September 25, 2019

Happy first day of Autumn! And what a beautiful day it is; I’m keeping my fingers crossed for rain at my house. On Friday night it sure felt like Autumn! I had to close some of our windows in the middle of the night and add quilts to all of our beds. That same cold night was a bit colder at Whipstone Farm in Paulden – they had their first frost of the season. Unfortunately, this meant that they had to cancel their Dahlia Field Day on Sunday because the majority of the field was badly damaged by the frost. They are still assessing the damage to all of their fields, so the cucumbers we have listed for this week’s share might be replaced by bell peppers if the cucumbers were hit hard. Of course it is inevitable that the frost will come, but it is nearly impossible to know when it will happen. This frost signals the real shift from Summer to Fall.

If you are interested in joining us again next season, it is time to fill out our Early Bird Contract. We have a very large waitlist this year, so I encourage all of you to sign up early if you plan on being shareholders in 2020 to be sure you get a spot! I will contact our waitlist in early November, so please return your Early Bird Contract (with $50 deposit) as soon as possible. Our volunteers are not allowed to take your deposit, so please mail in your contract and deposit or signup and pay online.

Please mark your calendars for our annual End of Season Potluck on October 9th, our last CSA distribution date of the season. Potlucks will be held at our Cornville and Sedona distributions. Our annual potluck is a fun way to close out the season, share local foods, get to know your fellow shareholders, and feel the connectedness of the local food community. If you normally pick up your share in Camp Verde, you are welcome to join either the Cornville or Sedona potluck. Please contact us no later than Monday, October 7th, to let me know which potluck you will attend so we can be sure to have your share at the correct location.

Have a glorious week!

What’s in your basket – September 25th

Beans – Willowbrook Farm
Butternut squash – Willowbrook Farm
Cucumbers – Whipstone Farm
Leeks – Whipstone Farm
Onions – Willowbrook Farm
Parsley – Whipstone Farm
Potatoes – Whipstone Farm
Salad mix – Willowbrook Farm

The first frost hit the dahlia field at Whipstone pretty hard.