Week 18 CSA from Valley Flora!

  • Bunched Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Eggplant
  • Head Lettuce
  • Walla Walla Sweet Onions
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Painted Purple Potatotes
  • Zucchini

On Rotation:

  • Cilantro
  • Zucchini
  • Heirloom Tomatoes

The tug-o-war between summer and fall is palpable. There are moments in a day when I want to make a dash for the swimming hole; a half hour later I'm reaching for another layer and a warm hat. Fingers of refrigerator chill have been slinking up the valley from the coastal fog bank that looms out to the west. Last night rain, this morning sun. A sudden greening of our summer-parched yard. 

It means that our week is choreographed once again to the weather forecast: always the inevitable scurry before the next rain, and lots of time cleaning onions in the greenhouse when it's wet. We cross our fingers for enough dry days to get the winter squash and potato harvest in, and enough rainy days to water in newly-seeded cover crops and to soften up ground that needs to be worked. There is an urgency to all of it, knowing that the dry days might be numbered and our window to get so many things done is shrinking. It's our final big crescendo before the lovely mellowing that November always brings to our farming rhythm. This year, we're feeling the squeeze more than usual because our storage crops - namely onions and winter squash - are coming out of the field about 3 weeks later than usual. That gives us precious little time to shift that ground into cover crop before it's too wet. Fall is always a dance, but thankfully we have a great cast working together to make it all happen.