We happy few

 Some farm friend in the lower field. The fence has kept out the deer, but rabbits, fox, groundhogs, and possum have so far left their trace.

Some farm friend in the lower field. The fence has kept out the deer, but rabbits, fox, groundhogs, and possum have so far left their trace.

2017 Week 49, Winter CSA Pickup 1 of 13

Hello Winter CSA'ers. We are a small but merry bunch. Welcome to Winter! Hip hip!

Pick-ups are every other Wednesday on the farm, 3-6pm -- though we can adjust hours if slightly earlier or later suit any of you, and we can talk make-up days. Although the Winter goes as long as you like, depending upon availability -- it's the first year here -- and your preferences, here is the schedule should it actually go the distance:

  1. 12/06/17
  2. 12/20/17
  3. 01/03/18
  4. 01/17/18
  5. 01/31/18
  6. 02/14/18
  7. 02/28/18
  8. 03/14/18
  9. 03/28/18
  10. 04/11/18
  11. 04/25/18
  12. 05/09/18
  13. 05/23/18

Vegetable field work is hours away from being done for the year, which means a nice transition into soil nutrition -- lime and gyspum to spread -- and orchard care -- fruit trees to weed, mulch, and prune; blackberries to trellis; raspberries to mow and weed; and perennial herb and flower beds to clean and peruse for a possible spring reseeding. Also, as many seeds to order as the pennies permit.

Last week during pick-up, I walked the farm with an eye to the future, and spent the last few days running all the necessary numbers. The current finalization is an orchard expansion upward into the annuals -- blueberries, kiwiberries, muscadine grape hybrids, justaberries, seaberries -- with pomegranates and hazelnuts interlacing what is already there. PLUS, movement of the annual herbs and flower, and strawberries, to the top by the greenhouse, and the whole mid-rotation into grains: wheat, corn, staple beans, and possibly barley. The orchard fruit trees especially take money, so if you know of anyone who may be interested in joining next Summer, their dollars would make it happen a year or two sooner rather than later. And you get hundreds of dollars back for signing them up! :) Win-Win-Win.

Happy Winter everyone,
Ask questions if you have them,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Kale
Lettuce
Spicy Mix
Tatsoi
Tokyo Bekana

Veggies
Dry Beans
   - Carolina Crowder
   - Kenearly Yellow Eye
   - Kebarika
   - Midnight Black Turtle
   - Quincy Pinto
Leeks
Popcorn - Cherokee Long
Winter Squash
  - Long Island Cheese
  - Nantucket Long Pie
  - Butternut
  - Seminole

Roots
Beets
Carrots
Celeriac
Kohlrabi
Onion
Parsnip
Potato
Sunroot
Sweet Potato
Radish, Winter
Rutabaga
Turnip, Winter

Medicinal Roots
Ashwagandha
Burdock / Gobo

Culinary Herbs
Chives
Cilantro
Parsley
Garlic
Ginger
Hot Pepper
Lemongrass
Turmeric

Tea Herbs
Anise Hyssop
Basil, Italian
Catmint
Chocolate Mint
Lemon Balm
Lemongrass
Peppermint
Shiso
Spearmint
Sunset Hyssop
Thai Sweet Basil / Horapa
Tulsi / Holy Basil

 An ugly shot, but these are two quick hoops up for the winter. Some 15-inch ground posts plus 10-foot EMT bent to size, means a crawl-able tunnel for winter greens. When the farm is fully up and running, we'll have 5 hoops for the winter -- in the grain rotation and following a spring/summer fertility cover crop. Some of the advantages to these small movable hoops are: reduced cost, soil health in rotation, natural rain water and leaching as opposed to salt-buildup from well water, rotation-based fertility, disease reduction in rotation, and relatively easy future expansion.

An ugly shot, but these are two quick hoops up for the winter. Some 15-inch ground posts plus 10-foot EMT bent to size, means a crawl-able tunnel for winter greens. When the farm is fully up and running, we'll have 5 hoops for the winter -- in the grain rotation and following a spring/summer fertility cover crop. Some of the advantages to these small movable hoops are: reduced cost, soil health in rotation, natural rain water and leaching as opposed to salt-buildup from well water, rotation-based fertility, disease reduction in rotation, and relatively easy future expansion.