Friends

 The crimson clover flowers, the bumblee bee(s) buzz by.

The crimson clover flowers, the bumblee bee(s) buzz by.

2018 Week 19, Winter CSA Pickup 12 of 13

Good morning, all,

When I taught ecology in the Catskills some years ago, the director of the program told a story of how he had gone to the City (New York) to teach a special-needs class, and almost immediately upon entering the classroom, the students started to chime -- almost chant -- "New friend. We have a new friend!" And so did I, this weekend, at our first (of two) Open Houses. So many nice folks stopped by the farm, and showed such real enjoyment with the season, that I thought I heard that chant again .. and it was we me, inwardly singing it out: New friends!

One of my first few years farming, in Pennsylvania, I had the task of mowing the lawn around the farmhouse every week. I made a little extra money, but I also discovered that while from week to week it's nearly impossible to intuitively track the growth of corn or tomatoes or squash, the lawn is dead simple. If the grass is growing well, everything else must be, too. Which is how we know that the crops which just hung out in the field the last few weeks, are finally starting to push for summer. That's a good feeling. But it also directs me to alter the plan for next spring, with a 2-week later planting of the first round of corn, squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes: less chance for frost damage, and just better conditions for growing, and not simply hanging-out.

I had the first strawberry of the year while transplanting tomatoes yesterday, but it will be another week (or so) before the real onslaught begins. I suspect there with be a literal few for the pick-up tomorrow. We have another crate of spinach, which you so daintily took last week. Please feel free to take more! Blend it in orange juice and water for some frothy green yumminess.

See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Spinach

Veggies
Dry Beans
   - Carolina Crowder
   - Kenearly Yellow Eye
   - Midnight Black Turtle
   - Quincy Pinto
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
Chives, Garlic / Chinese
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

 Once the Onion Chives begin to flower, the stalks loose their softness. These will be in with a small 'harvest' of Flowers, but the Chinese/Garlic Chives are still on.

Once the Onion Chives begin to flower, the stalks loose their softness. These will be in with a small 'harvest' of Flowers, but the Chinese/Garlic Chives are still on.