What’s been going on!
Cover crops seeded! Not up but everything is done and waiting on rain, unfortunately none in the forecast for maybe several weeks now, just as I feared, oh well, it will happen and we will enjoy the amazing weather in the meantime.
It has been a really busy week. Betsy just back last night from the Association of Specialty Cut Flowers (ASCFG) annual meeting in Delaware where she saw lots of old friends, learned a few new things and oversaw the successful benefit auction to raise money for cut flower research. Last week was also the culmination of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) 20th anniversary with three separate events and a board meeting, it is sometimes hard to believe that it has been 20 years already. Sunday was the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) Crop Hop to raise money for their very important Farm Sustainability work which, amongst other things, has helped save hundreds of family farms from going out of business.
Last night I was on a panel with Amy Tornquist of Watts Grocery and Jared Cates of CFSA for the first of the Triangle Land Conservancy’s Wild Ideas speaker series. We all shared thoughts on not only where the local food movement is in this area and some ideas of what needs to be done to help increase the availability and access to locally produced food. A good discussion with about 70 folks. Fortunately the calendar is clear for the next several weeks, whew!
Picture of the Week
Two acres of soil and beds ready for 2015, just waiting for the rain
What’s going to be at the market?
The last dark, 7:00 a.m. market tomorrow! Nov. 1st begins the 9:00 start.
Only a few more weeks of Peppers, fewer but still plenty of Red Bells and some yellow too. Red, yellow and orange Corno di Toros. Peppers with little or no heat- Shishitos and Padrons for appetizers and Aji’s, the habanero without heat.
In hots less Poblanos and Anaheims but plenty of Jalapenos, Serranos, Cayennes, Picante Pimentos and a few Pasillas, Piquillos.
Greens season again with beautiful Little Gem lettuce, along with Red Leaf and Green
Boston. Escarole for fall soups and the first Radicchio. Lacinato Kale, early Collards and Bok Choi. Winter Squash- Spaghetti Squash, Butternut, Acorn and Sweet Dumpling. Carolina Ruby Sweet Potatoes, they all go great with chiles or our Baby Ginger!
It is also roots season with tender white Japanese Turnips, Easter Egg Radishes, Watermelon and Black Spanish Radishes. Beets with all three types Red, Golden and the striped Chioggia. Carrots too! The first Fennel of the season. Beautiful Cilantro.
As a reminder if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.
Hope to see you all at the market!
Alex, Betsy and Jennie