04 Nov Carrot time!
Unseasonably warm weather has put a spring in our step as we reach the home stretch of the CSA. It certainly feels a little strange to be this warm during harvest in November, but we’re not complaining! We’ll take t-shirts over frosty fingers any day! The share this week contains a few new items…arugula, popcorn and carrots. Check out my popping instructions in last season’s blog post if you are new to popping your own corn. A few blisters later, we got most all the kernels off the cobs for you. I did go ahead and purchase a hand crank sheller- (after we’d shelled most of it by hand of course 🙁 ). Hopefully it will allow us to increase production even more next year, as it is one of those crops that just tastes so remarkably better “homegrown”.
Another crop with a stupendous flavor is the frost nipped carrots. Oh so sweet and glowing with orange goodness, store bought carrots trucked in from California literally pale in comparison. They were a major success story of this season’s new machinery acquisition of a tractor drawn vacuum seeder. Sowing at the exact spacing we wanted completely eliminated the need to go through and thin the extra plants out. We are also pleased with the choice in carrot variety- certified organic seed, 50 days to harvest, and a great taste. That’s a win win!
Reminder- this week is the last boxed delivery share, as well as the last week for on-farm half shares week A. Next week (Nov. 10 and 12th) is the last week for on-farm full shares and half shares week B. Thanksgiving box details were emailed out separately today. If you did not receive an email and wish to purchase a box, please email us directly and we will contact you.
Post and photos by Tricia Borneman, Blooming Glen farmer and co-owner. Tricia and her husband Tom have been farming together since 2000. Blooming Glen Farm is celebrating its 10th season bringing high quality certified organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and cut flowers to our local community.