Week 14, Winter 2014

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  • Overwintering Scallions – These scallions have been sitting in the ground since September.  They survived the sub 10-degree temps, the gloom, and the prowling geese.  They’re pretty special and hope you enjoy them!
  • Parsnips
  • German Butterball Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Red Beets
  • Rutabaga Rapini
  • White Russian Kale Rapini   It doesn’t get much better than this! The rapini from these plants is in it’s peak. Big succulent, super-sweet stalks. Great flavor fresh or cooked.  Try making a crunchy kale rapini salad!
  • Savoy Cabbage Rapini   This rapini comes from the Savoy Cabbage plant and has long tender shoots that are very sweet and mild in flavor. Excellent eaten fresh.
  • Salad Mix In this week’s salad is a mix of red and green cabbage, red russian kale, and brussels sprout rapini.

 

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Full greenhouses make Chloe smile.

 

 

Farm Happenings

The sun has come back again! To our relief, the gloomy month of rain  that the weathermen had initially forecasted was thankfully wrong. With a week of sunny weather we are getting back into the swing of things with field work–our muscles are a little sore as we start to get into summer farming shape again.

With this warm, dry window of weather this week we are working up more ground and transplanting our spring and early summer crops of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and collards. Also we are tackling the big project of weeding the garlic planting, which is growing quickly out in Stayton. Before we know it we will be harvesting the first of the green garlic (hopefully for the last week or two of the Winter CSA).

P1040221In addition to planting vegetables, we received the first fruit that will be planted on the farm: strawberries! It is a great feeling to start planting fruit on the farm, because unlike vegetables, these plants are a multi-year investment. This spring they will be planted, but we won’t receive any fruit from them until next season. These plants will then give us fruit for at least the next three years before we will have to replant. We are thankful to be on a more permanent piece of land here in West Salem that allows us to start making these long term investments that will give all of us fruit next year!

Another longer term crop that we are starting this year is artichokes. This season we are starting some plants that will hopefully survive next winter’s weather. The small plot that we planted last year winter-killed, but hopefully we will have better luck  this year.

In addition to the field work, we are continuing to plan for the Summer. Thanks to our CSA member, Spencer Rockwell, we have found a new outdoor Summer pick-up location for our Salem CSA, which will be located only a few blocks from our Winter pick-up site. We look forward to being outside again in the fresh, warm air of summer.

Baby leeks in the sunshine!
Baby leeks in the sunshine!

We are very excited for the Summer CSA this season and look forward to all of you joining us as we enter into Osprey Farm’s second season. This past year has been a great start to our farm and we are looking forward to continuing to grow with you as a community of seasonal eaters. Last year was the year of “dreaming” where we kept planning, thinking about the direction where we wanted our farm to go from here. This year we can actually start putting some of these plans into action. We would like to thank those of you who have given us input on what you would like from the farm, because this is just as much yours as it is ours.

We will continue to diversify the CSA with more fruits, dry beans, grains, and as suggested by multiple CSA members: flowers! We  always appreciate the input that you all give about the farm and what you would like us to grow, so keep communicating your ideas to us.

We hope you enjoy the beautiful weather this week and enjoy this week’s vegetables.

 

Week 7 Newsletter - Winter 2014

 

 

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