- Kennebec (Baking) Potatoes
- Beefsteak Tomatoes
- Heirloom Tomatoes
- Red Onions
- White Onions
- Lacinato or Red Kale
- Sweet Peppers of Various Colors
- Poblano (Hot) Peppers
- Green Beans
- Garlic Chives with Flower Buds
- Broccoli or Cucumbers (broccoli at the farm pickup, cucumbers at all other sites)
- Basil (for Glen Ellyn, Clarendon Hills & Oak Park since these members didn't receive it last week)
- ...And Maybe Some Zucchini
- Paula Red Apples
- Blueberries (last of the season)
There are still Fall Vegetable Shares available. The Fall Share will include beets, cabbage, carrots, celeriac, herbs, leeks, potatoes, lettuce, spinach, pumpkins, winter squash, onions, parsnips, shallots, turnips, radishes, rutabagas, bok choy and more. The Fall Share starts the week of October 4th and runs through the week of November 15th, for a total of 7 weeks. The price is $198, including sales tax. If interested, please send an email to Peg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us from 2 until 5 p.m. at the farm on Sunday, August 29th for our annual CSA Tomato Jubilee! This is an opporutunity for you, our CSA members, to pick tomatoes for freezing and canning. We welcome you to pick your own tomatoes, feed the chickens, meet your farmers and take a stroll through the fields. During the Tomato Jubilee the first 10 lbs are free for CSA members. All additional tomatoes are only $1 per pound for members. (There is a limit of 40 pounds per family/CSA share.)
It's Friday evening, about 8:30, and I'm not exactly pleased to be heading back out to the barn to keep working. Tomorrow I'll be up at 3:30 a.m. to start loading the truck for the farmers' market, and there's still work to be done to prepare. Feeling a little grumpy and carrying an armful of tablecloths and market signs, I come around the corner into the main room of the barn. Out of the corner of my eye, I see movement near the door and I stop in my tracks. As I slowly turn my head, I realize I'm staring at the biggest bullfrog I've ever seen. Seriously-- it's just about as big as a muskmelon. We are both frozen there, staring at each other, wondering who is going to make the first move. Finally, I grab a cardboard box and manage to pop it down on top of the bullfrog. With the bullfrog secured in its temporary cage, I turn and run toward the house.
I arrive at the bottom of the stairs huffing and puffing. I fling open the door to the stairway and holler, "Anybody who wants to see the biggest bullfrog in the history of the entire universe better get down here right now!" Immediately I hear the pounding of little feet as the kids run down the hallway and down the wooden stairs. We explode out the door into the darkness, bare feet flying across the gravel driveway. When I lift the box, there is a moment of stunned silence. Then Avery asks quietly, "Do you think I can hold him?" Hmmm. It's a little bit of a ridiculous question given the size of the animal, and I reply skeptically but gently, "Sure, honey, you can try if you want to..." Avery makes a move toward the frog and immediately the big guy is out the barn door in one giant leap.
And then he is gone. We stare out into the darkness for a minute before making our way back to the house. I tuck the kids into bed and head back to the barn to finish the job I had set out to do. I realize that I'm now grinning from ear to ear. All I can think to myself is "Wow, well that was pretty cool." And so it goes on the farm. Just when you need the boost, when your spirits are low, there it is-- the world's biggest bullfrog staring right at you. Or maybe it's a cool caterpillar you've never seen before. Or a nest of baby barnswallows. Or four tiny, perfect watermelons strung out along a sticky green vine. The list never ends. I'm dog tired as I go about finishing my work, but I wouldn't trade this job for anything.
The big one got away before I could take any pictures. This little toad is
one of many toads we encounter every day.