Week 14 from Valley Flora!

  • Carrots
  • Cucumers
  • Eggplant
  • Curly Parsley
  • Strawberries
  • Zucchini
  • Red Slicing Tomatoes
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Sweet Peppers

On Rotation:

  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Corn
  • Walla Walla Sweet Onions
  • Red Long of Tropea Onions
  • Cantaloupe
  • Head Lettuce

Happy September everyone! Late summer - this moment right now - is pretty much the most abuandant, diverse and colorful moment of the season, when it's nearly impossible for us NOT to stuff the whole rainbow into your Harvest Basket each week. There is a lot getting picked on the farm these days, and all of it - save for those lofty bunches of parsley - is heavy. We had actually intended to put potatoes in your share this week, but when suddenly the melons were ripe and the first sweet peppers turned color and the eggplant harvest broke all records and the totes started buckling under all that weight, well then we decided to hold off on the spuds until next week. 

It IS eggplant season - typically the time of year when one or two of our new CSA members decide they won't be signing up again next year. Alas, it's true: I think we have lost more CSA members over the years because of too much eggplant in September than any other reason for attrition. We've been trying to manage this problem for years using various strategies.

Strategy numero uno has been to provide encouragement, recipes and eggplant inspiration to help you love eggplant and embrace the myriad ways you can use it for this fleeting, very abundant moment while it's in season (broiled! grilled! in pasta sauce! eggplant parmesan! thai curry! plus any number of asian-inspired recipes!). Or preserve it for later (fill your freezer with baba ganoush or ratatouille, or prep and freeze slabs of breaded eggplant for a winter eggplant parmesan, or make eggplant chips). We're your number one eggplant cheerleading squad when it comes to making the most of eggplant season (which - if you're counting the days until it's over - lasts through September).

Strategy numero dos for keeping the eggplant situation under control has been repeatedly scaling back our planting, which we did yet again this year. But alas, the eggplants are really, really happy where we planted them. We have big, tall, bushy robust plants that are making a LOT of babies. We could have easily put 5 eggplants in your share instead of 3 this week, but we decided to donate 100 lbs to the Common Good Foodbank in Port Orford instead, in hopes that everyone would be happier for it - you and the foodbank alike. That's the goal after all: to do whatever we can to boost Gross National Happiness a little bit, one (or three) eggplant at a time.

Have a great first week of September.