Farmer Update:

We are late in welcoming you to the Fall 2010 CSA Season. The first week of shares — and official fall — started last week. Weatherwise, however, the season felt like it arrived this week with a Northern high that swept away that relentless humidity and dropped temps into (can you believe it?) the low 60s. Green Gate Farms was also an unsually busy place last week. Last Sunday, Erin and I hosted our second adult farm camp of the month; on Wednesday, staff from the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity visited our farm to finalize Green Gate Farms’ Sponsored Share Program (more to come later); on Saturday, 15 members of the UT Slow Food and OxFam chapters volunteered here; and on Sunday, the anchor and producer of CBS Early Morning Show spent three hours profiling our farm for its coverage of 25th Farm Aid Anniversary.

Not every day does a national network show up at your gate, so we rushed around to make the place presentable — by farm standards, that is. Anchor Betty Nuygen, a UT grad, will feature the farm and her interview with Willie Nelson on Friday during the 7-8 a.m. hour. We don’t own a TV but the piece will also air on its website and possibly YouTube. Three hours of interviewing gets edited down to three minutes but we’re excited to share the challenges and benefits of local sustainable farming to 3 million viewers.

With cool weather approaching and days getting shorter, the fields are transitioning from summer to winter crops. We spent the past two months planting frost-intolerant vegetables, such as tomatoes, beans, potatoes, eggplant and peppers. Recently, we’ve switched to cold-tolerant ones — cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, kale, carrots, swiss chard, onions and garlic, greens, and lettuce. Both types will overlap through mid November or until the first hard frost. That means, for quantity and diversity, your shares will get bigger by weeks four or five and peak about week eight or nine. Farming is not an exact science, and in Central Texas it often seems more like theater and arts, but we are pleased so far with how the season is shaping up.

Farm News and Events

This week share is bountiful (thanks to the rain) and includes:

Summer squash and zucinni
Eggplant
Sweet and hot peppers
Okra
Basil

Cucumber

Bunch of Arugula or Swiss Chard

Elephant Garlic

Staffer Angel Young celebrates her birthday this week.

Thanks for your support!