October 21, 2010
CSA - Week 19
Week 19: Eggs, watermelon, zucchini, butternut squash, grape tomatoes, tomatoes, assorted hot peppers, yellow beans, potatoes, ornamental corn, mini pumpkins, and a jack-o-lantern pumpkin. I gave the jack-o-lantern pumpkin to my friend to carve with her children.
This week, instead of going to the farmer's market to pick up the CSA share, the farmer invited us to their farm. I am amazed that one family can keep all of it going. They hire some help, but mostly they do all the work themselves.
These are rows and rows of strawberry plants. 25,000 strawberry plants that were planted by hand. They'll grow over the winter and be kept warm with blankets. They have a cannon machine nearby that makes a loud noise every few minutes at night to keep away the deer, who like to munch on the plants. I was too busy looking at animals and supervising pony rides with my friends' children to explore the greenhouses where many of the plants are grown.