Sometime in mid-August, we realized that we were facing a crop failure in our winter squash. Weeds, bugs, molds, and the hectic pace of summer work all conspired against us to completely overtake our crops. However, we know how important these crops are to fall CSA shares - everyone enjoys a delicious roasted squash on a cool fall day. We didn’t have enough time to re-seed and replant, as squash are some of the longest growing crops in the field (up to 4 months to reach maturity for some varieties). Instead, we reached out to our farming friends for a solution.
Little Gunpowder Farm is a sustainable vegetable farm in Monkton, Maryland, approximately 20 minutes north of our farm and is a project of Civic Works. The farm managers, Christy Ottinger and Connor Horne, have similar growing practices and environmental conservation goals as us. So, we reached out to them and asked if they had any extra squash that we could supplement into our CSA. Fortunately they had a bounty of squash, and the results are in your box. This week you’ll be enjoying the classic acorn squash, wonderful for baking. Later on in October, we’ll be providing a classic miniature Halloween pumpkin, which can be used as decoration, but is also excellent for pie!
Our relationships with other farmers are always mutualistic and supportive. Little Gunpowder helped us out with squash. They have a large amount of popcorn still on the cob, but no huller. We happen to have a huller, so we were able to lend it to them so they could harvest for their CSA. Sharing tools, information, and even crops is an immediate and meaningful way that small, local farmers can bolster themselves and eachother. We are so grateful to be farming in such a community, and we hope you enjoy this week’s box with the assist from Little Gunpowder Farm!