Winter CSA Begins: Thursday & Saturday This Week
This Week: Pick Up Thursday 1-8pm (not Wednesday), Saturday 11am-12noon
by Dana Hunting
Due to the holiday schedule, pick up this week is Thursday (not Wednesday) 1-8pm and Saturday 11am-12noon. During the rest of the Winter CSA pick up is Wednesday 1-8pm and Saturday 11am-12noon. If you aren't sure what pick up day you selected (Wed, Sat) or week you've been assigned (A or B for Half Shares) log in here
or e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2017's Final CSA Share
By Derek McGeehan
Winter CSA Harvest #1 (Week A) should include spinach, arugula, lettuce mix, cabbage, onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, and a root choice (beets, purple daikon, hakurei turnip, kohlrabi).
Spinach is ready to harvest in our Hoop House. Lettuce mix was harvested from here 3 weeks ago and will hopefully regrow for another cut by February.
Notes From The Field
Officially Winter With Cold but Increasing Daylight
By Derek McGeehan
Farm pond barn snow scene.
It's official. With the Winter Solstice the Winter Season has descended based on our planet's movement around the sun. We're also pointing more away from the sun this time of year and any captured warmth is fleeting. Fortunately the start of winter and cold coincides with increasing daylight hours, thus giving a positive spin to the coldest season, as we circle the sun. Approaching the New Year we'll endure some extreme cold and temperatures will remain below freezing, 10-15 degrees below average, for the next 10 days apparently. As long as the sun shines during the day our unheated tunnels will remain warm enough through the night, retaining some of the earlier captured sunshine/solar radiation. With this expected deep cold, we'll have to wait for a late-morning, sun-inspired thaw inside the tunnels in order to harvest the spinach, arugula, and other greens.
We're also now in the middle of our 'Persephone Period', when daylight is less than the important 10-hour mark, when plants' growth slows down considerably, but not completely. Five weeks from now, at the end of January, daylight will eclipse the 10-hour mark and we'll be into February and halfway to spring. Inside our structures that house our winter greens, growth is now going to slowly speed up and by the end of February spring will be in the air. For now we enjoy/tolerate this cold and remain thankful for plants' ability to grow at this latitude, in this climate, in this season, with 'minimal' protection. Thank you for your support.
Winter Solstice celebrated in the large meadow at Longwood Gardens.