Like we have summer

Blackberry brambles get their annual pruning. This coming summer ought to be our first for proper production. Hip hip. I’m really hoping the ‘Triple Crown’ come on well, as they were the flavor winner last year.

Blackberry brambles get their annual pruning. This coming summer ought to be our first for proper production. Hip hip. I’m really hoping the ‘Triple Crown’ come on well, as they were the flavor winner last year.

2019 Week 05, Winter CSA 5 of 12

I’m sometimes a little little slow on the uptake, but usually in the end there’s something I take up. For example: I have been through two Julys on this farm, and nearly two Januaries, which is finally long enough to realize that we have our summer like we don’t have our winter. And these gorgeous days of late winter into spring are perhaps some of the best we ever get. Because, my, how they are great. I pruned the blackberries last week on a literally breathtaking day, as windy as it was sunny. Which was where I learned my lesson. How many months can we call crisp and scintillant?

We have another new member in the summer CSA, which is great for a long list of reasons, one of which being funds for new black raspberries. As you may remember, heavy spring rains and strawberries do not mix. These black raspberries come in at the same time — early June — and will be a higher ‘altitude,’ less susceptible counter to strawberry mold. The planting window for those is right around the corner, so it feels very good to have them on order for this year — with harvest in 2020 — as opposed to missing the window and waiting until 2021 to harvest. Hip hip!

Note that the spinach looks a little like it has been through some weather — which it has. Although I would rather not use row cover on the farm — it is made from plastic, which I have been removing from the farm’s field use — a winter covering would expedite growth and prevent desiccation. I lend you my ear.

See you on the farm,
Austin

PS: My favorite holiday — Groundhog Day — is this Saturday! … Cross quarter season to the winter solstice and the spring equinox, and a relatively useful marker for the perception of change.

Expected Harvest

Greens
Spinach

Veggies
Beets
Carrots
Celeriac
Radish, Winter
Sunroot
Sweet Potatoes
Turnip, Winter

Fruit
Raspberries
Strawberries

Herbs
Ashwagandha
Dried Culinary Herbs
Garlic
Ginger
Hot Pepper
Turmeric
Winter Teas

Staples
Popcorn

Althea Bread

Winter CSA Dates

01/30/19, 02/13/19, 02/27/19, 03/13/19, 03/27/19, 04/10/19, 04/24/19, 05/08/19, 05/22/19