Preparations for Autumn

Hey, we’ve come to the end of another summer CSA season and I’m tired.  Mar and I are motoring over to Duluth on Sunday after the farmers market on Satuday and we’re taking the kids to the Black Hills next week for vacation.  We’re been harvesting, washing, and packing produce 6 of every 7 days for the last four months….it will be nice to take a break.

When we return there’s still preparations before freeze up.  We’ll need to take out tomato trellis, disk the fields, and plant our rye cover crop.  Wood needs to be stacked, a cabins needs winterizing, and I have a plan to build a sauna this fall.  We still even planting late season greens since we’re going into our third year of the winter CSA.

So, as you look to preparing for the cold weather yourself, let me get a couple things on your radar:

  1. Buy Some Meat: Our members, the Nordgrens, farm west of Pelican and have beef and pork available for sale this fall.  Contact them at 218-340-2423 or if interested.
  2. Fall CSA Share: We’re planning on delivering “Halloween” and “Thanksgiving” boxes of good fall crops and some greens.  I’ll be sending out an email to give you a chance to sign up.  
Thank you, CSA members, for joining us for the ride this year and thank all others who read this blog.  I hope my words give you some insights into our farm life, provide a few things to ponder, and maybe provide a little humor.  -Ryan.  

In the box:

  • Celariac: Yes, this is a crazy looking vegetable, I know.  It’s the ugly bulb on the end of a skinny celery stalk.  You use the bulb in cooking anywhere you’d use celery.  
  • Autumn Greens: These greens in the bag are young and mild, so you could use as you would salad mix/lettuce or use to finish off a dish where you’d cook down some greens. 
  • Chiogga Beets 
  • Sunshine Kaboca Squash 
  • Acorn or Carnival Buttercup Squash
  • Red Onion
  • Parsley
  • Parsnips: The white carrot-looking things
  • Pie Pumpkins 
  • Cabbage: Not the prettiest cabbage I’ve grown…

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