Last week it finally dried out enough for Juvencio to till the upper part of the field. By Sunday early he could till a section of the lower part of the field.
I planted all day on Sunday and managed to get the famous peas with their long roots into a 200 foot bed. We planted many shorter beds with spinach, chard, lettuce, bok choi, mizuna and cabbage. We seeded a bed of those incredible long beets “Cylindra” and a bed of red russet potatoes. I managed to sneak in a few beds of flowers as well.
We had great help from my parents, Steve and Geri and sister Dee and managed to get most of the peppers and eggplants transplanted into 4 inch pots. The previously transplanted tomatoes are ready to go into the greenhouse under a low poly tunnel this week.
This coming weekend we kick off the season with a potluck for members and friends. We will have square dancing, pizza making and farm tours. The fun starts at 3 and goes until 6 p.m.
The first months of the harvest will be hard. The vegetables are growing, but slowly with cold nights and little sun. We seem to be about 3 -4 weeks behind where we have been in past years as far as planting outside of the greenhouses. Even those vegetables in the greenhouse are slow to grow. This is what CSA is all about, sharing in the risk of farming. We can’t control alot about farming, but we do our best to be prepared for what is thrown at us.
This week we hope to harvest: chard, kale, spinach, arugala or watercress, mustard greens or beet greens, salad mix, leeks, maybe some raab and shallots (harvested last fall).