For the most part the fall crops look good. Carrots, beets, parsnips, sweet potatoes, rutabaga, brussels sprouts, kale, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, and salad greens all seem poised for average harvests or better. The carrots and brussels sprouts in particular look like they might be the stars of this fall’s harvest. There are a few crops that either the jury is still out on or ones that we know are not great. Our onion crop this year has been challenging. We had some great fresh onions earlier in the season and our storage onions did look good until we had a “Bermuda Triangle” of forces working to stop our storage onions from becoming the crop that we so badly wanted them to be. The driving rain, a pest (onion thrips), and a disease (purple blotch) all teamed up. While this trifecta wasn’t completely successful in making our onions do a Bermuda Triangle like disappearing act, it is obvious that our harvest this year will be diminished. The other fall crop that doesn’t appear to be doing well is the winter squash. The periods of torrential rain and standing water that hit early on in the life of this crop actually caused young fruit to rot on the plant. As a result the canopy of squash vines is masquerading as a squash field but underneath the yield looks like it will be very poor. We did plant squash in two separate fields this year and the planting that we did in the field that drains better looks decent so we will have something to show for our effort. In one final nasty turn of events we did lose over a 1/2 acre of young broccoli and cauliflower that we planted three weeks ago to either a single or more likely a number of groundhogs. This field that we had planted is new to us this year. It was fallow for a number of years before now and we spent a lot of time this spring and early summer trying to free it of some tenacious weeds. We had pretty much won the weed battle in this field but unfortunately we lost the groundhog battle. Thankfully it was one of many of our successions of fall broccoli and cauliflower so we will still have these crops in the share. In fact this week brings the first of the fall broccoli into the share.