Rain

 How exciting! I didn’t do any of the work, but it’s still pretty cool to have farm honey. Some big farmers actually import hives to pollinate their early summer squash seedings, or their orchards, for that more common matter.

How exciting! I didn’t do any of the work, but it’s still pretty cool to have farm honey. Some big farmers actually import hives to pollinate their early summer squash seedings, or their orchards, for that more common matter.

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After the last three, this new two inches of rain delays us a bit more in the planting of garlic. But a favorite farmer and early mentor of mine, way up in Zone 5 New York, just got his cloves in the ground, so we have some permissive leeway. I can double-check the gauge, but we are inching nearer to five feet of rain for the season, which means that we are nearly literally up to our eyeballs in it. I have visions of cousins standing shoulder-to-shoulder beneath the “you must be this tall to ride this ride” sign of total accumulation, and so pretty clearly showing the ridiculousness of the rain this year. For now, that mental image will have to do. Just wild.

We had a 17F low this past Sunday morning. With forecasts saying as much, I spent Saturday harvesting the winter radishes, turnips, carrots, and celeriac, as well as some Asian greens, leeks, and herbs. Most things on the farm seem to have made it through okay, though. I made a bit of a calculated risk, and did not harvest any extra lettuce, as I already had a bin extra after last week. It also looks pretty good in the field, which means that we — tentatively — should have lettuce all the way through to the end of “Summer.”

I will spend this pick-up working through the super-modified Winter CSA and end-of-summer bulk-buy plan. The latter of which would simply consist of bulk berries, garlic, roots, etc. for sale at the last pick-up, or the week or two beyond. Let me know your thoughts.

For those searching for further uses for your turmeric, try some golden milk. Don’t skip the black pepper, as it has been shown to be critical in the absorption of the more important compounds in turmeric. Also, note that the new ashwgandha & burdock go very well together in a slow-cooker decoction for when you come in from the cold. My favorite.

Stay cozy,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Asian Greens
Kale
Lettuce

Veggies
Carrots
Celeriac
Fennel, Bulb
Onion
Radish, Daikon
Sunroot
Sweet Potatoes
Turnip, Winter*

Fruit
Raspberries

Herbs
Ashwagandha
Burdock*
Cilantro
Dill
Garlic
Ginger
Hot Pepper
Lemongrass
Mint
Turmeric

Staples
Beans, Dry
Popcorn

The Pickle Pile

 Berseem clover prickles in the sunrise after a 17F low. I harvested a few crops early, before that night, just in case they didn’t make it …

Berseem clover prickles in the sunrise after a 17F low. I harvested a few crops early, before that night, just in case they didn’t make it …

 I reckon the standard farm penalty for complaints regarding the digging of carrots, should be the digging of burdock. :) I took a record of leaf size, so I don’t forget in the future plan … because they’re big!

I reckon the standard farm penalty for complaints regarding the digging of carrots, should be the digging of burdock. :) I took a record of leaf size, so I don’t forget in the future plan … because they’re big!

 ‘Dazzling Blue Lacinato’ kale. I am trialing 8 varieties of kale for winter-into-spring cold-hardiness this year … plus a slew more next year. Although coming from a very similar genetic place as ‘Rainbow Lacinato,’ this ‘Dazzling Blue Lacinato,’ is a bit more stable in its variation, and just looks better to me. A nice new find. Lacinato types, in general, are not renowned for their cold tolerance, but they don’t do well with the spring bugs here either, so this variety, with its better cold-hardiness, gets them in the door. Great.

‘Dazzling Blue Lacinato’ kale. I am trialing 8 varieties of kale for winter-into-spring cold-hardiness this year … plus a slew more next year. Although coming from a very similar genetic place as ‘Rainbow Lacinato,’ this ‘Dazzling Blue Lacinato,’ is a bit more stable in its variation, and just looks better to me. A nice new find. Lacinato types, in general, are not renowned for their cold tolerance, but they don’t do well with the spring bugs here either, so this variety, with its better cold-hardiness, gets them in the door. Great.