Crop Talk October 16, 2017
CSA Week 20

It's hard to believe this is the last week of the CSA season. We hope you've enjoyed your share this year, and we hope you're eager for next season to begin. We sure are! Please watch for our annual survey, and when it lands in your in-box, take a minute to make suggestions for improvement.

If your box includes broccoli this week, you might try this broccoli/potato soup , which uses the broccoli stems to make a hearty base. If you get cauliflower, you might try cauliflower steaks with marinara. Our subscription website, Cook With What You Have , offers dozens of suggestions for collards and chard.

And don't forget last week's recipe for neck-pumpkin pie .

Thanks for a great season!

Fall Roosteraunt schedule: During the month of October, the Roosteraunt is open daily from 11:00 to 3:00.

No more boxes! For the last two weeks of the season, shares will be packed in plastic bags. Please return all your empty bins to the farm so we can get them ready to fill next year. Thanks!

Week 20 Shares Include: broccoli or cauliflower, winter squash, chard, collards, green beans, apples, peppers, potatoes.

One-time Seasonal Bonus: Each share includes 1 jack-o-lantern pumpkin and 1 neck pumpkin which you may pick any time between now and October 31, while supplies last. Please sign out your seasonal bonus on the CSA check-out sheet. Thanks
Join The Gathering

CSA members are invited to participate in The Gathering, "an educational celebration of agri-culture in community."

The celebration will take place at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville, and our members have been invited help "bring in the harvest" during the Grand Entry on both Saturday and Sunday. Grand Entry staging begins at 11:00 on Saturday and 12:00 on Sunday. Bring a few GCF vegetables as a harvest symbol. For more information, contact Tracey Pitcock at 540-955-5149.

Visit The Gathering's website for more information.
Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival

Our annual celebration of the great squash continues. Festivities this weekend include Gina DeSimone and The Moaners , Saturday 12:00 to 4:00, and Nathaniel Davis on Sunday, plus P-Rex shows, pig races, and visits with the Pumpkin Princess visits. We'll also be picking pumpkins.

The festival continues every weekend through October 29.

Visit our website for more information.
Seasonal Bonus Value: $15.00
Year-to-Date Bonus Value: $223.68

This year's you-pick bonuses were worth $223.68. That's nearly 40% of the cost of a farm pick-up share.

Bonuses this year included: 8 quarts of strawberries, two bags of spinach, four bundles of asparagus, three quarts of sweet cherries, a quart of tart cherries, two pints of black raspberries, 3 quarts of blackberries, 54 peaches, four nectarines, 30 apples, five bags of green beans, two bag of grapes, a jack-o-lantern, a neck pumpkin, and six sunflowers.
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