6 Weeks

The fresh onions settle into their new home, and the garlic asks for a chicory mowing. :)

The fresh onions settle into their new home, and the garlic asks for a chicory mowing. :)

Expected Harvest

Veggies
Asparagus*
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

04/24/19, 05/08/19, 05/22/19

2019 Week 17, Winter CSA 10 of 12

Busy, busy, and out to the field. But a quick note for you all, these 6 weeks before the first week of the Summer CSA.

The beans and the radishes are up! and the soybeans are coming, as well as a trial of direct-seeded early corn and squash. The latter are part of an effort to get more roots earth-bound, and included a soaking in a new "nutrient stew" of beneficial bacteria, fungi, and fermented alfalfa and kelp. Next week the tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and corn officially go out from the greenhouse ... to complement the lettuce, kale, and chard already out there. This relatively late planting -- by my history -- is meant to balance the trouble these early crops have faced in the cold the last two years. Here’s to hoping that a better childhood will help them as adults — and what kind of parent am I to treat them so poorly so young? :) Although many of the transplants looked weak on greenhouse-exit this year, they seem to be taking to the field really well. That feels great! The onions, for example, are shaping-up, as are the broccoli family crops.

The first year of asparagus harvest is upon us, and I am watching how it all plays out. The first true day of harvest was yesterday, when we got 12 pounds on one farm walk-around. Although it takes some years before the planting is well enough established to bear a multi-week harvest, I think we have at least two weeks of picking available to us this year. Hip hip. I am still getting my bearings on this new-to-me crop, and am excited to dig in a bit to its whole story.

Starting this Sunday, 12-2pm, I will be having an "Atelier Farm CSA Open House & Field Walk." Weather dependent, it will happen the next few Sundays. If you know of anyone who might be interested in the CSA or Farmstand, send them this way! Or come yourself, if you'd like a refresher on the past, present, and future of the farm.

As always, all my thanks,
Off to plant the potatoes!

See you on the farm,
Austin

Carrots pop up. WALF (Weeks After Last Frost) 2 is a busy one, but maybe we’ll get to weeding those by the end of the week. Otherwise WALF 3 looks like a good time to thin and clean them up. The beets would like some similar attention.

Carrots pop up. WALF (Weeks After Last Frost) 2 is a busy one, but maybe we’ll get to weeding those by the end of the week. Otherwise WALF 3 looks like a good time to thin and clean them up. The beets would like some similar attention.

You tasted and you told. This year we have all the basils that you liked best, plus a new one to trial.

You tasted and you told. This year we have all the basils that you liked best, plus a new one to trial.

This year — I swear — we will find the time to get our perennial flowers out into the field, and NOT dump them in the compost. Part of this week’s plan involves the initial bed prep to make that happen. Here’s to 20-some varieties of perennial flowers for the larder.

This year — I swear — we will find the time to get our perennial flowers out into the field, and NOT dump them in the compost. Part of this week’s plan involves the initial bed prep to make that happen. Here’s to 20-some varieties of perennial flowers for the larder.