What’s been going on!
Welcome to Augtober as they called it on the news this morning. While it is not unusual to have temperatures in to the high 80’s well into October the average high for us at the farm is more like the mid 70’s. Fall will come, fall will come, fall will come soon we hope.
We do have the late mornings and low angle light of fall. The day length drops over 2 minutes a day through the month of October losing a whole hour of light by the time November arrives, it is an amazing change to both people and crops. The last of the fall crops are going into the ground this week, lettuces and radishes for December, with the lettuces in the sliding tunnels to protect their growth as the temperatures eventually drop.
In the next few weeks we will begin planting and seeding crops for next spring, over wintered flowers like Larkspur and Sweet William and bulbs like Anemones and Ranunculus. Despite the current high temperatures, effectively the 2018 season is now being wrapped up with no new crops going into the soil. It is all about cultivation, which is less as the weeds are slower to grow not too, and harvest for market. Fall is here by the calendar if nothing else.
Picture of the Week
The last of the lettuces going in the ground on a dark morning
What’s going to be at the market?
Peppers still coming and we plan to roast through October, get them while you can.
Plenty of Red Bells and Yellow Bells, Corno di Toros in red, yellow and orange and the sweet Cubanelle. Sweet Pimiento, Jimmy Nardelo frying peppers and Spanish Piquillo. Aji Dulce, the habanero without heat.
In hot peppers Passillas, Fresnos, our own Picante Pimiento, Jalapenos and Serranos. Nice and meaty Anaheims and for the. Still light on Poblanos.
Plenty of the Shishito and Padron appetizer peppers prepared the same easy with a quick blister in a pan then sprinkled with salt and eaten whole. Get some of both and do your own comparison.
Some Lettuce this week. Japanese Salad Turnips, Red Radishes and the first Watermelon Radishes of the fall. Fairy Tale Eggplants, the striped Nubia and Italian Heirloom Eggplants too. Fresh Baby Ginger is back for the fall! Fennel for fall dishes. Butternut squash and Seminole Pumpkins too.
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. Just so you know, sometimes not everything listed will be at the Wednesday market.
Hope to see you all at the market!
Alex, Betsy and Jennie
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Would you be good enough to roast 10 lbs of peppers for us this week? Lots of romesco sauce to hold us through the long winter months! Many thanks and best wishes. Brian