Crop List: Orange and Purple Carrots, Julika Potatoes, Huckleberry Potatoes, Basil, Kale, Spaghetti Squash, Garlic, Tomatoes and Cauliflower
I am typing on the last day of summer. Tuesday welcomes fall. Fall helps me relocate my equilibrium! Day and night are equal, this always reminds me of the balance required in natural relationships. A constant giving and receiving. The plants give us oxygen, we give them CO2. The garden gives us veggies, we give it compost. Grass gives cows energy, cows give grass manure to replenish the soil they grow in. Bees receive pollen from plants and plants receive pollination from bees.
We are still incredibly busy, but the garden's pace has changed. The summer squash is not bearing down threatening to get bigger overnight. Tomatoes are not cracking from overripening. We are not concerned about frost, been there, done that! Things are winding down on the farm and we are in countdown mode. 5 more markets, 4 more CSA deliveries, 3 more beds of carrots, 6 more rows of potatoes, 3 greenhouses to empty, 1 crop of garlic to plant.
Fall always brings the season of letting go and being grateful for what we have. (Planning for more is on hold until after the Winter Solstice!) The harvest is almost in and any crisis that came up we weathered and survived, success! I am always humbled by what the garden provides each year. Fall is the time to give thanks and celebrate! It is the time of year I savor the sun on my skin and drink in all the gorgeous colors before the snow starts to fall.
The Earth is pulling itself inward and beginning to rest. After we harvest everything and the garlic is planted, Jed will begin to spread compost for next year's garden. Our compost is generated on farm by our cows. We spread in the fall and it always feels like an offering to the garden. An offering of gratitude for feeding us all year. The compost is a way to help the garden replenish itself as it sleeps. I picture the Earth energies pulling inward and bringing all the nutrients needed from the compost with it. All winter as the garden rests these nutrients are being absorbed and amalgamated before the reawakening of spring.
I can feel myself shifting inward. The coming darkness, pulling me inside in the evenings. The change of diet to heavier root crops that take longer to cook and digest, require me to slow down. I look for my slippers in the morning and await the sun's warmth instead of being greeted by brightness when I open my eyes. The shift is subtle, especially because I still feel the warmth of summer mid-day! September weather has been dreamy! I am grateful we still have the sun on our backs as we finish the harvest.
As the garden rests we continue to delight in the treasures provided. Roots and squash will last a long time! Please see individual recipe pages for storing techniques.
Free T-shirt or Hat for a 2021 CSA sign up!
We are kicking off our 2021 CSA membership drive! If you sign up for next year's CSA at a pick up location before the season ends, you will receive a free organic cotton t-shirt or hat! Your site host will have sign-up sheets, one is attached to your email or you can get one here: http://www.cosmicapple.com/uploads/1/7/9/9/17994337/2021_sign_up.pdf
We will definitely make it to share #16 this year! See you next week too!
Lunch this week: Merav's Carrot Soup, Sausage Kale Soup
Recipe Ideas: Carrots, Potatoes Roasted with Onions & Garlic, Scallop Potatoes and Carrots, Colcannon, Oven Roasted Carrots & Kale
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 and Hot Dogs
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
Questions? Comments? Recipes to share? firstname.lastname@example.org