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Friday, August 4, 2017

Week 9

Tomato harvest begins!

The good news is our tomatoes are finally ready to pick! The red slicing varieties have a good flush of fruit that is starting to turn red and the heirlooms aren’t far behind. The bad news is our plants are infected with early blight, which is a fungal disease that lives in the soil and it is very destructive of tomatoes. The recent cool nights and heavy morning dew has facilitated its spread. Some varieties are faring better than others and all will bear fruit over the next few weeks. However, yields and fruit quality will suffer and the harvest season will be shorter. The disease hasn’t impacted the cherry tomatoes much yet and hopefully it will stay that way!

As we continue to plant the rest of our fall crops, we are shifting our focus to staying on top of the weeds and bringing in larger harvests. We finished pulling our garlic last week and that is curing in the greenhouse. The forecasted rain on Monday is right on schedule with what we need.

This week the share will include:

Head lettuce
Yellow squash
Green peppers
Fresh onions
Korean specialty melons
Green Beans - PYO
Cherry tomatoes - PYO
Sunflowers - PYO
Herbs - PYO

Just a reminder, we only allow one pickup per week but the choice of day is up to you. If you cannot make it for one of the weeks, you can always send a friend to pick up your share for you. Please remember to bring your tote bags! The shareroom is open Monday & Thursday 2-7pmTuesday and Friday 12-5pm

Upcoming Programs and Events: 

Friday Night Dinners: Join us for dinner by Chive and music in the Stone Paddock. The family-friendly dinners feature food grown or raised on our farms (as well as other local area farms.)  Dining on the farm is one of the best ways to enjoy the flavors of the season! Ticket prices include full dinner buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, and dessert. Beer and wine is available for purchase.   Sign up now! 

Saturday Hay Bale Hangout: 

Every Saturday  10AM-2PM Member Child: $5 Nonmember Child: $10Join us at Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by anytime between 10AM – 1:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every half hour.  Once you’ve paid, stay for an hour or all day! Cash only please. No additional cost for adults. 

Camp Update

Campers are busy in the garden, barnyard, and kitchen.   We still have a few spots left the last two weeks of Farm Camp!

News from the Farm Store

Stop by and say hello to Ava Lins and Kate Kennedy, our veteran shopkeepers, or introduce yourself to Kate Crawford, our new shopkeeper, and to Staci Zarimba, Store Manager. Thanks to Fionna Collins and Lara Lafdahl who have helped us out this summer.

Regular store hours are M-F 11 to 6 and Sat and Sun 10-4. Sometime we may stay open a little later, but generally we close at 6 pm.

Please remember to bring back your glass milk bottles. We bottle milk on Wednesday mornings and it is ready in the store on Wednesday mid afternoon.