So, when I checked the National Weather Service web site Saturday morning and saw the forecast for 25 degrees as an overnight low, I groaned out loud. I knew that even our cold hardy crops were in danger and going to need some protection. So, after harvesting and bringing in the winter squashes and pumpkins, I turned my attention to covering all of our cool season crops with row cover.
As I look out my window at the garden this morning, I see that what had been a green and beautiful garden just last Monday is now blackened rotting plant corpses with white shrouds hiding what green remains. Frankly, it seems as if we’ve skipped October and moved right into November.
But, don’t despair yet! We still have some good things for you this evening.
Liberty Apples – The kids and I harvested these from the big apple tree by the swing set at our Bellingham Road place on Friday afternoon. They are flawed but delicious.
Storage Pears – These are from the 100+ year old trees on my grandparents farm. They will ripen in storage.
Pumpkins – We have a limited number of these available on a first come first serve basis (one per share). The four giant pumpkins are also available (but hard to move!).
Butternut Squashes – As many as you think you can use.
Lincoln Leeks – These are the light green ones. All parts can be used in soup stocks
Sweet Potatoes – These must be dug today!
Asian Greens -
Baby Lettuces -
Swiss Chard and more
This evening we have a couple of groups coming out. There is a student group from Monmouth College that will be out to look at the place and learn about CSAs in general.
Macomb’s Food Initiative Group will be out to meet at 6:30. Among other topics they will be discussing the porential formation of a coop store in downtown Macomb that would carry local and organic foods. We welcome your participation in that meeting.
Don’t forget that CSA time is between 5:00 p.m. and dark (6:40 ish). See you this evening and dress warmly!