Updated: Jan 10, 2020
After a long spring full of hard work, lots of warm, dry spells, and even longer periods of rain, the CSA is finally beginning!! The first pick up will be on Friday, 6/14.
This is the first of twenty weekly newsletters you will receive containing news from the farm, recipes, and my predictions (it is often difficult to know exactly what we’ll have until harvest day) for the week’s share contents.
This past Friday, we had a surprise hail storm which punctured holes in a number of our crops. You may notice a few holes and bruises on your chard and lettuce this week. Fortunately, a number of our crops were unharmed as they are growing under floating row cover, a lightweight fabric used to protect vulnerable crops from pests and cold temperatures (and extreme weather!)
Sometimes nature has different plans for our crops and we’ve had a few losses this spring. Mice ate most of our winter squash seeds in the greenhouse before they germinated, leaving us with only two varieties (our favorites--red kuri & butternut!) rather than our intended four. We planted our winter squash out on Saturday and had just enough to fill our beds (300’ planted!) During the long stretch of rain we had in mid-May, our newly planted cucumbers were water logged and about half died. It was still early enough in the season to re-seed cucumbers and we expect to plant out the new succession in a couple weeks. This might mean fewer cucumbers initially, but it should give us a steadier stream of cucumbers into early fall.
Our garlic has been the most disappointing loss--gophers tunneled under our garlic plot destroying the root system of half of our crop. We expect this will mean fewer & smaller garlic heads and fewer scapes (the delicious garlic flower harvested in June). The unharmed garlic is growing beautifully and we’ve already harvested the larger scapes for our first share pick up! This is just the nature of farming--it is challenging and unpredictable, but the reward of beautiful, nutritious produce makes it worthwhile.
We’re in for a bountiful first share with a variety of spring greens:
Red Leaf and Romaine Lettuce
Broccoli or Kohlrabi
Hakurei Turnips or French Breakfast Radishes
Please refer to last week’s email with pickup instructions for the first share. Don’t forget to bring your bags (1-2 tote bags or grocery bags should do)! We can’t wait to see you on Friday!