A good rain

A Whistler-Wyeth day, last year. The camera sent all its bits back to the ether, so in the meantime permit a retrospective.

A Whistler-Wyeth day, last year. The camera sent all its bits back to the ether, so in the meantime permit a retrospective.

2019 Week 15, Winter CSA 10 of 12

Happy spring, indeed! Things are changing here on the farm. To wit, I was a bit uncomfortable for a bit of moment, on my seat just now, before I emptied my back pockets of the handfuls of dirt they had accumulated. Yes, we are in new territory. And it feels — and smells — great. Not only does it smell like good weather for growing, I think it also smells like the very fact of growing itself.

The garlic shoots look magnificent in their straight greenness, as do all our newly transplanted alliums — fresh onions, storage onions, shallots, and leeks. I am still working through why the spring brassica — kale, cabbage, broccoli, and kohlrabi — do not like the out-of-doors transition, but at present they’re all alive, which is the positive opposite of last year!

These last two rains I would call “good.” By which, I really mean, great. Just 0.4” over a day, or even this last 0.15” over a late afternoon, with overcast skies, were just the kind of thing to settle a slew of transplants into their new home. For as much rain as we had last year, I don’t actually believe we ever had “a good rain.” We had many 2 inch, and 3 inch, and 4 inch storms; there was even that one day that broke the ‘dry’ spell in July, when we had a 7 inch rain. But, never the kind that settled the farm into itself. How deep-in-the-heart comforting, then, to benedict this new year with a good rain.

Time permitting, I clean the asparagus beds at the end of the week, and maybe do some mild spelunking, to see how close we are to harvest. By last year’s count, Asparagus will be ready next week … though have not had enough time on this farm to know its normal timing. I will send a note out when the harvest begins! Oh, and fresh cilantro is on the list for the week.

I hope you all are so well,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

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

Fruit
Raspberries
Strawberries

Herbs
Fresh Cilantro*

Ashwagandha
Dried Culinary Herbs
Garlic
Ginger
Hot Pepper
Turmeric
Winter Teas

Staples
Popcorn

Althea Bread

Winter CSA Dates

04/10/19, 04/24/19, 05/08/19, 05/22/19

Last year looks much like this year, but for the basil, which I have seeded later, to skip the late frosts.

Last year looks much like this year, but for the basil, which I have seeded later, to skip the late frosts.