We are rapidly passing into late September and yet it feels like their is so much season left. The summery sun and temperatures almost have me fooled before I am reminded that this week last year ended in a three night series of hard freezes. While the forecasters have not called for any such threats in our immediate future, the ever shorter day length and mature pumpkins put the writing on the wall – the growing season is going to wind down.
Another season of climate records, this time in the category of heat, provided lots of opportunity for the eggplant, peppers, squash, corn and other heat loving crops to flourish this year. We are beginning to bring in the winter squash, the potatoes are setting skins in the field and the time is now to start thinking about storing away produce for the colder months.
Right now we have a few bulk deals:
Red and Yellow Sweet Pepper 2nds – $40/bushel (20lbs) – the peppers are thick walled, and abundant this season, allowing us to offer the *barely* blemished as 2nds and at a significant discount. We recommend roasting and canning, or simply chopping and freezing for winter chilis, stir fry, and sauces
Sweet Corn – half sized, fully sweet and juicy, much of our crop has put out secondary ears that are perfect for late season corn on the cob as well freezing/canning. Call for details on pricing
Coming up in October we expect to have:
Potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash (butternut, buttercup, kabocha, delicata), storage carrots, beets, rutabagas, watermelon radish, and various cabbages.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support both at the Plainfield Farmers Market and the Coop!