Week 7, Winter 2014

Rapini is on its way!

Rapini is on its way!

 

    • Parsnips- Try making a spicy curry with this week’s parsnips. There sweet flavor compliments the spice nicely.
    • Baby Red Beets
    • Gigante Kohlrabi
    • Carrots
    • Leeks
    • Yellow Finn Potatoes
    • Cranberry Beans (dry) – Enjoy the last round of the Cranberry beans. They are excellent in a thick chili or soup!
    • Hardneck and Softneck Garlic

 

 

Flooding at the farm

Flooding on the farm. Check out more photos on Facebook.

 

Farm Happenings

The snow has melted and with all the melt has come heavy rain, causing a surge of water to rush down our local streams and rivers. Yesterday this influx of water overflowed from the stream in the neighboring property and flowed onto the farm, flooding the northeast and southwest corners (check out the pictures on facebook). Thankfully the flood waters have not affected the areas where our overwintering crops are planted. In anticipation of the potential flood risk on this piece of low river bottom land, we planted these crops on the slightly higher ground. The water levels seem to have reached its peak in the Willamette River, so we expect the flood waters to begin receding as the rains lessen over the next few days.

With these rain storms has come warmer weather. If you step outside you will notice that plants are starting to bud out. The hint of spring is in the air and the plants that survived what winter has thrown at them thus far, stand strong with new growth. Before we know it the first of the daffodils will be in full bloom and the trees will once again have all of their leaves.

Yesterday, when we were out inspecting the floods we noticed the first of the rapini coming on!  Rapini is the flowering head of the Brassica plant family  (cabbage, kale, collards, turnips, rutabaga, arugala, brussels sprouts, etc.). Rapini is the result of the overwintering plants trying to go to seed in the spring. For us, this means we have an abundance of delicious, tender shoots of leafy greens to eat. The flavor varies between the different types of Brassica plants, some having a more sweet flavor, while others may have a more mustardy bite. We expect the majority of the rapini to start producing mid to late March, but it varies year to year due to changing weather patterns.

While the rapini is on it’s way the purple sprouting broccoli may be on it’s way out. After a week of “recovery” time after the snow, the plants are looking pretty haggard. While some may recover, it doesn’t look like they will be producing a ton this season due to the multiple cold weather spells that we have had this winter. This being said we are making the decision to hold off on greens for another week. The kale and collard plants are re-growing new leaves quite nicely, however, we want to ensure that the plants keep growing healthily and not harvest them to early before they are ready. Deciding when to harvest is a delicate matter, since you do not want to diminish the future yields of the plant in the upcoming weeks.

Next Tuesday we plan to have baby kale and will continue to have some form of greens included in the share as much as possible. We have had some setbacks with the weather this winter, however, it looks like many of the plants are recovering well.

Enjoy this week’s share of  vegetables.

 

 

Week 7 Newsletter - Winter 2014

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