CSA 2018: Week 19

Hard to believe that we’re already on the second to last week of CSA. We still have lots of roots like potatoes, carrots, and beets to harvest, but the farm has definitely slowed down a lot. We’ll stay busy into November putting the hoop houses to bed, seeding cover crop, finishing the harvest, and planting some winter crops.

Remember that the last CSA pick up will be next Wednesday, October 17 so don’t miss it! This last distribution will be a double share to make up for the week we skipped in July. We’re going to do a market-style set up and, instead of packing shares, we’ll bring a big selection of produce (plenty of goodies for winter storage) and let you guys pick out whatever you want, up to $45 worth of produce. You are welcome to purchase additional produce as well if you really need to stock up! We’ll also have some warm drinks and treats so we can celebrate the end of a successful season together!

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This week we have a nice fall-flavored share for ya: kale, carrots, romaine, radishes, red onions, garlic, and kabocha squash.

Kabocha squash is a Japanese winter squash that has a sweet, nutty flavor and velvety texture. It’s super versatile and easy to use so go nuts!

Sad News

Many of you know Tali, Keegan’s little farm dog with the funky walk and crazy medical history. Tali died last week from complications of a severe seizure. She was a little puppy way back at the start of River City Farm and was about to turn six this month. Despite her myriad health issues, Tali lived a big life and brought us daily joy and humor. The farm is very quiet without her.

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CSA 2018: Week 18

Holy October! Hard to believe that it’s full-on-fall and we’re in the home stretch of our CSA for the year. September was full of autumn weather and light frosts, but October showed its teeth right off the bat with a 27 degree night on Tuesday. That took care of the rest of the melons, tomatoes, and cucumbers, and we had to scramble to get the rest of the squash out of the field, but awesome fall greens, roots, and brassicas are still going strong! Plus we still have tons of great storage crops like winter squash, potatoes, onions, garlic, etc.

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We have a couple of very important CSA updates for you so please read on!

We’ll get the easy one out of the way first. Your last CSA pick up will be Wednesday, October 17. This last distribution will be a double share to make up for the week we skipped in July. We’re going to do a market-style set up and, instead of packing shares, we’ll bring a big selection of produce (plenty of goodies for winter storage) and let you guys pick out whatever you want, up to $45 worth of produce. You are welcome to purchase additional produce as well if you really need to stock up! We’ll also have some warm drinks and treats so we can celebrate the end of a successful season together!

Ok. Now for the hard part. Due to changing circumstances in our financial and personal lives, Adam and I have decided to take a temporary step back from farming next year and focus on our families and other projects. We will still be farming part time but will only be able to grow a very limited number of crops for wholesale. Unfortunately the CSA and the farmers market require too much crop diversity and time commitment for us to try to pull off next year. This is a big scary change for us and we are so sad to miss a CSA season, as growing food for our loyal friends and members is one of our favorite parts of farming. We are going to miss you guys soooooo much! Adam and I see our pared down 2019 season as an opportunity for us to decide on the best direction for Victory Farm. The CSA could very well be back in 2020, we just need some time to do some strategic planning and financial catch up.

We continue to be amazed by the support of all of our amazing CSA members and customers. Some of you have been with us since the beginning of Moscow Urban Farm Company and River City Farm and made the transition with us to Victory Farm. And here’s yet another transition for ya! Running a business is never straightforward, but our farming journey has been especially rollercoaster-like and we can’t begin to express our gratitude to all of you for your commitment and love on this crazy ride. You put an incredible amount of trust in us by allowing us to grow your family’s food and we are so grateful to provide this service to you and the rest of our community. Adam and I know that this will be a challenging transition and are super open to any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Feel free to email us or talk to us during distribution. Stay in touch!

And now….back to your scheduled broadcast! This week in your CSA you’ll find cantaloupe, red romaine lettuce, frisee, haukeri turnips, broccoli, sweet dumpling squash, poblano peppers, and padron peppers.

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You guys have had all of these veggies at some point this season except for sweet dumpling squash. These adorable, super sweet squashes are both Adam and my favorite winter squash and we eat the heck out of them! I love them thinly sliced and roasted on a cookie sheet, while Adam loves them stuffed.

CSA 2018: Week 13

This time around you guys got Yukon Gem potatoes, yellow onions, hardneck garlic, kale, carrots, Romano beans, Italian parsley, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, and Carmen sweet peppers for Lewiston and poblano peppers for Moscow (we'll switch next week).

