Wednesday, August 29, 2012

CSA August 29 & 30, 2012

White Wonder Watermelon

What's in the box:

Spaghetti Squash, Dumplings and Ornamental Edible Squash, Zukes and Cukes,  Watermelon ( SCVWD - Yellow JB or White Wonder), Tomatoes, Anaheim Peppers, Bell Peppers, Sweet Italian Frying Peppers - Friarellos, and yellow Hungarian Wax Peppers,  Flame Grapes,  and Corn.

Long Island Seed Project
Long Island Seed Project
Once upon a time there was a man named Ken Ettlinger.  On Eastern Long Island he started a project for organic farms and gardens and backyard breeders.  Ken was no less than a genius (ala Wiley E. Coyote).   Many of the the seeds that I treasure that you receive in your boxes are part of Ken's legacy of breeding work.   Like many of my heroes in plant breeding, Ken did not patent his work.  He sent seeds all over the country at a reasonable price and encouraged people to grow them.

Yellow JB one of the first H20 melons of the season
What does this mean to you?  All of the squash that you see to the left in the photo are part of Ken's work.  You can save the seed and plant it in your own garden.  You can return the seed to me.  You can share this seed with friends who garden or farm.    I corresponded with Ken about our CSA three years ago, and he sent this seed.  Alas, had I have known that Ken would retire and the seeds no longer be available, I would have ordered one of everything he ever tried to grow.  And actually, there are very very few hybrids on the farm today.  Most of the seed is saved from prior year production.  Most of the vegetables and fruits that you receive, you can save the seeds of.  To save the seeds of any of these wonderful little ornamental edibles,  just scoop the seeds out when you cut the squash open and let them dry on a piece of wax paper.  That's it.  When they are dry, you can put them in an envelope to plant next spring, or send them back to me in your box.

Have a great week.  Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!  See you all in September.

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