October 5, 2010
A season for everything…
Written by Kirsten Dysinger
Dear CSA family, (and all others who may read this)
The reality that you haven’t heard from us, is no reflection on a lack of things to write about. In fact we are busier then ever. The verse in Ecclesiastes that states “to everything there is a season... a time to plant, and time to pluck what is planted... a time to laugh and a time to mourn...” doesn’t seem to apply currently as it appears now is the time foreverything; planting harvesting, cultivating, laughing and also mourning.
Our summer has been fraught with challenges and difficulties, and at times we have felt like mourning.
After a wonderful spring Irish potato crop, we decided to try using our own seed potatoes for the Fall. That experiment failed and we lost our Fall crop (We’ve got to figure out how to get the potatoes to break dormancy so they will resprout quickly!). This was a disappointment, but we’re thankful to still have potatoes left from our Spring harvest. So you will have potatoes.
For the second year in a row, we experienced a mystery disease that rotted hundreds of pounds of winter squash after they were harvested. We tried our best to stop the rot and save what we could, but we still lost much of the Delicata squash. The Butternut squash fared better though, and we should have enough to keep you supplied.
The heat was brutal this summer! Because of this (we think), our Parsnips never germinated - along with the Rutabagas.
Yes we’ve had some disappointments, but also some great successes. Our sweet potato crop has yielded abundantly, producing so many potatoes we have run out of bins to store them in - a dilemma we never dreamed of having! We haven’t finished harvesting yet, but based on the quantities thus far, we estimate we’ll have over 9,000 pounds of sweet potatoes!
Also our brassicas (cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, collards, etc.) are doing fantastic. We have struggled with disease in our brassicas for the past two years, and so are delighted with the success this season. You will be seeing lots of cooking greens!
For those who love beets and scallions, we have more than ever this year. They too are doing wonderful.
We are growing an expanded variety of produce and are excited about filling your boxes and expanding your taste buds!
We will be communicating soon on the start date.
Here at Bountiful Blessings Farm we are counting our blessings, and can’t wait to share the bounty with you!