Green Week 3

It should come as no surprise to you that this is more winter than spring. The consequences for the CSA are all rather distressing – the rate of growth drops, the outside beds are too wet to till, plants that should be set out are lingering in the trays. Perhaps the most annoying is that Putin the Sparrow breaks into the greenhouse to forage on baby plant leaf treats. If the weather guesser is correct this all starts to get much better late in this week. The greenhouse crops are still going strong, so – much as last week was, this week is.

Asparagus really hoping freezing nights are done!

 One of the discoveries from the season thus far has been the number of you who are enjoying the Mustard. This is great, because there is an abundance of it. It would be great if a mustard-mania person who is cooking it would post a recipe on the group site – here at the farm it ends up being the green in salad, which while not all that creative, tastes fine. There is a small quantity of Asian mustard as well – it falls in category of “hey, let’s put some in this person’s box… they will like that…” When loading boxes that happens, which is why it is called “Farmer’s Choice.”

Baby Katrina Cabbage

A common stress factor here is the using up of a planting while the next planting is still developing. Lettuce is pretty famous for gaps, the transition from greenhouse to outside garden is a great example of this. For this week, however, the lettuces are transitioning from the giant Romaine to a smaller romaine and a butter-crunch style. The Romaines will be back – but the next set will be from outside. The inside lettuce should come very close to ending this week, so… hopefully next week is good to go.

Week 3: Romaine or Buttercrunch?

So – there are a LOT of new plants that would really love some sun… such as Garlic!

Garlic – yearning for some sun

Now – about this week:

Lettuce There is 1 (one) large green romaine left – the rest of the lettuce is either a smaller romaine or a buttercrunch. If you have a strong preference, speak up.
Brassicas Waiting for outside cabbage to head up (2-3 weeks). There may be a few small Kale (green) for those who ask. It literally would of been ready with a bit of sun this last week.
Roots a few Minowase Radish, Beets with small bulbs. Young Carrots (Napoli) – just a couple per box.
Greens Mustard … Lots and lots and lots… If you already voted Mustard off your island you won’t get any…
Chard – bigger small early leaves.
Spinach. Looking a bit ratty, might need to reseed.
Arugula is still coming back – smaller portions are available.
Herbs Mint, Oregano, Chives, Green Onions. Lots of Chives.

Coming soon… Asparagus, bigger Kale, bigger Chard, Vit. Cilantro and Parsley waiting on some sun.

Not quite soon, maybe a few weeks: Outside peas, Cabbage are on a fast track. New potatoes maybe in mid May.

Broccoli and Cauliflower get set out after 4/15, as well as new crop small bulb onions, more cabbage.

— reminder — there will be some flowers in pots to sell. If you are interested, drop an email reply!


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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