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from the Field
 
November 13, 2017
Brief Arrival of Winter with Late Fall CSA
Notes From The Field
By Derek McGeehan
A view from the west end of our new hoop tunnel with inner layer of hoops and cover. Plants are kept warm and safe inside.
Mild, warm, hot, balmy, above-average, light frost, hard freeze, extreme weather = very thankful for our 4 winter growing structures: hoop house, green house, high tunnel, and hoop tunnel!
First the good news: as of Monday morning all of the fresh greens in our structures survived unscathed and field crops of kale (several hardy varieties) plus collards seem fine. It takes several days for plants to show damage or health after a freeze like the one we had so by midweek we'll probably be able to identify fully what we lost and what survived. Either way, we have hundreds of bed feet of kale to eat for the next year and a half. And, we have enough greens in the structures to keep all of us happy through the fall and winter months! We also harvested a lot of red cabbage, napa cabbage, lettuce, and escarole prior to the potential damage. Storage crops are obviously safe and okay.
A tough reality: we had our first taste of January weather but unfortunately in arrived in the first half of November instead. Record breaking cold following weeks/months of uncharacteristically warm weather surprises plants as well as us humans. The best case scenario for our field crops to tolerate a deep freeze is a slow cool down with a few minor frosts (36 degrees), hard frosts (30-32 degrees), and minor freezes (26-28 degrees) of immature and still growing plants, giving them a 'taste' of what's eventually coming. Last weekend's scenario was basically the opposite: most of our outside crops were fully mature after growing extremely quickly during the warmth of September and October and during October and early November we hardly had any light frosts, let alone a freeze of some kind (on average we receive our first light frost during the 1st half of October; our first heavy frost/light freeze the 2nd half of October). So, a low of 19 degrees is an extreme shock to a stationary plant that is used to lows above 40 degrees. Even with a gradual cool-down of some kind, temperatures in the teens will severely damage most unprotected crops. Heavy layers of floating row cover over top of low hoops can protect a certain amount (2-6 degrees) but wind greatly diminishes the efficacy.
Enter the super/mega/ultra importance of our bigger structures! The outer plastic layer protects 5-10 degrees and an inner layer of hoops and cover adds another 5-10 degrees of comfort. So, when it's 10 degrees outside, under the inner layer of a structure it might only be 30 degrees, all without the aide of supplemental heat. Additionally, our green house has the option of supplemental heat as added insurance, so we should be eating fresh greens all winter long no matter the weather!
A view under the inner cover inside our hoop house. The lettuce mix is almost ready to be harvested.
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November 13, 2017
Resilient Cold Survivors
Expected Harvest
By Derek McGeehan
Late Fall Harvest #1 (Week A) should include potatoes, carrots, a root/stem choice (radishes, hakurei turnips, fennel, celeriac, kohlrabi), kale, mini lettuce, escarole, an allium choice (leeks, onions), and garlic.
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November 13, 2017
Pick Up Information
Other News
by Dana Hunting
  • Pick up days: Wednesday 1-8pm and Saturday 11am-12noon, which you sign up for in advance.
  • Full and Medium Shares pick up weekly, Half Shares every other week (A or B).
  • Pick up begins this week for Full, Medium, and Week A Half Shares (log in to check your week).
  • During the week of Thanksgiving, pick up is on Tuesday 11/21 1-8pm to accommodate holiday traveling and planning.
  • You can temporarily switch your pick up day be notifying us prior.
  • If you miss your pick up we will contact you to reschedule.
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November 13, 2017
Late Fall and Winter Newsletters
Other News
by Dana Hunting
A heart-shaped redbud leaf nestled amongst white pine needles and brave perennial greens/edible weeds (I see some dandelion and plantain in there).
Newsletters for the Late Fall and Winter CSA seasons will most likely be distributed on Mondays instead of Sundays. Now that Monday is not a harvest and distribution day we're hoping we can take Sunday off from physical and administrative farm work and instead work on the newsletter on Monday morning. Thank you for your understanding!
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November 13, 2017
Eat Your Fall Veggies!
How I Enjoyed My Harvest
By Linda Dansbury
Normally I take a hiatus from the newsletter once the Main Season is finished. Derek and I agreed that if I found something that I wanted to share, I would, so the first week out I made a dish I found about a month ago: Braised Coconut Greens & Chickpeas with Lemon.
The recipe calls for spinach but I used a mix of dandelion greens, broccoli raab, Swiss chard (including the stems) and a little kale. The recipe calls for putting the mixture on top of a baked sweet potato, which I did. I LOVED the dish and hope you do too.
If you want to share a recipe or idea for using all these wonderful greens and veggies, please email it to me at lindadansbury@comcast.net
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November 5, 2017
Holiday Wreath Sale, Made by Farmers Hannah and Pat
Other News
by Hannah Stocker
Farmers Hannah and Pat would like to announce their holiday wreath sale!
They will be hand-making wreaths using materials from the farm and are taking orders starting today, November 5th. Hannah is a very experienced wreath maker extraordinaire!
If you have any questions contact Hannah at hannah.r.conner@gmail.com.
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