Harvest Selection (subject to the whims of Mother Nature):
Purple Kohlrabi, Head Lettuce, various Kales, Chard, Baby Bok Choy, Scallions, Sweet Salad Turnips, Arugula, Mustard Greens, Parsley, and more…
Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,
It has been one rainy week. Or rather, three rainy weeks, by now. Last week, 5 inches of rain fell from the sky. Long downpour after long downpour soaked us and the fields. No cultivation occurred, no tractors went out to the field for bed shaping or transplanting. It has let us focus on harvesting and fence raising, and we've caught up with greenhouse seeding, all good things.
But we could do with a little dry spell! So far, the only crop negatively effected (aside from the bountiful and unchecked weed growth) has been one bed or head lettuce, too wet to hold up to harvest. Which is fine, we planted quite a bit of lettuce and it has not held us back from sharing quite a bit with you. We are learning the intricacies and quirks of our new field, which spots are particularly wet, which ones dry quicker, which ones hold thistle and which ones are more prone to sedge grass carpets. All spots seem to love vegetables, which you can see in the lush growth laid before you at harvest time. Beets and Napa Cabbage are coming next week, and probably even summer squash and zucchini. If only the sun would come out!
But 15 inches in 3 weeks, oh my. Over an acre, one inch of rainfall equals 27,154 gallons. Colloquially, at least to farmers, one hopes for one inch of rainfall per week for good crop growth. Of course, this depends on your soil's water holding ability – at our last landbase, we hoped for an inch more often than once a week, as it was excessively well drained. Here, an inch would hold us in good stead. Over the last week and a half, our soil has gathered over 150,000 gallons in an acre. Over our ten acres? Yep, that's a crazy amount of water. And a fair share of it still sits on top, slowly sifting through the silt and sand and clay in our field. Very different experience from our previous acreage!
Fortunately, the vegetables still look, and taste, great. So, we try to let the stress of so much water roll off our shoulders like the rain drops they were.
This is the very last minute that you can order Maple Syrup!!!! Email me now, and check out the pricing and sizes on our add-on sheet at www.lineagefarmcsa.com/signup.
A bit soggy,
Jen and Jon, and little Sammy
Andrea, Alex, and Claire