Wednesday, September 14, 2011

CSA Newsletter, Week 16 - September 14 and 17

Hurry up, cover those plants! Days are shorter now and nights cooler, and the farm may even feel frost tonight. It's time for picking things up and putting away, putting up and picking away. Rye and vetch cover/green manure crops are going in, and protective coverings are being installed to extend the growing season for baby greens. Basil greenhouses are being transformed to house spinach.

Fall is a busy time for Echo, with garlic planting starting in just a few weeks. A work party is slated for October 1-2 and 8-9. All are welcome to join the party as we sit, chat, and break hundreds (dare say thousands?) of carefully cured, whole garlic bulbs into single cloves for planting. Bring warm clothes. If you have work trade you need to finish, garlic planting is the time to get square on that.

Culinary ride rolls this weekend! Support local food and farm-to-school in our area, while enjoying a bike tour of farms. Food and refreshments will be provided by our gracious hosts. See culinaryride.com for info and to register for the ride. Echollective Farm is stop #4 on the "55-mile beet it up" route, ETA 1-3pm.

On the table this week:
  • Braising mix
  • Leeks
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet peppers
  • Hot pepper
  • More to be decided...
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Please tell us if you can't identify something on the market table, don't know what to do with a particular item, have a food allergy we should know about, or if you have other questions or comments. We love to hear from you!

echocsa@gmail.com
(319)325-3910

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