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Gabe and Borci explore a healthy patch of oats where we're intending to plant early spring crops. These oats are supposed to "winter kill" from temperatures in the teens. Did it get cold enough?
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Expected Harvest
The Harvest Continues
By Derek McGeehan
January Extension Pick Up #2 should include potatoes, garlic, rutabaga, beets, radishes, collards, kale, and napa cabbage. Fourteen pounds were distributed in Week #1; it should be about the same.
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By Derek McGeehan
Please respond via e-mail by 9pm, this Wednesday, February 3rd to reserve your share for this week. Pick up this week is 1-8pm on Thursday, February 4th. The share is $30 once again and needs to be paid for when you pick up your produce (check payable to Anchor Run CSA or cash labeled with your last name). There will be a box in the pick up room for you to deposit your payment. Also, please remember your bags or a box to carry your produce home!
Notes From The Field
Survived The Deep Freeze
By Derek McGeehan
The bitter cold was bittersweet and just part of the weather rollercoaster ride that we have fun experiencing as farmers. We need deep cold to kill some of our cover crops like oats and daikon radish so that we can use those field areas in the early spring without extra tractor work that live plants would require. The cold also sets back bad bugs and hopefully rids the area of plant diseases that affect our cucurbits and nightshades among others. It also gives us farmers a mental break between seasons and reminds us that winter isn't so bad. The cold did finally end the lives of many farm crops that were lingering but spared some roots and all of the high tunnel greens. Before this blast of cold we harvested all of the remaining field crops that we didn't think would survive as well as the mature arugula from the high tunnel. We added hoops and another layer of fabric protection in the high tunnel to preserve the mixed greens, kale, and arugula in there. As daylight slowly increases and approaches 10 hours we'll see new growth from crops that did survive.
Rescuing the arugula from the high tunnel right before the deep freeze occurred. Due to its maturity it would have been damaged so we harvested all of it as fast as we could. The plants themselves survived and should regrow.