Fall-like weather seems a little earlier than usual this year (no complaints here), and our fall crops are a little ahead of schedule as well. The sweet potatoes are ready to go, and we're adding kale to our greens offerings this week. We grow two varieties of kale: Red Russian and Tuscan kale. The Red Russian kale is very sweet and tender, and tends to be the choice variety for those of you who like to juice your kale or make kale chips. Tuscan kale (also sometimes referred to as Dino kale or Lacinato kale) has a sturdier texture and slightly more assertive flavor - this one is my favorite for simple sauteed greens. I like to cut the leaves into thin strips, heat a bit of olive oil in a large pan, throw in some minced garlic, then add the kale and cook until it's just barely wilted.
We're cutting the last of the baby bok choy this week (more to come in a few weeks). The larger bok choy have a seen a bit of insect damage, but a few holes in the leaves doesn't make them inedible, and we've knocked our price back a bit to compensate for it. We seem to have an army of tree frogs out there on the fall greens this year. We're enjoying their chirping frog songs every evening, as well as the fact that they're out there gobbling up any damaging insects!
In other fall-related news, we get quite a few inquiries about a fall and winter CSA program now. In the past, we've only accepted new memberships in the first few months of the calendar year. No more! We're now accepting new memberships at any time. We already offer one of the most flexible CSA programs you'll find in the area, in that we allow you to choose what you want each week, in the quantities you'd like, when and where you want it. Now you can also sign on at any time you'd like. Your investment in the farm gives you a credit account with our farm that you may spend down as you see fit, with an expiration date of 12 months after we receive your payment. Current CSA members - some of you tend to run low on funds by the end of the summer. We have about an acre of beautiful fall and winter crops planted, and hope you'll continue to eat with us through the back half of the year. If you choose to add to your CSA account, all funds are good for 12 months after we receive your payment. Please visit our website over here if you are interested in more details. Feel free to contact me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org (much easier to reach me through email; I'm rarely hanging out by the phone).