I would like to take a minute to talk about CSA Share pickup protocol…..we are well into the delivery season, but I’m still receiving phone calls from members who have forgotten to pick up their share, and site hosts are still talking about members wandering around on their porches at all times of the night and morning! Please….if you are unable to pick up your CSA Share by the 7pm deadline (or whatever the deadline is for your market site or residential site) ALWAYS call your site host first! If you wait until the next morning to call me at the office, your share might not still be available. I am more than happy to share your site host contact info with you, and they are happy to make arrangements if you are late or unable to come at the designated time. Both the site hosts and the farm are invested in you receiving your veggies, but you have to help us help you do so!! Please contact me if you need your site host contact info.
- Stir Fry Mix
- Kale, Curly
- Yellow Onions
- Red Bartlett Pears
Welcome to the week of the Fall Equinox! It’s easy to welcome the change of season when you come to work and are greeted with scenes such as these….
Guess there is no denying it now, especially with the rain arriving….fall is upon us. We’ve had a good summer, and all good things must come to an end, so they say. Plus, with the earth spinning our place on the planet away from the sun, the cooler weather is inevitable. We’ll just have to console ourselves with food! Leeks, potatoes, squashes…now those are comfort foods extraordinaire!
Today was our first leek harvest of the season and they look amazing! Along with the potato harvest earlier this week, you will have all of the makings of a spectacular Potato Leek soup! I found some other recipes that you will hopefully enjoy to use these versatile crops. Erik, Chad, and Josh are making sure they arrive clean and neatly trimmed for you!
You will also see some Red Bartlett Pears in your boxes this week. They may need to sit on
your counter for a day or two, or if you would like to ripen them even sooner, you can place them in a paper sack.We are fortunate to be working with Mt. Hood Organic Farms once again this season. Mt. Hood Organic Farms is a family run farm, operated by Brady and John Jacobson, who began working the orchards in 1981, although the farm dates to the turn of the century (the main farmhouse was build in 1904). Inspired by European techniques and committed to sustainable land use, the Jacobsons undertook an extensive orchard renovation and transition to organic farming that resulted in full organic certification in 1989—the first farm in the valley to achieve this status. Numerous publications from The Oregonian to The Good Fruit Grower have written articles about the farm, and the BBC and PBS have also interviewed and filmed here.
As better reflects their view of the importance of the integration of natural landscape and wildlife into their farming practices, and returning to the deeper origins of the organic movement, Brady and John also became certified Biodynamic® growers. They also take pride in selling directly to loyal customers of the farm, as well as to regional and national markets. A portion of their produce is also donated to School Aid®, a program in partnership with local markets. We feel blessed to be able to share the fruits of their labor with you all.
Last week, as I mentioned earlier, we dug the potatoes that are in your share this week…I thought you all might like to see our “potato diggers” in action. While most videos say “turn up the volume”, I’ll warn to to lower it! Our digger is a bit on the loud side, which is why Jeremy, Jimi, Erik and Efrain area ll wearing ear protection!! Enjoy….
Winter Green Farm potato digger! This piece of equipment has a shovel that digs below the potato plant. The plant then travels up onto the metal conveyor…the plants either fall away, or are pulled away by the crew, as the potatoes continue on the conveyor. The crew then quickly sorts and pushes the good potatoes to the side, where they are then carried toward the bagging station. As the bags fill up, the crew lifts them off the machine, into the field row. When they reach the end of the row, the crew walks back up the row, picking up any potatoes that might have not made it onto the conveyor.
We hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy your veggies!
Linda and all of the Winter Green Farmers