Ready or Not, Here Comes the Future – 17th Harvest Week: Tue, Wed, & Thurs Delivery for Oct 2, 3, & 4, 2012

Farmer John Writes . . .                                                                               

Greetings from Angelic Organics

Extended Season Shares are Available

We have splendid fall crops. If you’d like to get deliveries in November, send a check for $120 for the 4 box extended season, or $60 for the 2 box extended season, along with your name, physical address and email address to: Extended Season, Angelic Organics, 1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia, IL 61011.

Does The Future Come to Us, or Do We Go to the Future?

Tom Spaulding and I occasionally meet to discuss the future, the Big Future, the future where unexpected things might happen, or the inevitable happens, like when Tom and I are no longer earthlings. We have an educational center and a farm going, and we want to keep them going, whether we are a part of it or not. How to work out transition, structure, legal details? These are big questions, and Tom and I are both so immersed in managing daily details of our respective initiatives that it’s hard to find the time to deeply address these issues. This winter, we plan to make the time to look at the future more closely, to consider how to responsibly usher the Learning Center and the Angelic Organics CSA into the future. A farm can outlive its farmer; an educational initiative can outlive its founder. Tom and I will be looking at how to put the pieces in place to allow this to happen.

A Shareholder Writes

The carrots in our box today are delicious I steamed them and they have such a great carrot flavor. I probably had them that way as a kid, but not in my adult life. Yum! And a big thank you for all your work. Carla

Crop Update

All the squash, carrots, potatoes and beets are harvested; our sheds are bulging with these harvests. These are the crops to get out before the soil turns to mud. We’ve had great weather, and soon the October rains will probably arrive. The potato crop was much less than last year’s stellar crop; we had so many potatoes last year that a few shareholders complained. I almost reduced our potato acreage this year, but fortunately I didn’t. The squash crop has been great, not quite a record breaker, but still fabulous. The fall carrots yielded the best ever by far, 1/3 more than our previous best yield of carrots. Soon, more frosts will come, sweetening your Brussels sprouts, spinach, and kale. We’ll plant the 2013 garlic crop this week, ahead of the predicted rains.

Box Contents

Please Note: this summary is written before you receive your box—please be aware that some guesswork is involved. As always, be sure to thoroughly wash all of your vegetables.

Fruiting Crops – bagged green heirloom tomatoes, Delicata squash
Brassicas – broccoli, kohlrabi
Salad Greens –lettuce, arugula
Cooking Greens – kale, bunched chard
Root crops – potatoes
Herbs – anise

Vegetable of the Week
http://www.angelicorganics.com/ao/images/recipes/kohlrabi.pdf

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

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  • Sara
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    Thank you Farmer John and Tom Spaulding for thinking about the future. This year was kind of a wake-up call. Initially I felt a smug satisfaction that I was a CSA member getting spectacular vegetables even during this year of drought, but soon that feeling gave way to a sense of alarm. How would the rest of the world get by as the future brings more and more challenges and they don’t have Angelic Organics to rely on? How would I and my family get by if Angelic Organics has trouble coping? Thank you Farmer John for being so persistent in developing the farm and the community needed to keep it going. Thank you Tom Spaulding for helping to spread the knowledge within and beyond the Angelic Organics community. I hope you are able to come up with a way to sustain the farm and keep spreading the knowhow forever.

    • angelicorganics
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      We deeply appreciate your thoughtful comments, Sara. Farmer John

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