Last Outdoor Farmers Market, Farm Share Updates and more
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Reminders & Announcements
This week, we deliver to all Fall Vegetable and Egg Share members.
Thanksgiving Week Delivery Schedule (Week of 11/19) - We will deliver the final Fall Shares (weekly vegetable members only) to all sites on Tuesday, November 20th. Pickup hours will remain the same. Please reach out to Jen if you'd like to make an alternative pickup arrangement.
2019 Farm Shares Available - Early farm share registration helps us to better plan for the upcoming season. As a thank you, renewing members can save 5% on Spring/Summer/Fall Vegetable Package Share and/or the Summer Fruit Package Share through November 30th. Please use discount code renew at checkout. Sharing local, family scale food with our community is at the heart of our farm. Your membership makes this possible. Thank you!
This Week's Vegetable Harvest:
White Button Mushrooms - from River Valley Ranch, Burlington, WI
Butternut Squash - from Big Patch Farm's Amish Community Growers, Platteville, WI
Farm Photo Journal
In addition to our CSA / Farm Share Program, we also attend the Oak Park Farmers' Market each week from May through October. Last Saturday, we wrapped up our season at the market, which marks a tradition of participating in this market for 13 years.
We started our participation when we lived in Oak Park with our newborn son, Owen. On Saturdays, Jeff worked at different farmers' market stands at the market while Jen would visit the market with the baby. Jeff spoke to farmers each week, learned about their growing practices and participated in displaying and selling the produce each week, all the while dreaming of someday growing local food.
Fast forward a few years and we're thrilled to offer the organic produce we grow to the Oak Park community. We also hope to inspire the next generation of farmers who work (and have fun!) with us at our market stand.
As we did last year, we'll take our market stand indoors starting in November as we participate in the Sugar Beet Food Co-op'sWinter European Farmers' Market in Oak Park. We enjoy community at our markets and meeting a diverse group of supportive people who appreciate local, family-scale farming. Thank you to everyone who visited the market this season!
Back at the farm, we continue to tend the winter crops and work on fall projects. Fall also signals a time of reflection, planning and evaluation. We welcome our members and customers feedback into our farm planning process so we'll be sharing a brief survey with you soon. Thank you in advance for your thoughts!
Enjoy this week's sunshine and your share of the harvest!
Jeff, Jen and the farm crew
Notes from the Farm Kitchen
Spinach is making a strong showing this autumn with plenty with some moderate temperatures for seeds to germinate, cool weather to allowing to grow slowly, and plenty of water and sunlight to develop its deep green color. While we grow plenty of spinach in our hoophouses for winter, this week's spinach harvest comes from the field.
Beautyheart Radishes, also known as Watermelon Radishes, are unsuspecting on the outside but a brilliant, beautiful pink on the inside. These radishes are known as storage radishes as they are meant to grow to a much larger size than an average radish. Beautyhearts are a little sweeter and less spicy than traditional radishes, and we use them similarly as a delicious addition to sandwiches, salads or on a vegetable platter. We had a great crop this season, so we'll continue to share with you. They will store for months when stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.