Full Shares:  Heirloom Tomatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Arugula, French Beans, Sweet Corn, Shishito Peppers, Yellow Onion, Carrots, Sungold Tomatoes, and Huckleberry Gold Potatoes.

Partial Share:  Sungold Tomatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Corn, Carrots, Yellow Onion, String Beans, and Huckleberry Gold Potatoes

Hello CSA members!

Things are crazy around here on the farm, solar eclipse aside.  With Autumn quickly approaching, there is a lot of harvest to get done, and the cleaning of potatoes, garlic, and carrots seems to be a never ending task.  I was fun to take a brief reprieve on Friday night to enjoy the annual CRYJ fundraising dinner on the farm.  At a time when our news media and politics both seem to focus on polarizing us and pointing out all our differences, it is very rewarding to watch members of our community come together to help support a common and important cause.  Much like our farm advocates for a better food system than the one we have in this country, CRYJ offers an creative and positive alternative to the penal system in this country.  It was a beautiful night and a great event.

I even found time to mow the grass!

Speaking of crazy, whoever thought it was a good idea to plant buckwheat in amongst the corn, creating a veritable bee haven, was insane.  Many of you probably don’t know this but CORN is actually an acronym for Condo Of Rambunctious iNsects.  Picking corn amongst the loud hum of bees all around ones head is a bit unnerving.  With my recent luck with bee stings this season, I mentioned this to Amy from Flathead Honey,  She told me bees are most agitated by men with hats, sunglasses or beards.  Perfect!  I got the trifecta!. So basically, I’m public enemy number one in the bee world.  But the corn is so sweet and tender, I think it’s worth the risk.

And in a sign that we are not completely overwhelmed at the farm, Rebecca was able to find time about three weeks ago to seed and cover an entire bed of arugula, which is ready to go just three weeks later.  White it’s virtually impossible for us to grow good arugula in spring due to all the flea beetle pressure, this late-summer batch is perfect.  Put it in salads, on pizza, or in sandwiches for a little zing.  Oh, and as proof that fall is approaching, it’s time to start harvesting brussel sprouts before the bugs devour them.    The sprouts are terrific roasted, and here is another option.  Or, if you really want to get decadent, check this recipe out.

And really the most exciting news is that our new chef’s for Farmer & Chef are in town for a few weeks, and having been doing a stellar job catering some private events.  If any of you are interested to see what next year is going to offer, you can get a glimpse this Saturday at the Snow Bus BrewFest in Depot Park between 3 and 7pm. Heidi and Zander are truly amazing chefs and people! We are excited for you to get to know them!

See you at Market!

Todd, Rebecca and Team Two Bear Farm