Well now the sun is shining; the weather has turned quasi dependable, and while we are still full speed ahead, we can finally begin to see the season taking shape around the farm.
The spring crops are finally all planted and growing beautifully. They have passed that critical stage of tiny fragile seedlings and have established themselves as healthy and thriving plants. The seemingly unending cold wintry weather not only delayed many of our early plantings, but it also slowed down everything we put in the ground. Organic growing utilizes the soil's natural fertility, accessed through decomposition and bacterial activity. When the ground is cold, however, those bacteria slow down drastically and so our plants can't access the nutrients they need to thrive. I'm not going to lie. When the temperature refused to go above 50 and continued to drop below 20 throughout much of April, we may have panicked a teensy bit. But nature continues to amaze us, and as the soils warm, our plants have begun to grow exponentially, and their initial slow creeping growth pace seems a mere memory.
Our high tunnel (an unheated greenhouse), one of our favorite farm tools, is planted full of summer crops that we are able to get in early due to the solar heat it harnesses. Thanks to the high tunnel, we should all be able to enjoy early harvests of cucumbers, green beans, and brandywine tomatoes.
This week we are shifting focus away from the spring crops, as we plant out all of our summer crops. Two days ago, the summer squash, tomatilloes, and okra went out. Today, tomatoes and eggplant. And then peppers, melons, winter squash, pumpkins, and more cucumbers and summer squash to follow!
And now, the question of the week! Many of you have been wondering when CSA will begin. We usually start the first week of June, however, our schedule is slightly behind and so we will likely begin the second week of June. Look for an email from us as we get closer to those dates to confirm the official start.
This spring, you can look forward to spinach, kale, chard, hakurei turnips, radishes, spring onions, spring garlic, garlic scapes, bok choy, broccoli rabe, strawberries, lettuce, spring mix, carrots, beets, peas, fennel, arugula, herbs, potatoes, summer squash, and some early cucumbers and green beans from our high tunnel.
We hope you are all as excited as we are for the season to get going! And for those of you who cant wait. We do have a beautiful spinach crop ready for harvesting, so feel free to stop by the farm on Saturday between 10 and 4 to pick up a bag of fresh young tender spinach.