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The Sharp Edge of Winter

Posted 1/22/2013 11:04am by Debra Brubaker .

Farm Notes…

This week we are being reminded of the sharp edge winter can have. As the forecasters predicted temperatures that would not exceed freezing for the early part of this week, we started to scramble on Sunday afternoon to ensure that we had a large enough window of time to harvest greens from the greenhouse before they froze again. Luckily we finished late afternoon yesterday just as the temperatures started to plummet. While the cold temperatures create some anxiety for me, as I worry whether the greenhouses will be warm enough to allow for enough growth to supply our next harvest, I am grateful for some truly cold temperatures, as they provide helpful control of insect pest populations for the coming season. So thank you, winter… and thank you, wood stove!

Despite the fact that we are experiencing the coldest temperatures of the year, our summer season is fully in motion. We have nearly 20,000 onion plants emerging in our heated propagation greenhouse and will soon be starting scallions, lettuces, peppers, and tomatoes in the next several weeks.

We have also opened our signups for our Summer CSA. We hope many of you will consider sticking with us for the coming season. Visit our website, the extra’s table (staffed distributions), or email CSA@villageacresfarm.com to get more information and sign up!


Vegetable Notes:

This week we decided to give you a break on the Butternut Squash. For those of you who can’t get enough, don’t worry they will be back. We were fortunate to have a good crop last fall, and they seem to be keeping well.

Spinach/Kale Choice: The Spinach harvests and Kale harvests were both on the shy side, so in an effort to give a decent portion size, we are offering these items as a choice.

Red Beets with tops: For those of you at a staffed distribution site, these will be outside the box for you to pick up is you enjoy beets. These beets were an experiment in our new large greenhouse, and unfortunately they have been very slow at “sizing up”, and now we need to the space for staying on track with lettuce mix planting. While the roots are small, the tops provide a nice edible portion as well. They can be used in place of chard or any other cooking green.

In the Box: Sweet potatoes, Potatoes, Celeriac, Green Cabbage, Bok Choy, Mesclun Mix, Spinach/Kale, Onions, Garlic, Rutabaga, and Carrots.