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CSA 2014 – Week 9

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It’s a bit wet around here today!

It was raining when we went to bed last evening, and it was still raining when we awoke this morning.

The rain gauge showed …

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… a lot of rain!

Needless to say, things were pretty sloppy around the farm today.

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This is usually a nice, firm, grassy pathway.

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The squash patch.

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The pear orchard. The ditch is the tall, grassy area in the middle – slightly overflowing its banks!

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The path to the house where our workers live.

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This train stopped at about 7:30 am and stayed parked – blocking our road – for most of the day. Apparently a section of the railway tracks was washed out a ways up the line. Finally at 4:30 pm it moved out.

By lunchtime most of the precipitation was over and we headed out to do some harvesting.

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Picking raspberries was a bit of an adventure!

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Much of the vegetables were under water.

But be managed to get most of our produce picked for the East York Farmers’ Market & our CSA on Tuesday.

What’s in the box?

Onions, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant & beans.

  • Guess the onions got washed in the field – zucchini too!
  • Tomatoes were in short supply last week, but there are more this week – everybody gets a few big red ones in their share. We were hoping to include some cherry tomatoes as well, but the rain really cracked them & reduced the quantity.
  • Cucumbers are nobody’s favourite vegetable to pick, but they sure taste good! This year we are growing a beautiful, smooth, green, variety.
  • I stand corrected. Last week I said that eggplant were not popular with our CSA members. But when we offered them as an extra, they were scooped up quickly. And so eggplant are in your share again – all colours, shapes & sizes.
  • The green beans & striped dragon’s tongue beans have been coming along beautifully. We expected to offer a good portion in the box, but right now they are under water – and beans don’t like to get wet! It starts all sorts of diseases, especially rust. So depending on whether or not they dry out, you may or may not get beans this week.

Also damaged by the excess rain was the lettuce. It will not be part of your share this week. There will be more lettuce coming soon though.

We harvested the first peaches today. Maybe by next week there will be enough to offer them in the CSA share.

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Little Bear – who rarely allows her picture to be taken.  She had the misfortune to be outside all night during the storm. She spent the day drying out, feeling sorry for herself, sleeping  … and sneezing.

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3 thoughts on “CSA 2014 – Week 9

  1. Poor little Bear! That is one wet and soggy farm, wow! How long did it take to dry up?

    • Little Bear dried up the same day.
      The farm took a couple of days. By Wed. very little signs of water.

  2. That’s a lot of rain! Hope there wasn’t too much damage besides the lettuce :-/ ❤ ❤

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