CSA Newsletter ~ Week 22
Well, it's the time of year we're all feeling pretty well spent, and words are a little hard to come by. I'm certainly feeling that way. For any of you who have met me or read the newsletter, that might be a little hard to believe. I do like summer, but it is actually the most challenging time of year to grow crops, especially with so much warm weather. One statistic I saw the other day that put things into perspective for me was the number of 90+ degree days we've experienced this summer. We're up to 39 now, with 36 being the previous record. An average year has about a dozen. Looks like we might see another on Wednesday as they're predicting a high of 88.
the growing season are just starting. September and early October are very good for outdoor crops, and October through April/May are great with our nearly 1.5 acres of hoop houses.
Fall greens are nearly in full swing, and broccoli looks about 10 days to 2 weeks out. With all the brassica (broccoli family) crops we're growing, including kale and many of the other greens we've been planting, we're seeing a little more disease on some leaves. Not exactly sure what it is, though we're fairly certain it's a fungal growth of some kind. It doesn't affect broccoli too much as the problem doesn't seem to affect anything but leaves. Of course that isn't so good for kale, bok choi, and the other Asian/brassica greens. Some of you may be relieved to hear we might have less kale for a while, and we're always working toward increasing our variety from week to week, and over the season. Probably because we have grown more brassica crops than ever, we are seeing these issues now, and this will force us to look at other crops. Chard is one such crop. We grew more of it outside this year than in the past, and we'll plant more in our fall hoops than last year as well.
and the Tomato Mountain Farm Team
|Recycle your bags. In Chicago and some surrounding suburbs, most grocery stores and big box stores offer drop-off bins for plastic bags. Until this year, we were asking customers to return clean plastic bags for us to reuse in packing. That became untenable as it took more time (read: resources) to sort, empty, and clean them to put them back in circulation. We will again offer to take back your plastic bags--this time for recycling. If you don't have access to a place to recycle your plastic bags, please do return them with your wax boxes and pint/quart containers. Rather than reuse them for food, we will make sure they get to a trustworthy recycle bin.|