It’s getting to be that time of year! Yesterday’s rain was a welcome refresher and the cooler temps a handy reminder to prepare! At Picadilly, Riverland and our other partner farms, the reckoning of this year’s harvest successes and challenges is starting to roll in. Onions and garlic are cured and stored, and in the coming weeks, the sweet potatoes for this year, secretly growing under their beautiful, nutritive viney covers, will be revealed!
Come see us at Arlington Town Day! Tomorrow Saturday, September 14, we’ll have our Shared Harvest outreach booth right near the Robbins Library driveway. Once again, for everyone who pays at least a deposit on their 2019-2020 share tomorrow, we’ll be giving away a quart of maple syrup, so you might want to bring a checkbook or cash! If you’ve signed up already, come on by, tell others why you like Shared Harvest, and pickup a quart, too!
Boston Local Food Fest is Sunday! with samples galore, a seafood chef throwdown, New England Food Vision, and a family fun zone including Boston Food Forest Coalition teaching about food plants you may not know about! I’ll be there helping at the Tamim Teas booth (traditionally prepared, with locally grown medicinal mushrooms), one of our new Extras partner producers.
And here are some handy articles just put out by Chelsea Green publishers, some a reminder and some new ideas for preserving and enjoying the New England harvest : )
Couple more offerings:
Soil Health Is what makes healthy food, prevents floods and droughts, and draws down CO2: I am now working with NOFA/Mass. to help people understand what healthy, living soil looks like. We can come out to your garden site, your group meeting, or institution or business, to do a presentation, a hands on workshop or a personalized field test of your soil health function that includes a summary and report with recommendations–or any two or three of these. Feel free to contact me at my email below and/or see the info on the Nofa/mass soil carbon proxy testing program. to request a test and/or download the free manual to monitor your own.
Also, I am reviving the fermentation gatherings with a few scheduled dates, but let me know if you’d like me to come and do one with your group (could be just some neighbors). The last two Thursdays in October at the Belmont Farmers’ Market, and Thursday evening, November 7, through Wright-Locke Farm.
P.S. In case you were away this summer or didn’t get a summer share, you can get some good veggies now: Picadilly has had such a great year, they are offering a sweet, 8-week autumn share, delivered to various Eastern Mass. sites on Thursdays from now until early November. Signup directly through them for 2019 Autumn Shares. You may even get in on the last of the tomatoes : ) and this is the best time of year for beautiful eggplant, red peppers, perfect lettuces, fresh herbs, sweet onions…