Good morning everyone! I hope all survived the wind and rain yesterday. I was at the Puyallup Farmers Market and it took some work for vendors to keep their awnings from blowing away!
Well, we tried harvesting winter squash last week, but found it not quite ready. We will harvest it for next week's shares. Pie pumpkins are ready, at least close enough. They will be in your shares this week! If you receive one that is not quite all the way orange, please let it sit until it finishes ripening to eat it. These are pumpkins grown specifically for pies. Smaller than carving pumpkins, very smooth sweet fruit and usually just enough to make a favorite pumpkin recipe!
Tomatillos came in for all shares last week. They will be in the offerings again this week. Tomatoes are slowing, no new developing, but there are still many ripening. We are still getting cucumbers, mostly pickling, but they are very tasty! Stephanie says these are her very favorite cucumber. Most of our smaller , earlier cabbage has been harvested, so we will move into larger cabbages this week. Passat cabbage will be in your shares this week. Flattened round heads, High Mowing Seeds describe these as ideal for slaws, sauerkraut, storage and fresh eating, with quality that improves in storage.
Fennel will be in some shares this week, and some next week. Not all of it is quite big enough for harvest yet. We will have this in the November bonus share the week before Thanksgiving. This share will contain some late season crop that did not ripen by the end of our season. Brussel Sprouts, Deadon Cabbage, Fennel, Rutabagas another crop of carrots and the like. A small share for your Thanksgiving table. I will email everyone before this share is ready, and I would like for you to reply that you would like this share. This way I will know how many shares to pack. We will deliver the shares to Eatonville, Puyallup, Pakwood and Morton, just as we do the weekly shares now. On farm pick up if that is your usual place for pick up.
Finally, if you like serrano peppers, I would like to offer you a serrano plant- the whole thing. I saw a farmer at the Puyallup Market do this, selling a whole plant hung upside down. The peppers were ripening to red when he had them for sale. It seems like a good way to get the serrano peppers to you, and have them in some quantity. I am not sure I have enough for every person in the CSA to get a plant, and also not sure everyone wants one. So if you would like one, please email or text me at 253 677 9393 -- with your name attached, that you would like one and we will harvest a plant for you this week.
Have a wonderful week-- Pumpkin Patch starts this weekend!
Claudia, Jim, Stephanie and Evan