December 2021 Update

December is well underway, and the planning and preparation is as well. The tentative dates for the 2022 seasons are set:

Winter Season – Feb 12-Apr 2 (8 weeks)

  • Small box only, 15% premium. It ain’t easy being winter.

 

Green Season start Wednesday, April 6- Sat May 28 for 8 weeks.

  • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday farm call

 

Main Season start Wednesday June 1 – Sat Oct 15 for 20 weeks

  • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday farm call

 

Extended Season only 4 weeks Oct. 18 – Nov. 12

  • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday farm call.

There are two changes from 2021 – the “winter” season is 8 weeks instead of 7, and the “extended” season cuts back to four weeks. Extended season really suffered from weather events, and, well, it is really a challenge to get good produce when it gets dark and cold so quick.

Winter season planting is underway at this time. In 2021, several crops were started four weeks later. To get them up and ready for winter season and especially for the green season planting changes needed to be in place. There are cabbage that were planted specifically for over-wintering and Winter season availability, and the root crops in heated beds worked well but needed a jump on things so they were started today, 12/8. Here is what is either up or seeded right now:

There they grow!

Winter Crops

type Variety Number Plant Emerged
Spinach Bloomsdale 36 plants Nov. 10 Nov. 17
Lettuce ? 36 plants Nov. 10 Nov. 12
Lettuce Winter Density 36 plants Nov. 10 Nov. 12
Cabbage Katrina 42 plants Nov. 10 Nov. 14
Kale Redbor 144 plants Dec. 1 Dec. 4
Garlic Farm Stock 240′ row Dec 1
Violet Fizzle Dizzle 30 plants Nov 10 —-
Lettuce Winter Density 36 plants Dec 6
Lettuce Crisp Mint 36 plants Dec 6
Mustard Southern Giant 36 plants Dec 6
Mustard Tah Tsai 36 plants Dec 6
Spinach Bloomsdale 36 plants Dec 6
Cabbage Primeo 120′ row July Heads
Cabbage Red 120′ row July Heads
Onions Bulb 60′ row July Up
Beets Avalanche 24′ gh row Dec 8
Beets Subeto 24′ gh row Dec 8
Turnip Tokyo Cross 8′ gh row Dec 8
Radish Cherry Belle 8′ gh row Dec 8
Carrot Napoli 55 day 16′ gh row Dec 8
Carrot Mokum 55 day 16′ gh row Dec 8
Carrot Sugar Snax54 68 day 24′ gh row Dec 8

There will be a number of additional plants coming – not counting the summer plants:

Boc Choi – Joy Choi

Chard – Fire Fresh (25-35 days)

Cucumber for dark and cool – Manny

Cauliflower

Broccoli

Corn Salad

Additional Lettuces

  • Newham, Alkindus, Milagro

Peas – Sugar Bon, Cascadia

This list is essentially what will be showing up in the green season as well, although outside crops such as Asparagus and early Strawberries tag  on there depending on weather. Of course.

Just FYI – the winter season is limited. in 2021 there were only 10 members; it is possible that will be expanded once there is a clearer indication of how much really truly awful weather happens, and how well the heat cables and lights keep production going. It is important that the CSA membership grow larger in 2022; if you know already that you are interested it helps immensely with the planning.

Hope you have a great Christmas!

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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