October 10, 2013 Farm Newsletter 20-15

The squash displayed ready for pickup except we still, at this point, had a lot more to harvest.

The squash displayed ready for pickup except we still, at this point, had a lot more to harvest.

Thanksgiving and this week’s vegetables:      We will have a good selection of many different kinds of vegetables for the CSA members week.  Now this is our 15th week and after this we will have enough vegetables left for everyone to come for at least two more weeks unless the weather changes dramatically.  We will let you know.

Squash varieties. from left ; three different shapes of Butternut; Buttercup with Acorn above it; two colours of sweet potato.

Squash varieties. from left ; three different shapes of Butternut; Buttercup with Acorn above it; two colours of sweet potato; two colours of Sweet dumpling.

  • Squash and pumpkin;  refer to the accompanying photos to be sure which is which variety. Butternut, a mid to long time keeper, good flavour, smooth, often dark orange flesh. Smooth, tan colour skin. It stores well. Buttercup is bumpy and dark green with a usually prominent button on the blossom end. Flesh is dry, sweet, darker orange.  Pepper or Acorn
    Spaghetti Squash varieties; from left; true Spaghetti; three different hybrids, all spaghetti life.

    Spaghetti Squash varieties; from left; true Spaghetti; three different hybrids, all spaghetti life.

    squash is sort of egg shaped, with prominent rounded ribs, dark green, yellow fleshed, good flavour often somewhat peppery.   Delicatata or Sweet Potato  squash is usually small, elongated with green skin with darker green stripes or yellow skin with orange stripes and smooth, sweet,  yellow to orange colour flesh. Mid term to short storage time. 

    Spaghetti Squash in foreground, Rouge Vif d'Etampe pumpkin in background.

    Spaghetti Squash in foreground, Rouge Vif d’Etampe pumpkin in background.

    Spaghetti, Buttercup, Butternut and Acorn squashes piled high.

    Spaghetti, Buttercup, Butternut, Acorn, Delicata and Dumpling type squashes piled high.

    This is the table full of the small decorative pumpkin and squash.

    This is the table full of the small decorative pumpkin and squash.

    Heart of Gold or Sweet Dumpling is similar to the previous but is a different shape, pointed on the end, with a sort of heart shape when cut in half.   Spaghetti squash is cylinder shape, smooth pale yellow skin and flesh and the flesh is sort of stringy like when scraped out with a fork and a good squash flavour.   We also have many hybrid squash mainly being Spaghetti, Sweet Dumpling and Delicatta types crossed with other squash varieties.    The Pumpkin varieties are limited to mainly pie pumpkins, the small to medium size ones for carving and the various small squash and pumpkin for decoration.   Note that all the squash and pumpkin, regardless of size, are perfectly fine for eating.

  • Potatoes;  again there are six different varieties, these being Yukon Gold (yellow), Norland (red skin, white), All Blue (inside and out), Kennebec (white), Linzer Delicatess (German finger, white), French Fingerling (same as Caribe, red skin, yellow).  The Norlands are somewhat firm when cooked but the others are softer and smoother when mashed. The all Blue will retain colour nicely when fried.
  • Onions; these are the usual, mostly small to medium with a very few large. the reds are nearly all small.
  • The two Kale rows in the sunset, empty potato rows to the right.

    The two Kale rows in the sunset, empty potato rows to the right.

    Garlic; several different varieties again but most are now very small though they have an intense garlic flavour.  

  • Broccoli; most of the broccoli is small side shoots but they are all excellent. Not a lot now though they
    Broccoli, onions and newly planted garlic.

    Broccoli, onions and newly planted garlic.

    are still growing well but slowly.

  •  Cabbages; there are a good number of both the more tender type and the pointy Early Jersey Wakefield variety.  All are small and that was deliberate on our part as they fit the requirement better.
  • Kale; still a good lot and we will have both the red (more a purple) leafed variety and the green leafed.  They are both the curled, frilly leaved type. 
  • Tomatillo; not a lot but enough for a few to make a bit of Salsa Verde. Usually we have way more of these than we need but we are short this year.
  • Apples; we have two trees and the apples from one are somewhat tart and from the other are a sweeter type. They are a nice size this season and we are quite pleased with that. the quality is good with some bruising from falls and some insect damage
    Buckets full of fresh picked apples.

    Buckets full of fresh picked apples.

    and the occasional apple worm. They are quite good from completely untended trees.

  • Greens; include Mizuna, Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard and maybe Russian Kale if we can find enough time to cut it. 
  • Herbs; include Parsley, Camomile, Borage, Tulsi (holy Basil), Sage, Oregano, Dill. Again, we have to find enough
    The working digger a half way down the row where we finished with it.

    The working digger a half way down the row where we finished with it.

    The newly reconstituted potato digger after having done one and a half rows without unwanted stops. No time to do more than that so we unhooked and left it in place for another time with the potato row dirt still on the elevator and the nose shovel in the ground. we'll clean it off before restarting to ease the load on the horses when starting.

    The newly reconstituted potato digger after having done one and a half rows without unwanted stops. No time to do more than that so we unhooked and left it in place for another time with the potato row dirt still on the elevator and the nose shovel in the ground. we’ll clean it off before restarting to ease the load on the horses when starting.

    time to get it cut and bunched.

  • Maybe we will find something else.

Miscellaneous;  We would very much appreciate your compostable vegetative material including trimmings, leaves, and lawn rakings, to build up our compost piles for fertilizing our gardens.

Special Thanks; to Shawn and to Jason for coming out on Sunday past and helping us to get one working potato digger from three broken ones.  We may have well done it on our own, however we would not probably have gotten it done this year and we would not have done it so well and we would not have found out all the useful info that we did and besides it was very nice working with these two gentlemen … thanks to the both of you. We did one and a half rows without any unforeseen stopping. the newly reconstituted potato digger worked just as it was designed and built to do.

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