Amara Farm’s Fall Preparations

The signs of summer are all around us: bountiful harvests of zucchini and tomatoes; the chirp of crickets; and that hot dry scent that springs from the ground. And so, it’s time to prepare for fall already!

Walla walla onions setting seed.

At Amara Farm, we’re busy seeding Walla Walla onions (from seed that we saved!) and spinach, lettuce and baby bok choi with the hopes that if all goes well, some of these items will make it into the veggie box by the end of September.

We’ve trimmed the lower leaves from many of our climbing tomatoes so that we can now seed under them with salad greens. The space that the garlic took up is now getting seeded with Asian greens and lettuces. The nice heavy dews that we’re getting in the morning are a huge help to getting seeds to germinate.

Bending Metal Hoops for low greenhouses

Jacinda and Dav got a chance to help make some low hoop structures that will eventually go over the beds where the greens have just been planted. When we attach greenhouse plastic to these hoops, it allows us to grow lettuce well into November!

So, although it’s a super busy time seeding and planning for cooler temps, we know the effort will be worth it come fall.

CSA Box 7 – August 11th

Green Arrow Field Tomatoes

Kloverdalen Farm beets

We’re all glad to have had some rain in the past week! Rainy weekends make for happy farmers.

Lots of delicious winter squash coming to you from our Merville Organics squash patch on Kloverdalen Farm, which were picked by Moss, Robin and Kira this week. We have Red Kuri, Butternut and Hubbard varieties.

Wondering what to do with your parsley? Kira from Kloverdalen Farm has a recipe for chimichurri, a tasty herb sauce from Argentina for topping grilled steaks, grilled veggies and potatoes.

What’s in your box this week?

  1. Beets 1 lb $3.00
  2. Cucumbers 1 lb $1.00
  3. Chard 1 bunch $3.00
  4. Lettuce 1 head $3.00
  5. Fennel 1 bulb $2.00
  6. Parsley 1 bunch $2.00
  7. Tomatoes 1 basket $4.00
  8. Winter squash 3 lb $6.00
  9. Summer squash 1 lb $3.00

Total: $27.00

Merville Organics Squash Patch

CSA Box 6 – August 4th

August Days

Welcome to August!

Garlic Fest is right around the corner, plus we have an update from Moss Dance on how the hot summer in BC has affected our growing season.

Carrots Week 6 CSA

CSA Box 6

What’s in your box this week?

  • Beans 3/4 lb  $2.25
  • Cucumber 1   $2.00
  • Kale 1 bunch   $3.00
  • Garlic 2 bulbs   $5.00
  • Summer squash 1 lb   $3.00
  • Herbs 1 bunch   $2.00
  • Carrots 1 lb   $5.00
  • Basil 1/2 lb   $5.00

Total value: $27.25

Try cooking up your zucchini with this Curry Zucchini Soup recipe, or dress up your green beans with either parsley & lemon, mint, or basil & tomato.

Garlic Fest

3rd Annual Garlic Festival

Look out garlic lovers, the third annual Garlic Festival is back at Amara Farm on August 9th from 12-4pm. More than half a dozen different farms will showcase over 15 varieties of garlic ranging from mild and pungent to hot and spicy. Get your winter supply of garlic or seed garlic for your garden, find fall and winter plant starts and try garlic-inspired culinary treats.  For more info, visit the Garlic Fest event page, or download our press release.

The Hot Summer and Your CSA

All the produce you get through your Merville Organics CSA share comes from 5 super-cooperative farms in the Comox Valley. That means there are a lot of hands, heads & hearts collaborating to grow and combine the food that comes to you each week. Hopefully, you’ve met most of us by now – we’re happy to see you at the pick-up locations and our drop-off hubs each week.

It’s HOT out there! Wow! We haven’t seen a scorcher like this yet in the Comox Valley and we are all hydrating ourselves and our crops as much as possible to deal with the heat. There are pros and cons to a hot season, of course.
Winter Squash

Pros are that you have been getting some very nice early crops, like beans, cucumbers, raspberries, and summer squash. Tomatoes are on their way this week. We anticipate an excellent tomato & cucumber season this year. Robin, Kira and I are working together to grow winter squash for the CSA. Many of the squash varieties will be ready almost a month early this year.

The cons are that we are scrambling to plant more crops. With everything coming in so early, we’re about 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule for our CSA harvest plan. We’re working hard to make sure we have a continuous supply of delicious goodies for you.

From our conversations with people at the market, CSA members and friends, we know that everyone’s appreciation of and respect for water is deepening during this dry time. For us, water is a precious resource that we are always mindful of every minute of every day. During a hot, dry season like this, water is what keeps the veggies alive and thriving. We have all had to adjust our crop plans, invest in better water infrastructure and change our watering schedules to deal with the scarcity of water. It’s not been easy.

But with a CSA, we have that solid support system of eaters that makes all of this possible. So thanks for growing with us, investing with us, eating all of our veggies and for your friendly smiles. We are so happy to share the fruits of our labour with you each week.

– Moss Dance