TO OUR MEMBERS: IF YOU'RE GETTING THIS IN YOUR USUAL WEEKLY EMAIL FOR YOUR VEGGIE SHARE, YOU'RE SIGNED UP FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON! NO SPECIAL ACTION IS NEEDED! (Except your usual swaps if you want ;)
Well, it's certainly feeling like fall on the farm. We are into week of 2 the Autumn season (over halfway through, for all you full-season members), and we are feeling the push to harvest plenty from the field. Fall crops such as radishes, turnips, and kohlrabi are around the corner, as are the brussel sprouts and red cabbages. Summer crops are still hanging on, and our efforts at tomato pruning seem to be paying off as we continue to harvest later than usual.
A well-deserved shout out to Kate, Laura, Matt, and Sarah who kept the wheels turning last week at the farm and at veggie pick up while I (Naomi) took a few days off to visit with family and catch up on rest. I know a few of you had questions about the fall delivery schedule, and hopefully today's earlier emails have answered those (In summary, if you're getting your usual weekly email with your veggie share and swap options, then yes, you are definitely signed up for the autumn portion of the full season...don't worry! It runs until the beginning of November). If you have any questions, feel free to reach out and we will do our best to respond to you as quickly as we possibly can between harvests.
It is a beautiful sight to see the trees starting to turn yellow and orange, and we are simply doing our best to savour this sunny weather. I, personally, am a huge fan of squash soups and roasted potatoes, and love the bounty that autumn has to offer. If you're new to our harvest share program, you might start to see some less familiar vegetables in your share (what the heck is a rutabaga? what to do with daikon?). Be sure to peruse the recipe ideas that go along with your weekly email, and don't hesitate to ask any of our farm crew for inspiration in the kitchen. We REALLY love vegetables.
Finally, I personally just want to let you know how much we appreciate your willingness to try new vegetables, to cook local fare, and to learn about the peaks and valleys of seasonal eating. We at the farm have been blown away by how kind and patient everyone has been as we learn to distribute food in a different kind of way this year. Y'all rock at social distancing, at keeping clean hands before touching veggies, and at adapting to our current normal. Seriously, farming isn't an easy job, yet it is made so much better by having such a considerate bunch of folks getting food from us every week.
With love and veggies,
Naomi and the Four Beat Farm team