On the farm we are as busy as can be still harvesting the summer crops like corn, peppers and the very time consuming beans. We are also trying to harvest apples as fast as we can. Many of the apples are going directly into the week's share so that we can enjoy the varieties at their peak flavor and ripeness. Yet we are harvesting so many more that are going into our new controlled atmosphere bins for long term winter storage. These bins are a new technology from France that we just got earlier this year. The bins have a special sealed top that allow the oxygen to naturally escape from and not return to the inside of the bin. This changed atmosphere keeps the apples in a natural "suspended animation" with a very high carbon dioxide level thereby reducing the apples ethylene and respiration level to almost zero. When we open up the bins, the apples should be nearly as crisp as when we put them in.
We have a wonderful staff on the farm that carefully cultivates the crops and ensures that everything is well coordinated so that you receive a super healthy and diverse share each week. Yet, it is those that help up off the farm, at each CSA location who ensure that in the end you receive all that goodness from the farm. Without all this help at each CSA pickup location Farmer Dave's could not and would not be what it is today. They help with setting up the share pick-up, taking care of the produce during the pick-up, checking in members, answering your questions, giving recipe and produce prep suggestions and later helping with cleaning up and closing up the location. We are very grateful to have a group so committed to the CSA and enthusiastic about local agriculture.
A special thank you to:
Burlington: Jane, Mary Lou and Kathleen
Jamaica Plain: The crew from Community Servings
Cambridge: Aileen and Rene
Lawrence: Lois, Vanessa and Kathi
Dracut: Laura, Karli and Jill
Somerville: Jason and Cary
Tewksbury: Gabrielle, Don, Laetitcia, Robert and Lynn
Wilmington: Chris and Patti
East Boston: Gabrielle and her crew
Reading: Betty, Adriana and Gen
Quincy: Diane and Rebecca
With much appreciation,
Dave and the whole Team at Farmer Dave's