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Farm Update #11, Week 9, August 11th delivery

Starbrite Farm Update #11
Hi Everyone,

This past week we finished harvesting the onion crop, which is a great
relief. With these wet and humid conditions everyday that they
remained in the field they were in danger of rotting. Now we can turn
our attention to other pressing matters such as getting the weeds
under control in the winter squash and elsewhere, and beginning to
transplant the fall broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.

The beets have finally sized up so we will be shipping them this week.
There will be some regular purple types and some Chioggia beets, an
Italian heirloom, also known as Candy cane which is white with red
rings inside. The eggplant and tomatoes have begun to produce so they
will be in the share for this week as well.

The tomatoes are rather small and there aren’t that many ripe just
yet, but it’s a start. The truth is that my tomato crop looks terrible
and I don’t expect a very good season for tomatoes this year. You have
probably heard about the problem of late blight on tomatoes in NJ.
This disease, also known as phytoptera is what caused the Irish potato
famine, and is quite devastating. I heard that one local farm lost
their entire crop of tomatoes and potatoes. Fortunately we have not
seen any sign of it yet here at the farm. But there is a plethora of
other diseases affecting the tomatoes; even the tomatoes in the
greenhouse have been affected.

We still have an abundance of the sweet onion, so we will be sending
these again this week, as they aren’t great keepers. While I normally
only send one member of the Allium family each week, I know that many
of you are waiting for more garlic, so we will be sending it as

The share for this week will be: Red Boston lettuce, garlic, sweet
onions, All Blue potatoes, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, fennel, string
beans, and choice of an herb.

The fruit share will be nectarines and Kagman apples.
Farmer John

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admin-y stuff

Enid has posted the latest Havenwood Farm egg/broiler/soap/jam order form for July and August on the  google group .  The order form is for July and August, and so if you are interested in getting anything delivered during August be sure to mail it to him soon.  He needs to have the order form and check prior to delivery.

Enid’s also posted the CSA directory on the google group in case you need to reach other members to cover work shifts you’ve signed up for and can’t make, or need someone to pick up your vegetables for you, etc.
Only CSA members have access to this website and therefore to the directory.

And don’t forget! I’ve also set up an unmoderated discussion group on yahoo for Montclair-CSA
members to share ideas, annouce personal happenings, etc.  Membership is currently moderated at the moment, just so it doesn’t ‘get too spammy and participation is optional, of course.

Finally, our new CSA site on Nassau Rd is in its third week and doing well!  If you’re interested in joining, we’re able to take a few more members on, so please visit the Join Up! section here for more info.

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Farm Update #10, Week 8, August 4th delivery

(hi all, sorry I’m a bit late with the blog update! vacation intervened…)
Hello Folks,

I am once again late in writing the update, and for that I apologize
to those who are waiting to know what they will receive this week. All
I can say is that I am a bit overwhelmed at the moment trying to keep
up with so many battles on so many fronts.

We have just passed another wet spell with almost 4” of rain falling
during the past week. This has created various problems such as not
being able to harvest potatoes with my mechanical digger, and setting
me back on my planting of fall crops. And yet I count myself lucky
that it has been only rain.  In the nearby Borough of Andover roofs
were ripped off building by a mini tornado and an orchard close by
suffered extensive damage from hail. I also heard on the radio of a
farm that was almost completely destroyed by a tornado. We are once
again in the position of having to harvest thousands of heads of
lettuce or lose them. Both of my coolers are already completely full,
so I have no more space to store anything. For this reason we will be
shipping 2 heads of lettuce in the share this week. I hope you’re in
the mood for lots of salads!

We are sending red onions this week and this particular crop was
damaged by the hailstorm in June. Because of the torn leaves, water
was able to enter and has caused some to have a single rotten layer
inside. It is all but impossible to tell which ones have this
condition and generally the rest of the onion is fine. I apologize and
ask your indulgence in this regard if you receive some of these. We
harvested most of the onions from the other farm this past week and
they are hanging to dry. Since there was no hail at this location they
look good, so I expect the onions later in the season will not have
this problem.

The share for this week will be: Romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce,
carrots, green peppers, white potatoes, red onions, string beans, and
choice of parsley or basil.

The fruit share this week will
be peaches and blueberries
Farmer John

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