Every October I compose a letter to CSA members, reflecting back on the season that is ending as a way of preparing for the season ahead. When it comes to 2020, however, where to even begin? The world looks nothing like it did a mere nine months ago! Not only that, everything is still in flux. It’s anyone’s guess what the end of 2020 will look like, so it feels premature to start looking for takeaways. Nevertheless, the fields have their calendar to follow, and we must attend. Empty beds must be cover cropped, fall roots must be harvested, and in another month, we will plant garlic. Barring floods, wildfires, or any climate catastrophe (nothing to take for granted!), we will complete all fieldwork by Thanksgiving and start again next spring. So it’s time to wrap up the 2020 season and consider the reflections that come with it. Read more...
October Gleaning, October Fun
October 21, 2020
On a Friday night in late-September, hours after our crew had completed the season’s final tomato harvest, I emailed the CSA to announce an annual gleaning opportunity—before handing the tomato rows over to the chickens, we’d give CSA members first dibs. Twelve hours after the email went out, before the Saturday morning pickup had even begun, several members were booking it to the field, armed with bags, determined to fill them. Those expecting loads of ripe tomatoes were disappointed that morning—our crew had picked anything with a hint of color the day before—but those willing to settle for green, with the goal of counter-top ripening or fried green tomatoes, were rewarded. And in the days that followed, there was plenty of ripe fruit to be had—not quite a juicy as the tomatoes of August, but delicious in the way last-call tomatoes can be. Read more
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