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CSA 2018: Week 11

This week we finally have some peppers for ya! You'll find the first of the bell peppers and our first big crop of padron peppers, along with heritage tomatoes, Savoy cabbage, cucumber, zucchini, Yukon Gem potatoes, fresh yellow onions, and cherry tomatoes. 

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CSA 2018: Week 10

This week is ratatouille week so we gave you tons of eggplant, Roma tomatoes, and zucchini, along with kale, carrots, heritage tomatoes, basil, fresh yellow onions, jalapeño, and cucumber. 

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CSA 2018: Week 9

Didn't have time for a full on blog this week but here's what's in the CSA: heritage tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, Italian parsley, garlic, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, new potatoes, and jalapeño.

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CSA 2018: Week 7

In your share this week, you'll find: green cabbage, carrots, cinnamon basil, crisphead lettuce, zuchinni, cucumber, hardneck garlic, and cherry or saladette tomatoes. 

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CSA 2018: Week 6

We included the last of our spring broccoli and arugula, along with sweetheart cabbage, Italian parsley, zucchini, crisphead lettuce and fresh garlic. 

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CSA 2018: Week 4

Your share this week contains: broccoli, Italian dandelion greens, garlic scapes, salad mix or arugula, strawberries, peas, kohlrabi, and zucchini. 

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CSA 2018: Week 3

You can get your sweet tooth going with strawberries, haukeri turnips, and snap peas, then snack on radishes, salad mix, some super colorful Gypsy broccoli, and tons of garlic scapes. 

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CSA 2018: Week 2

This week your share contains: butter lettuce, frisee, garlic scapes, carrots, haukeri turnips, salad, and snap peas. 

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CSA 2018: Week 1

CSA is finally here again! Welcome to all of our new members and welcome back to our old hats!

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The Season is Looming....

While we still have time this month for some non-farm past-times, we are still hard at work updating our crop plan, ordering seeds, and brainstorming about the coming season.

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2018 CSA Signup Starts Today!

The sky is blue, the sun in shining, the fields are flooded; springtime in January! This month is also when we try to get all of our 2018 CSA members signed up for a season's worth of produce.

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Holiday Letter to our CSA

Crazy that 2017 and Victory Farm's first season is coming to an end! Adam and I are taking some much needed time off and enjoying the holidays with our families and friends. We hope you are too!

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Pop-Up Farm Stand and CSA Party This Wednesday!

To celebrate the end of a successful CSA season and give all of our friends a chance to stock up on storage veggies, we're having a farm stand/party this Wednesday at both our Moscow and Lewiston CSA pick up locations.

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CSA Share #18

Happy October!

This week on the farm we're up to some decidedly unglamorous, yet satisfying, fall cleanup chores, such as pulling out the tomatoes and cucumbers, mowing and tilling in crops that are done, and finally tackling and organizing what Keegan and I have dubbed, "the sh*tpile" - the area behind our toolshed where all year things that don't yet have a place on the farm get thrown because we're too busy to do anything else.  Oh, we're also harvesting TONS of broccoli! So that's fun. 

 This is what our field tomatoes look like after a good frost. Time to pull 'em out and throw 'em in the compost pile!

This is what our field tomatoes look like after a good frost. Time to pull 'em out and throw 'em in the compost pile!

 Keegan the Broccoli Slayer!

Keegan the Broccoli Slayer!

This week's CSA share is jammed with more Fall goodness: baby bok choy, mixed potatoes, Caribe hot peppers, broccoli, carrots, fennel, delicata squash, and red onions. 

 CSA Share #18. 

CSA Share #18. 

I often get the question, "So, what do you do with fennel?" I admit it is pretty alien-looking; and with its distinctively sweet, herbal flavor and dense, crunchy texture, it can be a bit confounding, culinarily. So, here's a good little article that demystifies this excellent vegetable.  

Happy Fall, everyone! Thanks for eating well with us!

CSA Share #17

There are many reasons I love this time of year. The cooler weather and the attending return of some favorite spring veggies, like Hakurei Turnips; the pace of work on the farm slows down a bit; we get to catch up on some projects that got away from us earlier in the year, like finally building doors for the pack shed; the light gets all pretty; it feels like the world exhaling after holding its breath for six months - or maybe I'm projecting... 

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