Miracles

 The Onions pop from their soil blocks.

The Onions pop from their soil blocks.

2018 Week 7, Winter CSA Pickup 6 of 13

The upside to nothing in farming ever being a foregone conclusion -- that the seeds come up, or the rains come down, or the tomatoes mature, or the farmers' market fills with veggie-lovers -- the upside, is that everything's a miracle. And so it is with our first beets and onions. We put them in the soil-blocks, we water them, we heat them, we protect them from critters -- and, of course, we cross our fingers, and our toes, and our eyes. We do this, spring after spring, and when they come up ... every time, we marvel. As though this weren't a 10,000 year-old profession, and weren't also ours to boot. But, yes, the onions and beets are up, and the farm, as all do, continues to move from fist pump to jig to fist pump, and back again.

We have had 4.5 inches of rain so far this month, with more coming in the forecast. It may or may not delay an early March planting of spinach and carrots -- which, themselves, may or may not be delayed by the weather that follows. More importantly, though, the pathway to the greenhouse is currently soggy. I will be rolling out some tarps, but do know that I have a gravel path (and cottage garden) entry all ready and planned. I hope to have the money for the gravel by June, or earlier if CSA sales go well. Please hold tight until then, and thank you!

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

 A new critter cage / seedling house for the spring. We lost onions, tomatoes, flowers, squash, watermelons, and many flowers last year to critters ... which was no fun. So, here's to fun! It does equally well in spring and summer -- twin-wall polycarbonate on the sides for insulation and light, and any top insulation for spring, with a breathable top for summer. Hip hip.

A new critter cage / seedling house for the spring. We lost onions, tomatoes, flowers, squash, watermelons, and many flowers last year to critters ... which was no fun. So, here's to fun! It does equally well in spring and summer -- twin-wall polycarbonate on the sides for insulation and light, and any top insulation for spring, with a breathable top for summer. Hip hip.

 This is how we start. Remember when it was sunny, all that last week ago? I don't. :)

This is how we start. Remember when it was sunny, all that last week ago? I don't. :)