CSA Week 8: The Great Garlic Harvest

We had a busy week on the farm, what with the garlic harvest on top of our regular farmwork.  We harvested close to 3,000 bulbs of garlic, which are now curing in the upstairs of our small barn, laid out to dry on ten 4X8 drying racks.  It’s quite a scene, and I wish I could include a picture with this letter.  But our computer is hopelessly frozen, and thus in the shop for repair, and so this week there are no pictures or paper copies of the newsletter.  Sorry!  Next week (assuming the computer will be fixed) we’ll show you pictures of the garlic scene, as well as the two incredibly funny piglets that now reside (albeit temporarily) at the farm.

Amazingly, all this garlic comes from five pounds of garlic we bought, eight years ago, from another farmer at the Common Ground Fair, when we didn’t even yet have land of our own.  In the fall we break apart each garlic bulb and plant the cloves, so one bulb will produce as many new bulbs as it has individual cloves.  And thus from one little bag of garlic we get to this year’s harvest.  Every year we give over half to our CSA members, sell a little bit wholesale, and then save the rest to plant in the fall for next year’s crop.  So if you crave more and more garlic, just hang around for a couple years… each year we produce exponentially more!
If you receive your share in a reusable bag, please continue to remember to return an empty one every week.  We hope you’re all enjoying this amazing weather.  We sure are.  And the more dry, sunny weather, the less likely that late blight spores will be able to spread.  So far, so good….
Have wonderful meals and a great week!

Reba and the HCF crew

Week 8 veggies:  Garlic, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Zucchini and/or Zephyr Squash, Cucumbers, Collard Greens, Carrots, Potatoes, Basil


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