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Chatfield CSA e-news for October 16-18

Posted 10/13/2018 8:37am by Josie Hart.

Dear shareholders,

If you haven't been to Pumpkin Fest yet, come on down! It's great to see our usually quiet and tranquil farm host thousands of people, and food trucks and beer tent and kid's games and general festive energy. And as a plant person that it all centers around a winter squash is even better! With snow and bitterly cold temperatures tomorrow we are ending Pumpkin Fest a day early, so come revel in the sun today!

We're hoping for two more weeks of distributions but our final seedings of crops like radishes, hakurei turnips, lettuce and bok choy haven't sized up quite yet so depending on how cold it gets over the weekend we might have some rather spartan last pick-ups. Chatfield Farms is located down in a real low spot surrounded by the hogback on one side, high ground with housing developments on two, and then Chatfield Reservoir on the other. This arrangement can protect us from a lot of the more extreme weather, such as two recent hailstorms in which the housing developments literally had to plow the streets of hail and we didn't even get a drop of precipitation. It also has the tendency to trap cold air right above our fields so I know that our fields are usually 2 degrees colder than the predictions for the Chatfield Reservoir area, and they have been dropping the lows all the way down to 16 degrees, so that could spell trouble for our baby crops! Yesterday we nestled them under a couple of layers of rowcover, so that should help, and actually, some snow would help to insulate them a lot. 

WINTER EGG SHARE:

Our farm partner Amish Acres would like to continue providing you with farm-fresh eggs throughout the winter. If you would like to sign up for eggs, please email josie.hart@botanicgardens.org to find out more. We will not be able to provide egg shares if we have fewer than 20 shares, so invite a friend or neighbor to sign up, too!

HARVEST LIST:

  • Onions
  • Winter squash
  • Kale
  • Watermelon radishes
  • Leeks

*Please note the exact share may change due to weather or crop conditions.