Crop List: Carrots, New Red Norland Potatoes, Tomatoes, Maybe: Cosmic Mix, Swiss Chard, Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Sunflowers and/or Beans
My mind can change so quickly sometimes I surprise even myself. One week ago I typed this newsletter feeling sad that the garden may freeze. Even though I made peace with it, we escaped it for one more week! Tonight (9/7) it sounds inevitable. The predicted temperature is 27 degrees with some snow. I am fine with it, I don't need to take deep breaths to accept it. I am ready to get the garden emptied out and begin the process of turning inward, embracing the darkness, settling in for the winter. The garden also needs rest and to rejuvenate. I don't know if the first cold snap prepared me for frost by touching some cellular knowing that it is time to shift. Maybe it was the last variety of sunflowers blooming that convinced me my garden dreams had been achieved for the year. It could have been my head winning out with the knowledge we are further into September then many years without freezing. Whatever it was that convinced me a frost was okay, I'm grateful.
We realize the crop list is all over the place. The plants freezing in the beginning of the week will cause the end of the week share to look completely different. There are many "maybes" because of the transition.
On Monday we picked all the summer squash, cucumbers and beans for the last time. If you receive any of these in your share, savor them and give thanks to the garden. We had a great year most of these items.
We also pulled in all the winter squash to protect it from any frost damage. We will store these treats and start sharing them soon.
Our energies will now turn to emptying out the garden! The race is on to get all the carrots, onions, leeks and potatoes harvested and ready for you. We will still have lots of other veggies coming your way until the shares end.
"When will the shares end?" starts to be a big question right now. We don't know. It is all weather dependent. If the weather stays sunny and glorious we are able to harvest faster. If we start getting a lot of moisture things get muddy, heavy and cold it just slows us down. I am fairly confident we will make it to at least Share #16, maybe more! We will keep you posted with information as soon as we have it.
May your transition to fall weather feel smooth and welcoming. May the crisp air invigorate you. May the fall produce provide you with the stamina to turn inward.
Lunch this week: Shish Kabobs with Lemon soy marinade over rice and greens. Peruvian Quinoa Stew (tomato page)
Recipe Ideas: Grilled Steak with Chard, Tomato and Balsamic Vinegar Reduction, Roasted Tomato Crostini
The coolers at your site are stocked with Lifeline cheese and a selection of the beef and pork listed below. If you know you want something, please email me and I will make sure it is in the cooler, reserved for you. I don't send every cut every week, they simply won't all fit!
Beef Available: Tenderloin, Ribeye, New York, Sirloin Steak, Eye of the Round Steak, Round Roast, Sirloin Tip Roast, Tri-Tip, Flat Iron Roast, Brisket, Skirt, Hanging Tender, Baby Back Ribs, Short Ribs, Liver, Ground Beef, Patties, Stew, Kabobs, Hot Dogs and Bratwurst
Pork Available: Neck Bones and Fat
WASH YOUR VEGGIES!!
Bring Bags to pick-ups!
If you can't make it to pick up your veggies, send a friend!
Missed shares are forfeited for the week.
Members get 20% off at the Farmer's Markets!
The People's Market: Wednesdays 4-7 (last one on the 23rd)
The Driggs Market: Fridays 9-1 (last one on 10/2)
Jackson Hole Farmer's Market: Saturdays 8-1 (last one on the 26th)
Farm to Fork Festival: October 3rd 1:30-4:30 Teton County Fairgrounds
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