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Chuck Came Back

Posted 9/29/2016 5:21am by David Zemelsky.

You remember the song about the "cat came back, the very next day...?  It was a humorious kids song about how many lives a cat has.  Well, that's how it feels about Chuck (as in woodchuck).  Earlier this Summer when there were tomatoes growing at his/her level. She'd(he'd) go along from plant to plant and take a sample bite out of them.  Within one night there'd be countless dollars of damaged tomatoes.  I took evasive action and for a while it looked like the humans had won.  Suddenly, in the past few weeks I'll discover a chuck running out of a house, trying to make me think that I just imagined seeing something.  Maybe we're looking at the children of the deceased woodchucks.  We'll never know.  I'm not even sure what they're looking for.  All the low lying tomatoes have been picked.  Eggplants are too hard for them, it seems and peppers are maybe just too  much trouble.  I don't know-I'm not a chuck.  All that is apparent is that they like being around the farm.

We're running hard against the clock now.  Slowly, a few rows at a time, we're clearing out the hoophouses and getting the soil ready for Fall/Winter crops.  After creating what looks like a jungle in these houses, with tomato plants that reach 14 feet up in the air, it is a shock to come in and see bare ground.  Fall crops at Star Light are mostly kale, claytonia and spinach.  This year, I'm experimenting with chard and beets just for their greens, along with hakeuri turnips.  There is also some young but ambitious kale plants that I hope will provide that large leaf kale that people clamour for.  There will also be some late lettuce.  Any way you look at it, Fall is a great time to enjoy leafy greens. 

Meanwhile, outside we are taking the approach of planting more greens and  hooping them and covering with plastic.  We call these low tunnels.  Either place, inside or out need warmth which we also provide with row cover.  It is a cloth that emits most of the light but also provides a certain amount of warmth. 

A couple of noteworthy things about this week.  For the first time this season, we'll be offering for sale fresh ginger and tumeric.  Locally grown ginger is as different from  Stop And Shop ginger as watching  the Red Soxs on the television as compared to seeing them at Fenway.  No comparison. Tumeric is of high interest these days because of a belief that it inhibits inflamation in the body.   Its use in cooking is widely known and praised.  For soups, rice dishes and Indian cooking, it is a must.  Both the ginger and the tumeric were bought from an organic farm in Hawaii.

Here's what we can offer to you this week: And  let me know what you'd like by 10AM Friday.  Orders will be available in the shed in front of our house at 54 Fowler Ave. after 2pm on Friday

French fingerling potatoes 5/lb

Big kale, a few varieties , includiing lacinato $4/bunch

Baby Red Russian kale $6/bag

Yu Choi- $4/bunch

arugula $6/bag

pea tendrils $6/bag These are awesome greens that taste just like peas, except you don't have to get them out of the pod

Salad greens, with baby kale, mizuna, assorted lettuces $6/bag

Beets and pretty decent topsboth touchstone (the golden glorious one and early wonder top) $4/bunch

Hearty german garlic $2.50/head

Assorted peppers (really pretty and tasty) 5/lb

Eggplant. both the striped and the asian. 5/lb

Italian coastal chard and rainbow chard $4/bunch

Thyme and sage $4/bunch

Tomatoes. just tell me what you’d like and i’ll do my very best to make it happen. production has slowed way down and so far, everyone has gotten everything that they’ve asked for. its just a matter of time before i come up short. better to forewarn you. juliets, sun golds, black cherry (probably in good shape),

Heirlooms. $6.50/lb 

$6 on the pints

Sun dried tomatoes $4/oz

Tumeric  $3/oz

Ginger $13/lb

Have a great week,