We’re back! Week 1, Winter CSA.

 

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  • Black Turtle Beans
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Celery Root
  • Purple Viking Potatoes
  • Collard Greens
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Butternut Squash

 

Farm Happenings

Welcome to the Winter CSA! We are excited to have all of you join us for the bountiful winter season.

Eleven months ago we sat, looking at our planting schedule deciding what we wanted to grow for this winter. Now in the new year we are sitting pretty with mountains of vegetables filling our dry storage and cooler just waiting to be taken home with all of you. More varieties than last year to keep our diets diversified when the soil is in hibernation.

Out in the field the vegetables are looking great with the more moderate winter weather P1060432that we have had thus far. Unlike last January, the plants look healthy and full! The month of hard freeze that we had last season didn’t appear this December and the plants are thankful for that. Currently we are overwhelmed with an abundance of greens, Brussels sprouts, and leeks, with purple sprouting broccoli and overwintering cauliflower on its way. This year we are crossing our fingers that we will have greens weekly all the way through the CSA if these weather trends continue.

During the winter break we had an alarming weather event that doesn’t happen every day. Slammed by rain, Detroit Lake area was given a whopping 5.5” of rain in 24 hours. As we are on Willamette River flood ground heavy rainfall always puts us on alert! With the Willamette River bordering one side of our farm and Glen Creek on the other side, our land is at risk of flooding. Most of the predicted rainfall ended up falling east of Salem, flowing down from the mountains into the Santiam and Willamette Rivers.

Since the river levels were low before the rain it wasn’t quite enough to raise the river high enough to flood our ground. With the rain falling to the east Glen Creek did not fill up as badly as we thought it might, resulting in only a few puddles running onto our land. Glen Creek is always first to flood our land as we saw last year when we had a few small lakes out in our fields.

At some point though we will see the complete flooding of our fields. A neighbor of ours came by to show us pictures from the 2012 flooding where water was up to the road on both sides.P1060429

For now that it is a risk that we have to take, however, our eyes are always looking out for land that will give us a little more security from flooding. If floods arise we will deal with it when they come, but we hope that they hold off for the next few years as we search for more permanent land.

We are looking forward to this Winter and are feeling confident that it is going to be a good season! The weather is cooperating this year and we are constantly learning new ways of growing during the cold, wet months. We are grateful for this time of year, because the cold weather brings more sweet, delicious vegetables that you just can’t get anywhere else.

Enjoy the vegetables this season!

 

 

Week 1 Newsletter - Winter 2014

 

 

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