Dried Culinary Herbs
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,