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.