Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has pie pumpkins, garlic, onions, peppers – some hot, sweet potatoes, winter kohlrabi, Napa cabbage, greens and parsley. Field Notes.  As the prior blog entry indicates we have had a 70 degree temperature shift in three weeks.  October was unseasonably warm and last week was unseasonably cold.  We are working with and around the weather.  We need temperatures above freezing to harvest greens or they simply turn to …

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Seventy Degrees in Three Weeks

This fall has presented challenges. We had some unseasonably warm weather – 73 degrees in October.  This meant it was tough to keep the root cellar cool enough for the roots.  Too warm and vegetables will either rot or start growing.  Neither helps flavor of nutrition! Once it cooled off, temperatures plummeted.  this made harvest tough.  The weather needs to be cool but above freezing or the vegetables thaw and turn to mush. This week …

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Break from the Root Cellar – Squash and Onions Come Inside

Yesterday while Ken was at a bee workshop, I moved the squash and onions inside to the north east corner of the main floor.  The forecast of low temperatures below twenty degrees provided incentive!  The squash had been on racks covered with a tarp and with a light inside the racks for heat.  I packed bulb crates and got them inside. Then I opened the hay enclosure Ken had made for the onions and garlic …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden! This week’s CSA box has salad mix, braising mix, stuffing tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beets, winter squash, salad turnips, onions, garlic, and herbs       Field Notes.  The “Big Dig” as I call it is well upon us.  Spring and fall are the busiest times for a farm.  In spring it is planting and in fall it is harvest.  This year we have some help.  Last Tuesday it was beets, carrots, …

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Root Cellar Progress

Last week we had harvested the bulk of the carrots.  This week we harvested the rest of the carrots, beets, and celery root.  Today I got the celery root in sand in the tubs in the root cellar and the rest of the carrots sorted and in tubs over the barrel of carrots we harvested previously. Tomorrow I will get the beets in the next barrel.  Then we will bring in the kohlrabi, rutabagas, and …

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Extending the Season – Hoopettes

Each fall there is a period of frost, but days with enough heat  so plants can survive and remain alive.  Ken erects what he calls hoopettes over crops that will take some cold weather.  The season can continue for quite some time.  It all depends on the weather!     If the snow falls and covers the soil like a blanket, and the frost does not creep in and freeze the soil in the hoopettes, …

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Bringing in More Crops for Winter

This fall has been warm.  The root cellar is now cool and the crops need to come out of the fields and into the yard.  We cover them with tarps as I fill the root cellar for winter. Here is this year’s winter kohlrabi, rutabagas, and cabbage.  Thank you, Suzanne for all your help.

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Onions and Squash Still Outside.

The onions and squash are still outside curing.  Ken has created an insulated space for the onions using hay bales and the ground heat.  We then covered the onions with plywood and tarp.        The squash is in the racks with a tarp to keep it out of the wind and a light to provide heat to maintain temperature above freezing.         Once it gets really cold and the house …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, lettuce, braising greens, salad turnips, bok choy, onions or leeks, garlic, squash, carrots, and herbs Field Notes.  The forecast looks like fall is finally here.  The wide temperature variations have presented challenges for all farmers.  Temperatures in the 80’s and rain make it tough  to bring the onions and squash into the 75 degree house!  Now we will harvest the end of the more tender …

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Getting in the Squash

Each year near the first frost I get the onions that have been curing on the racks off the racks in time to put the winter squash on the racks to cure.  Ken picked all the squash up, stacked in piles and got into tubs.  He hauled the tubs by the racks for me.  He looked tired!     Then I teased him for a photo and he perked up!           …

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