Winter Week 1 in the box

Winter….

Our first week of “Winter” season is squarely on top of a snow forecast. The generally observation is that February runs to snow, at least over the last few years. Those of you planning on coming to the farm may come or you may want to postpone till Sunday or Monday or When You Feel Right About It. Obviously, the farm isn’t going anywhere and the veggies are almost all in the greenhouse. Pulling carrots, mustard and Kale out from under snow isn’t that big a deal.

Here is what we have this week:

  • Greens: Lettuce (Adriana or Winter Density); Bloomsdale Spinach, Arugula if you want it, Curley Mustard, Red Kale. There is quite a bit of Kale; Lettuce is smaller as yet.
  • Herb-ish: Green onions, small parsley. If you want garlic, we can give your cloves from last fall that have been sitting in the wellhouse.
  • Crunchie: tasty carrots (small, not real big), possibly beets that have been over-wintered. They have a nice start on green recovery, and root size is small. Radishes are still on the small side, so they won’t go out this week.

What’s coming:

  • Radishes next week, maybe shift to Green Kale depending how it grows through this weather. Otherwise, pretty similar to this week. 

The greenhouse is doing really well for production. Cold days have sun during the daytime, which immediately pops the temperature inside up nice and high. More importantly, it pushes a lot of light which helps the plants not get ‘leggie.’ The lights have to be on quite a while to give as much photosynthesis chance. The ‘crunchy’ greenhouse raised bed will probably kick in the second half of Green season.

It is really exciting to have you engage with the winter season. Please reply to the email or to the post itself if you want to slip out till after the snow melts down; in any case it is good to see you!

By Doug

--- 'farmer doug' is the planner and heavy lifter for the CSA and the LLC. Loves to teach; "ask him the time, he'll tell you how to make a clock." Always has a new idea to try, some of which work. BTW - if you try and phone call, and you are NOT in his caller ID you will not be answered - just leave a message and you will be called right back.

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