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Ode to the Extras Table

All hail late August, when summer harvests are at their peak! This is the time when all it takes is for three CSA members to miss pickup, and another three to skip the kale (you know who you are), and we’re left with pounds upon pounds of unclaimed food. In earlier years, we counted on these leftovers to flesh out the next pickup, but as our harvests have improved, so have our standards of freshness. Nowadays, in most cases, our food is distributed within 2–24 hours of harvest (storage crops being a notable exception). Leftovers, therefore, can pose a big problem. That’s where the “extras table” comes in. I don’t recall exactly when it started, but at some point we began piling the leftovers

Carrot Drama!

Last week brought lots of rain—four heavy downpours in seven days, to be exact. Most of the crops were grateful, after several days of ninety-degree heat. The new transplants were relieved, their roots being too small to find the water deep within the soil. The tomatoes were happy, too, and rewarded us with a flush of juicy fruit. The fall carrots, however, were not pleased, or at least, their seeds weren’t. We plan on two summer seedings to ensure a steady supply of carrots in the fall. When our first seeding was slow to germinate, we were concerned. When the carrots finally did emerge, weeks behind schedule and at less than 30% germination, we realized the problem—most of the seeds had bee

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