fib last week when I predicted the end of the peppers as we still have a few for you this time around. The sweet potatoes this week will be a variety known as Jersey’s or white sweet potatoes. The winter squash will be an assortment of delicata, sweet dumpling and Jester (a cross between the first two). It will be another colorful share with orange carrots, yellow onions, redskin taters and lots of greens.

The share for this week will be: Lettuce, potatoes, spinach, choice of kale or chard, sweet potatoes, carrots, peppers, choice of arugula, broccoli raab or tatsoi, onion, cauliflower and delicata/ sweet dumpling/ Jester. Premium shares will receive celery root and either salad turnips or radish/daikon.

(Note: Downtown Harvest CSA is a Premium Share CSA)

Enjoy! Farmer John

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