CSA Newsletter_ Session 3, Week 3

Hey Y’all!

It’s been a while since our last newsletter post!  Summer has kept us busy & hopefully you’ve been enjoying the bounty.  We’re starting to see the first of our melons this week and last; we are participating in a Cucurbit variety trial in concert with Cornell to test out different genetics for future seed breeding efforts.  Organic farms in NY, NC and AL are growing either cucumbers, summer squashes or melons; we are a melon site for this season.  This project is funded through the USDA’s Organic Research and Extension Initiative and is coordinated by Cornell University in partnership with NCSU, the Organic Seed Alliance, and Auburn University.  We are excited to be included in this type of project as the fruits of our labor will contribute to expanding Organic farmer’s options as to what type and what varieties of crops they will be able to grow in the future.  With Cucurbits, the success of the crop relies heavily on the plant’s genetic resistance to pests and diseases; no resistance?  You’re at the mercy of mama nature and the season to either realize a bountiful harvest or get totally annihilated by pest pressures.  Fortunately for us, we get to eat our research!!  Enjoy 🙂

What’s in the Box?

  • Melon!  Either cantaloupe or honeydew
  • Green Beans or Red Noodle Beans
  • Basil
  • Saladette Tomatoes_ small, bigger than cherry but smaller than slicers
  • Slicing Tomatoes_ mixed varieties, some are green-when-ripe
  • Edamame
  • Cucumbers_ winding down for the season, enjoy while they last!
  • Summer Squash
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes_ Red Thumb Fingerling
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