Spring Share – Week 3 Predictions

  • Chard
  • Spinach?
  • Collards?
  • Choi?
  • Fava tips
  • Lettuce
  • Green onions
  • Turnips

It’s all possible but those ones with the question marks are probably going to wait at least a week or two. I did see some little peas starting to form, and the first of the carrots starting to take shape, more clues for future shares. We also planted out all of the peppers yesterday, including five or six new varieties I’m excited to try. We’ll have to wait a few months on those.

Sprin Share – week 2

Well, I was a little off in my prediction but not too far. In the share today: more spinach and arugula, a head of lettuce, D’Avignon radishes, Dazzling Blue kale, and fava greens.

Our first crop of spinach did better than expected so we’ve got a bit more for this week. Similarly, I always plant a bit of extra arugula just in case we need it in the spring – and whether we need it or not we’re harvesting it and it’s delicious! Our lettuce this week is a mix of heads, giving a little choice at the pick up – all varieties we’ll continue to have (Nevada is pictured). The radishes are big and beautiful, and very tender- it’s because we gave them plenty of space.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to prepare any of the vegetables, remember to check out Katherine’s cookwithwhatyouhave.com website.

In the field today we planted out all of the tomatoes for the year. I was especially happy that we got to hoeing the onions and leeks and potatoes, as well as a few other crops. With a little luck we’ll get the peppers and eggplant planted on Thursday.

Week 2 predictions

The first week of CSA harvests is done, now we start thinking about week 2. Here’s my first in a weekly series of guesses of shares for the following week:

Most likely are lettuce (probably just one head from here out), small kale bunches, fava greens, spinach (fingers crossed it doesn’t bolt). Outside possibilities are radishes (light germination so probably just a few), green onions (still small, but maybe..).

There’s likely something else I’m completely forgetting, but we’ll see.

The photo above is the Spanish tortilla I made with my eggs from @terrafarmers and the last of the potatoes from 2018 that have been stored in my refrigerator since the summer. We’ve been a distribution site for Terra Farma’s excellent egg shares for a number of years now and I think they might still have a few egg shares available – check their website if you’re interested.

In the background of that photo are this year’s potato plants, which are all up, and looking good. By this time next week the entire farm should be planted out with all of the summer crops and we’ll be thinking about seeding fall crops in the greenhouse soon.

First Spring Share

First harvest of 2019 is a green one! Butter lettuce and red leaf this week, a small bunch of chives, two heads of choi, arugula, and spinach. We’re starting out a bit small, but the share should grow a bit through the spring and we should add a few colors as the season goes on as well.

We’re Hiring!

Matt and Martin are two of the folks who have worked to make the farm successful over the past three years. I realized writing this and looking back through photos that I have very few crew photos, I should remedy that this year, we’ve had a lot of great folks work with us in the past few years.

Update 5/7/19 – We’ve hired our full crew for the summer. It was a great group of applicants and I wish I could have hired more folks. I’ll leave up this post for posterity. If you want a hands on experience at the farm we do have a kids garden area that where we can use volunteers and I’m happy to give quick tours of the farm to folks who are interested in finding out more about how the farm works.

We had a great season with a great crew in 2018, but unfortunately for us most of the 2018 crew is headed off to start their own farms so we’re looking for a couple of new crew members for 2019. A document with the job description and application process is linked to here. If you know anyone who is looking for part time farm work (Mondays and/or Thursdays), who has a good work ethic and is good with their hands we’ll be hiring someone for the “full season”, May through October, as well as summer, June through August, and fill in help. I’ll take this post down as soon as we’ve fill the positions, but until then feel free to pass it around.

Starting with seeds

The seeds for 2019 are all here and I just bought paid for them and all of our potting mix and soil amendments using the money that came in from our first CSA signups of the year! CSA signups are off to a good start but we still have plenty of space for more members so check out the website if you’re interested in tasting the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits of these seeds!

2019 CSA Open For Sign-ups!

the pick up area

We just put up the sign up information for the 2019 season over on the CSA page!

It took us a little longer than we hoped to get confirmation that we’d be able to grow on the same site again in 2019, but it looks like we’re good to go and we’ve been working hard on updating our planting plan for the coming year.

There are a few minor changes in the works so I’ll list some of those here:

The share price has changed a bit, and is actually lower for the full season. We base our prices loosely on the retail equivalent of our projection. Despite the season being one week longer this year due to Thanksgiving being one week later, changes in the crop mix are actually bringing the price down slightly.

We’re planning on giving out all of the potatoes with the summer share this year. We’ve been having good potato crops, but we don’t really have space to grow a lot of potatoes or space to store them so we’ll give them all out when we harvest them in the summer. As a CSA member you can decide if you want to store them yourself, or eat them right away (I’m still enjoying the ones I saved for myself in my refrigerator!)

There won’t be any garlic or garlic scapes this year. We’ve had serious trouble with rust (a fungal disease) for a number of years and for the past two years we’ve grown garlic off site which was a real pain. Last fall we decided to give ourselves a break, we skipped planting it and just gave out our saved seed stock to the CSA. We’ll miss the scapes especially – but you should still be able to find good garlic and scapes at the farmers market!

We’re changing our winter squash spacing. Last year’s experiment in tighter spacing with the corn and beans was a real bust and yields were very low, the squash just got buried. Our fingers are crossed for a much better winter squash year in 2019.

As we do every year we’ll be experimenting with a few new varieties and continuing to grow a lot of the same ones that have been working well for us. Notably, there are a few new sweet peppers I’m excited to try and we’ll be experimenting with some new lettuces.

We’ll be continuing with the pick your own section and the little farm stand. For the farm stand this year our plan is to sell any surplus at a deep discount to CSA members and also make the stand available to folks who aren’t CSA members at more normal prices. We’re always looking for ways to get more of the vegetables into the mouths of eaters, and to cover our costs at the same time.

We had enough income at the end of last year to invest in a few tool upgrades that we’re hoping will improve our yields. One of those upgrades is a fancy new seeder that should improve our yields on crops like salad turnips and winter radishes.

That’s most of it. The weather will determine many of the changes. Every season is different but we’re hoping for another good one!