Vegetables without Water

Wow – another farming season flying by! I’m sorry for the lack of newsletters during the growing season, but this summer has been especially difficult considering the drought. For the past 8 weeks, I’ve felt like I’ve had 2 full-time jobs: keeping the plants irrigated and planting/harvesting the vegetables. I’m extremely thankful that our fields have a reliable water source and an irrigation system. If we didn’t, our market and CSA tables would look a lot different!
 
I think farmers will do a lot of thinking this winter about water and what its scarcity means for their operation. One of the huge benefits to our production system that involves close spacing of the vegetables and a quick turnaround between crops is that there is less land overall to irrigate. It’s like we condense a 6-acre farm into 3 acres. Our farm’s irrigation pond is getting dangerously low, and I know that it would’ve run dry long ago had we farmed more acreage. By minimizing the amount of soil we farm, we also minimize our water footprint (as well as the amount of sprinklers and hose fittings to troubleshoot).
 
Additionally, I want to thank our CSA members and market customers for their unbelievable support this year. In an era of online ordering, home delivery, and mega superstores, you drive out of your way to our tiny market tents and support our dream. It would be so much easier for you to just buy everything at once at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, but you devote extra time and energy to visit with us and we are extremely grateful!

Even though the daylight hours are shorter, and the days and nights cooler, our fields are still full of fantastic Fall vegetables: sweet potatoes, leeks, winter squash, celery root, and baby spinach, to a name a few. We’ll be in Braintree until the end of October and in Hingham until Thanksgiving, so we hope to continue seeing you this fall!
 
Hingham Market Moves This Saturday Only
For CSA members and customers who attend the Hingham market, this is a reminder that Saturday’s market moves to Station Street (behind the Fruit Center Marketplace, approximately 95 Station Street) due to the touch-a-truck event at Hingham Bathing Beach. We’ll be back to our usual location the following week on October 1.
 
Fall CSA
We still have a few spots remaining in our Fall CSAs! Members will receive large, bi-weekly shares consisting of a mix of root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and squash and a good selection of greens. Think chard, spinach, kale, and even head lettuce! Greens harvested in the fall actually respire at a much slower rate, meaning they will store without problem between pick-ups and likely even longer than that. Pick up options are at the farm in Norton or a box-share pick up in Braintree. The season runs from early November up until Christmas time, and you can sign up by filling out and mailing in our CSA form.

Thanks for reading!
Adam

Our sweet potatoes our currently curing in our greenhouse, but will be ready come October!

Our sweet potatoes our currently curing in our greenhouse, but will be ready come October!