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Les fleurs d'hiver ...

Les fleurs d'hiver ...

2018 Week 5, Winter CSA Pickup 5 of 13

Happy Groundhog day, all. Even if Bill Murray hadn't commemorated this mid-way through the journey, from the solstice to the equinox, with so fine a look at 'seeing' -- it is a movie about waking-up, isn't it? -- we'd be doing it here on the farm. Groundhog day marks the start of our farm year; we liven-up the greenhouse with seed flats of onions, beets, and hardy-annual flowers, and then follow it with kale, cabbage, broccoli, and kohlrabi a few weeks later.

A tray of onion seedlings, just popping from the soil, or still struggling to break free, might not be much to the un-farmed heart, but that green has iridescence, and we can taste it. It tastes like the entire expansiveness of our human life, we farmers might mutter. We would mutter, because who else could glance at a seed and know a truth like that? But we would accept the unbelieving, because everyone must have their own secret that stays secret, even though it has been said.

Aside from getting our soil-mix and cover crop seeds, planning the future farm, and weeding the asparagus for a new experimental seeding of subterranean / sub-clover as a kind of living/not-living mulch, I have spent most of my time updating the new crop and variety labels. As part of that work, I collected the histories and photos of the approximately one hundred tomato varieties planned for the coming year, and will have those in a book for you all this summer. When I bite into a lunchtime tomato-basil sandwich, I know the story behind the seed. Now you can, too.

See you on the farm,
Austin

 

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

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

Medicinal Roots
Ashwagandha
Burdock / Gobo

Culinary Herbs
Cilantro
Garlic
Hot Pepper

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

Grey, rainy days are some of my favorite.

Grey, rainy days are some of my favorite.