The first week of the CSA has finally arrived and we would like to thank everyone for supporting us this year! We are excited to see many of the same people back for a second season and also thankful to be able to extend our CSA to many new customers too. Our crew has been hard at work planting, weeding and watering and the weather has cooperated to allow for a promising start to the season. The first share will consist of a plentiful variety of greens and root crops and we hope you enjoy them!
Many of the early crops have been growing since January and are finally ready for harvest. We planted carrots in mid-January in our high tunnels. We protect them with heavy duty frost blankets inside the tunnel and even with all the protection, they take about 21 days to germinate. They grow very slowly at first, but as soon as the days begin to lengthen they begin to thrive. We spend most of our time keeping them protected, watered and weeded and patiently wait for them to arrive.
Other crops, such as Tuscan kale, were planted under our grow light system back in February. We start them in a warm protected environment and allow them to grow for four weeks. When the weather begins to break we take them outside and place them in cold frames to allow them to get acclimated to the weather. We usually transplant them into the high tunnels by mid-March and keep them protected with row covers inside the tunnels. This year, a couple of the nights dipped down to the upper teens and we had to add two row covers to ensure their survival. Transplanted crops are not nearly as hardy as crops seeded outdoors.
Other crops, such as arugula, are planted directly outside at the beginning of April. We use row covers to help add additional heat as well as keep the dreaded flea beetle off of our plants. Arugula is a fast growing crop that only needs about 25 days before it can be harvested.
Many of the crops in your share this week have made it through snow, wind, hot and cold weather, to finally arrive on your dinner plate. When you arrive to pick up your share this week, please feel free to walk out to the fields and take a look around. Don’t hesitate to ask us questions and please enjoy your time on our farm!
This week's share consists of:
Full Share- head lettuce, tuscan kale, scallions, carrots, radishes, arugula, spinach, fennel, escarole, pak choy and hakurei turnips
Half Share- head lettuce, tuscan kale, scallions, carrots, radishes, arugula, and spinach
What can I make with my share this week?? Here are a couple of ideas!
Asian Spring Rolls- http://hipfoodiemom.com/2015/04/18/entertaining-with-asian-spring-rolls/
Tomato, Kale and Quinoa Soup- http://damndelicious.net/2016/01/07/slow-cooker-tomato-kale-and-quinoa-soup/
Escarole and Bean Soup- http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/escarole-and-bean-soup-recipe.html