Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter — Sept. 11, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

Think we’ve had enough rain for a while? It’s great to be seeing the sun again!

Although it got plenty muddy last week at both of our farms, our plants generally weren’t distressed by all the water. Shows you how dry things had been previously, maybe. We have had problems with insects, though, recently. They’re the reason that while we planned to send you collard greens in last week’s CSA vegetables shares, we didn’t – when we went to pick the collards, they had been attacked. We apologize for having focused so much on collards in last week’s newsletter, and then not sending any! We’re hoping to get past the insects and be able to share another harvest of collards before the end of the season.

Weather and insects have taken a toll on our harvests this summer, more than some years. We don’t want to sound whiny about this; we just want to reflect the realities of farming to you, and for you to understand how disappointed we are that we haven’t been able to send you certain wonderful vegetables this summer! For instance, weirdly, our Early Purple Vienna kohlrabi never formed bulbs this summer:

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Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Sept. 4, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

Happy September! Are you as muddy as we are, now? We’ve had a lot of rain recently, but the vegetables are liking it, so we are, too! We hope you’ve been getting just enough rain, and not too much.

At our Runnells farm, we’re keeping up with the chickens and eggs, and continuing to work on our goat fencing! If you were receiving these newsletters last summer, you’ll recall that we spent quite a bit of time fencing our new, big chicken pasture. We grow fences at Runnells!

At our Redfield farm, this week, we’re planting lettuce and bunching onions in our high tunnel, for harvesting later this fall. We’re also starting to harvest some of our pumpkins and winter squash! Our squash have been doing really well this year, and we’re looking forward to bringing you some big, beautiful butternuts and other winter squashes.

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Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – August 31, 2018

Dear Friends of Raccoon Forks Farms –

It’s transition time! That mixed time of year when many human activities suggest autumn – the State Fair’s come and gone, school’s back in session – but the weather says it’s still summer. It’s definitely summer at the Farms, although the transition is apparent here, too: our hot weather vegetables like tomatoes and peppers and beans are still thriving, but we’re also starting to harvest “fall” crops such as lettuce, kale, and carrots. Before fall really comes, it’s time to enjoy both!

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