Late Fall CSA Week 5
Notes From The Field
Real Cold Has Descended
By Derek McGeehan
The feeling of winter has arrived, and the feeling of the arctic is supposed to greet us mid-week. These types of temperature dips truly test the cold tolerance of the various crops still growing on the farm, as well as our willingness to get outside and do some necessary farm work. Remembering to bundle up properly makes most work managable. Sunshine helps, too, though that has been mostly absent of late, or the clouds clear up right as the sun descends below tree line. Just in time for a nighttime of clear crisp cold. Since this is the first deep freeze of the fall season, we're curious to observe the varying cold intolerance thresholds that will be crossed. Probably the outside lettuces will be damaged. Under big hoops and fabric row cover are kales, arugula, lettuce mix, spinach, and baby chard (see expected harvest photo). I don't know if that is enough protection. The greenhouse was two layers of plastic and an inflatable air layer between. Inside the greenhouse we erected big hoops with row cover on top (see above photo). The hoop house and high tunnel are covered with a single layer of plastic but also have big hoops and fabric row cover inside (see below photo). The pockets of air are important protection. Next week I'll probably write about what survived and will hopefully be amazed and enthused by the resiliency of plants in the face of teenage temperatures.
Abigail surveys the regrowth of the lettuce mix, hoping it will endure the upcoming cold.
Expected Harvest
Time Will Tell
By Derek McGeehan
Late Fall Harvest #5 (Week A) should include potatoes, garlic, daikon radishes, yukina/tatsoi, lettuce, chard, arugula, salad turnips, salad radishes, celeriac, and cabbage. Some items may be a choice. We also need the sun to warm up the high tunnel so we can harvest the greens in there.
Simply another simple photo of attractive greens under protection with a hint of blue sky and sunshine beyond the barrier (not today unfortunately).
Sign Up for 2017 Winter CSA and 2017 Main Season CSA
By Derek McGeehan
Including this one, there are two more weeks of pick up for the Late Fall CSA. The last day to pick up is Wednesday 12/21 and Saturday 12/24. The Winter CSA begins on Wednesday January 4th and runs for 8 weeks until the end of February. We're aiming for Winter CSA harvests to contain a nice mixture of fresh greens and storage crops, similar to what you've been receiving in the Late Fall shares.
The 2017 Main Season will begin in mid-May and will run for 26 weeks again. We're anticipating another great harvest season and are excited to implement more positive changes to further improve your farm and food experience.
A cold, cloudy, wintry day on the farm, preparing for impending temperature dips, protecting cold-tolerant crops with hoops and row cover, and harvesting more sensitive ones.