Summer Share #21 of 22: 10/22+10/25 Two More Shares (Renew Now)by Erin and Steve on 10/21/18
Yes, there are only 2 more share pick ups left in the 2018 Summer Season! How quickly and simultaneously how slowly has this year been? It's like I was just complaining about the late snow falls at the end of April and now here we are at the end of October.
We still have a lot to bring in from the fields for storage for the Winter, but will also be harvesting the day of pick up for crops that aren't for storage (crops with leafy greens or short storage lives). This is another time of year that is a stark reminder of the seasonality of vegetables. I've had a few people ask about tomatoes, which are a heat loving crop that cannot really handle nighttime temperatures under 50 degrees. This time of year we are lucky to reach 50 degrees as a high for the day, so 1) we are lucky to even have tomatoes still, and 2) this year has been an awesome tomato season in WNY...it's typically about 10 weeks long if you're lucky. Eggplants and peppers are in the same family of vegetables. Though they are a little more cool weather tolerant, they really all but stop growing under 50 degrees. But the crops that prefer cooler temperature and can even handle multiple frosts are loving this weather...which are the vegetables that are abundant in the share this time of year. To boot, eating with the seasons is one of the easiest ways to help mitigate climate change!
So this week's share will include: potatoes, winter squash choice, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, fennel, kohlrabi, onions, eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers, scallions, edamame, kale, chard, some tomatoes, leeks, butternut squash and garlic (or fresh ginger).
The fruit share will include apples, pears, and quince.