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week 10 update

Hi all,

Sorry for the late notice.  John didn’t send his farm update until
after I went to bed last night.  I chatted with John at the market on
Sunday.  Apparently, the tomatoes and melon crops love this summer’s
heat, but greens are having a hard time.  The vegetable share for this
week will be:  Tomatoes, beets, potatoes, leeks, tomatoes, melons and /
or watermelons, beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant (maybe), choice of
cherry tomatoes or ground cherries, choice of an herb and more
tomatoes.

Last week’s gigantic fruit share was actually twice the amount we will
normally get.  The peach crop this season has been spectacular and
Ginger wanted to share their bounty with CSA members.  She sent down
20 pounds of peaches each, instead of our usual 10 pounds.  I skinned,
sliced and froze a lot, made a peach pie for my in-laws and will make
another tonight.  Even my neighbors are benefiting from this peach
bonanza.  This week we are back to a regular size delivery and have a
combination of Gingergold apples and yellow peaches.

Best,
Enid

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Starbrite Farm Update #12

Hi Folks,

This will be a brief update, since I am late in writing it. My
computer died last week and after determining that it was not worth
fixing, today I purchased a new one. Between setting it up, learning
my way around a different operating system and getting the farm work
done, it’ been a hectic day.

Greens continue to be scarce and we have run out of lettuce as well.
We’ve been planting more and should have some again in about a month.
Spinach and arugula are up and growing and should be ready about the
same time- in Mid-September.

Meanwhile, tomatoes and melons are ripening rapidly and ground
cherries are falling to the ground profusely. For those of you new to
the CSA, ground cherries are an odd fruit in the solanaceous (tomato)
family closely related to tomatillos, having the same paper husk
around the fruit. They are the size of cherries and they fall off the
plant when ripe so we gather them off the ground, hence the name. They
are very sweet and have a unique nutty pineapple flavor. They are one
of those items that people either love or hate, so we will send them
as a choice with cherry tomatoes.

We had a couple of days of drizzle this past week, which while it was
enough to help some of my recently planted seeds to come up, didn’t do
much for the overall soil moisture  levels. We have a couple of more
chances for rain this week, so hopefully we will receive some more
substantial precipitation.

The share for this week will be:  Tomatoes, beets, potatoes, leeks,
tomatoes, melons and /or watermelons, beans, tomatoes, peppers,
eggplant (maybe), choice of cherry tomatoes or ground cherries, choice
of an herb and more tomatoes.

Enjoy!
Farmer John

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