Whats in the Box?
Notes From the Field
It is a fun time to be a farmer.
As fall settles in, we start to think about the big harvests. As you can tell, we have spent a lot of the season harvesting to bring you the items in your box each week, but usually these are relatively small harvests. We will bring in a few hundred pounds of produce each week, with each item representing a percentage of that total. However, there are the few items that we wait for all season and then spend much of the fall harvesting, washing, and packing for the upcoming months.
These are my favorite types of crops. Carrots, cabbages, potatoes, Brussels sprouts - these all will be harvested and packed away in our root cellar so that we can continue to offer products throughout the winter. We will haul in thousands of pounds of these items, which can be tiring, but is also incredibly rewarding. There is not much more satisfying than seeing literal tons of carrots stacked on trailers from a day's harvest.
We are also trying a few new items this year, as well. We planted a few new varieties of popcorn, including one with black kernels. We are not yet certain that they will mature in time, given that we have not gotten much heat this year, which is something corn loves. We also planted several varieties of dry beans. These will be harvested, dried (as needed), threshed to remove the pods and stems, and then cleaned for storage. They are gorgeous, and I am sure they will be delicious, though it is still a little early for them to be eaten.
We hope you are enjoying your fall as much as we are, and as always, thank you for your support!
A quick note - some of you are receiving edamame in this week's share, which is a Japanese soy bean. If you have a soy allergy, this should be avoided - it may be obvious, but we wanted to make sure that was noted, in case there was any question.
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