CSA Week 15, September 1, 2014
Written by Alison Howard   
Monday, 01 September 2014 10:00


The following will be harvested from the fields this week:

Seeded watermelon*

Mixed Cherry Tomatoes

Grape Tomatoes*



Green Bell Peppers*



Slicing or Roma Tomatoes*



Happy 90 degree weather!  Finally, we get some pepper growing, tomato ripening weather!  The tomatillos and peppers will love this heat.  Tomatoes are all breathing their last few weeks of production, as are most of the hot weather crops.  Fall crops of broccoli, cauliflower, collards, kale, swiss chard, mizuna, arugula, romaine lettuce, red head lettuce, radishes and salad turnips are all looking beautiful.  Last night we had a terrific storm, bringing and inch and three tenths to the vegetable fields.  Although we have plenty of irrigation, there is nothing that replaces a good soaking rain.


We had an email last week asking about green beans and we do have a LOT of green beans planted and ready to harvest, however, they are in a new field.  this field has not seen green beans in probably 30 years, which is excellent for the bean growth, BUT the deer have discovered the beans.  We follow GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) rules, which say if you see any signs of an animal in the crop, you cannot harvest within three feet of the sign.  Well, the deer have taken up residence in the bean field and there is not one single bean that is growing and hasn't been impacted by a nearby footprint or plant nibble.  It's very disappointing to see the crop so beautiful and unable to be harvested.  A fellow organic farmer, Aaron Cooper, of Cutfresh Organics grows certified organic green beans for Whole Foods so we will contact him to see if we can buy some to put in the shares.  It's good timing as the vegetables transition to fall squash and greens.  There won't be many green beans, but we'll buy a few.


Fellow CSA member Bryan Scott is President of Hope Nation and is sending out this information about the upcoming Chesapeake Bay Bridge run.  There are a few entry spots available, so if you're interested, please get in touch with Bryan:


Dear Hope Nation,

It is very exciting around Hope Retuned right now, as we are getting into high gear with the bridge run less than three months away!  This is Hope’s first fundraiser.  We are running/walking across the Maryland Chesapeake Bay Bridge to raise funds to purchase iPads for Johns Hopkins Pediatric Infusion Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  Children from all over the country come to the Infusion Center, many multiple times per week, to receive lengthy, life-saving infusions.  The iPads will be for the children to use while they sit restless for hours at a time.

We are excited about our training and want you to be excited too!  For beginner runners and walkers, here are some training tips:

  1. 1.Start now but startIf you haven’t been training for a while, that’s OK!  Three months is more than enough time to get ready for the race.  Increase time and speed gradually.
  2. 2.Drink lots of water!  Hydrate all day long, every day up until theWater keeps everything working well 
  3. 3.Stay safe from theIf you are training outside, wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen and bring a water bottle.
  4. 4.Find a training buddy!  Exercise is more fun with a friend!  Get together and explore new trails.

Stay tuned for more #HopeRunning tips to come . . .

We are planning a Post Packet Pickup and Pasta Party at the Scott’s home on Saturday, November 8th, the day before the race.  Please put it on your calendar and plan to be there.  The idea is for our Hope Returned runners/walkers to pick up their bibs/shirts/shuttle passes on Saturday and then make their way to the Scott’s to join other Hope supporters to “carb up” before the big race Sunday.  Non-runners are welcome too, our sponsors and directors will be there and it will be a fun way to celebrate what you are doing.

More information will come between now and race day.  If you have any questions about the race itself, please check out the Across the Bay 10K website at http://bridgerace.com.

If you have any questions about Hope Returned, Inc., please see our website at www.hopereturned.org or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HopeReturnedIncorporated or contact Bryan directly at 410-827-0049.

Hope Returned, Inc. is a Maryland Charitable Corporation and is classified as a Public Charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code.


Bryan Scott, President, Hope Returned, Inc.

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.  Don’t wait for good things to happen to you.  If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, and you will fill yourself with hope.”  Barack Obama


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