Here we are at the end of the road for the 2023 CSA season. We delivered the last Sunday share this past Sunday (September 24); this week we will deliver our last Thursday and Saturday shares. That will end the season, but we are hoping to do two on-farm holiday markets before Thanksgiving and again before Christmas. This year, as last year, the late summer drought and heat have interfered with our plans to offer a fall CSA share.
Beginning in October we will be focusing efforts on preparing our garden beds in the high tunnels (greenhouses) for the two holiday markets before Thanksgiving and Christmas and for getting an early start to the 2024 season. We will continue to attend the Berea Farmers Market and Lexington Farmers Market as long as we have produce available. If things go as expected, we will be starting the CSA season in late April. Everyone is excited for spring veggies, and our high tunnels and greenhouses allow us to keep pushing the season earlier and earlier each year, with the goal of year round veggies!
Every year has a couple of vegetables that really take center stage. This year the award goes to the butternut squash! The peppers have given them some competition, but at the end of the day, butternut squash is the one item that you can count on being in your pantry for most of the winter. Here is a link to a great variety of recipes from pasta to pies to soups. Some recipes require peeling and dicing while others are as simple as cutting in half and filling with goodness that can step in as a full meal. I’ve already made two pies substituting squash for the pumpkin, but there are countless savory recipes to enjoy in the coming fall and winter months.
Thank you for being in our CSA this year and for your patience with us as we grow our garden and grow our efforts to provide local food to our friends and neighbors from the banks of Paint Lick Creek. We look forward to seeing you all at our holiday farm events in November and December.