We’re doing things a little differently this year. Rather than putting together a newsletter that gets emailed exclusively to members, we’ll be posting our newsletters on the blog. We think this will be easier for members to access and keep up with; it will also allow non-members to get an idea of what the farm is like throughout the season. (I’m admittedly terrible at keeping up the blog during the warm months). Thus, welcome to week one!
The season’s off to a slow start, no doubt about it. We got our first outdoor crops in the ground about a month after we hoped to, and spent all of May working in starts and stops as the weather allowed. On rainy days, we did things like put up another hoop house and built some perennial hugelkultur beds on 15th Avenue:
When the sun shone, we spent many a 14+ hour day tilling soil, spreading compost, and getting crops in the ground. First brassicas and onions, then potatoes, carrots, beets, followed right on the heels by the nightshade family. Last week, we finally got the sweet potatoes and winter squash planted. Sigh. It seems that we’re mostly caught up with planting. And now the weeds are on our tails!
So here, we are, the second week in June. A short and strange season, thus far, but one with lots of promise. We’re in for some temperatures in the 80s this week! The plants will be rejoicing, and we hope you will be, too. Here’s what to expect in your first box:
- Salad Mix
- Collards, Chard, or Kale
- Broccoli Raab or Tat Soi
- U-pick herbs (chervil, oregano, sage, garlic chives, chives)- herbs are dependent on site.
The shares will start out with mostly leafy greens, and over the next two weeks we’ll add in scallions, Napa cabbage, kohlrabi, salad turnips, spinach, and bok choi. We know that the first few weeks will be smaller than average, but we wanted to start sharing the delicious veggies we have with our members. We’re so thankful to be supported by a community that’s understanding of the realities of nature. We just can’t change the weather!
See you this week!