CSA Farm

Songs In My Head

It must be the nature of the work that I do, solitary and not especially mentally challenging, that contributes to my brain deciding to entertain itself by playing songs in my head. They tend to be somewhat annoying songs like the theme song to “Green Acres”, or “On a Wonderful Day Like Today”. I try to direct my brain to play more palatable songs but inevitably I find the same old annoying tunes filling my head. Ugh! I could just carry my iPod and listen to it while I work, but I like to hear the sounds of nature and the farm while I am out in the fields and the iPod closes out all the outside sounds so I guess I’ll just have to live with the songs in my head for now. When the weather gets cooler I can play tunes in the greenhouse without my ear pods and without drowning out all the other farm sounds and I won’t have to listen to my brain tapes for a while.

Speaking of cooler weather, we are well into our fall season now, but typical of Central Texas weather it hasn’t been all that cool yet. We are still having highs well into the 80s and lower 90s which takes its toll on some of the less heat tolerant cool weather crops. We are expecting our first strong cold front tonight which will drop our temperatures about 20 degrees. In fact, Ron is out obtaining more PCV pipe for row cover supports in case we get a freeze this weekend.

The cool weather crops will definitely perk up with the colder temperatures, but it is a shame we won’t be getting much rain along with this cold front. With the return of El Nino we were hoping for a wet fall, however that has not been the case and we are over 2 inches behind on our normal October rainfall. We are currently hand watering all of our crops which is very time consuming so we have decided to install drip irrigation during the winter as one of our major projects. We also intend to start using our well water for crop irrigation since our rainwater collection system is not providing nearly enough water to irrigate our fields. Installing a new drip system and using well water will save us both time and money which will be a boost to our bottom line and our productivity.

Our fall crops are doing quite well despite the warm temps and lack of rain. The cool weather crops are holding their own and the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and squash are still producing plenty of fruits for our farm shares.

Just look at all the tomatoes we are harvesting!

We Are Harvesting Bushels of Tomatoes

We have brussels sprouts, potatoes, cabbage, kale, arugula, collards and cauliflower growing in the market garden area.

Collards, Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower in the Market Garden

Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage in the Market Garden

In our one west raised bed we have beets, leeks and broccoli well established and some peppers and eggplants still hanging on from the summer season.

Beets, Leeks and Broccoli in the One West Raised Bed

Our farm membership is growing steadily and we are getting lots of very positive feedback from our new members. Several of our members have been members of other CSA farms and are able to compare our produce with what they have received from other farms and they tell us that our produce is fresher and higher quality than what they had been getting which is very encouraging to us as new farmers. We will always be a very small farm and as such we focus on providing the very best quality possible along with as much variety as we can manage.

Our current fall farm shares contain tomatoes, bell peppers, kale, swiss chard, lettuce, green onions, arugula, pie pumpkins, buttercup squash, white scalloped squash, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, basil and parsley. Upcoming attractions include broccoli, beets, carrots, parsnips, leeks, potatoes, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and Asian greens!

CSA Farm Share Week of October 17

Stay warm and safe and have a Happy Halloween!
Carol

Discussion

  1. I am one of the members that has used three other CSA farms. I live out in the middle of nowhere and was happy to finally find a CSA farm within 4 miles of my home. Not only are the shares HUGE and bountiful , but very, very fresh- and includes all that they grow, rather than the cast off veggies that don’t get sold as often in a farmers market. Nothing is wilted or caked in dirt, it’s packed thoughtfully and it’s like Christmas when I pick up my share. Thank you Lost Valley Gardens!

    Posted by Karen | October 25, 2012, 7:22 pm
  2. Thank you so much for the kind words Karen. We are fortunate to have you as a member of our farm. You are so supportive and appreciative, and I love all the wonderful recipes you find to share with us!

    Posted by Carol | October 25, 2012, 10:31 pm
  3. I have been pushing CSA Farms and community gardening programs for some time. It is amazing how many options are relatively close to anyone who is interested. Thank you for posting

    Posted by Charlie | December 19, 2012, 9:56 am
  4. I love the beautiful pictures! It is wonderful to see produce this time of year!

    Posted by Jay | January 4, 2013, 4:10 pm
  5. Charlie and Jay – thank you both for taking the time to comment on my post. Farming keeps me so busy that I don’t get to post as often as I would like and it is gratifying to know that people are actually reading and appreciating my posts and pictures.

    Posted by Carol | January 4, 2013, 4:18 pm

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