Week 16, Winter CSA

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  • Spring Greens Salad Mix — Mix of tender new greens from the field!  Arugula, Lettuce, Yakina Savoy, Mizuna, and Ruby Streaks. If you like mild, tender greens you are going to love this mix!
  • Red Beets
  • Garlic
  • Red and Yellow Cipollini onions
  • Leeks
  • German Butterball Potatoes
  • Rapini
  • Pink Beauty Radishes — We sowed these radishes in the field during a sunny week in early march. Now these bright pink, sweet, juicy radishes are ready to wake up our taste buds and prepare us for another season of fresh, flavorful vegetables.
  • Carnival Winter Squash

 

Farm Happenings:

We are now entering the time of year where we are saying goodbye to the winter diet and are eagerly awaiting the new food of spring. A time of transition, when we are between winter crops and the first new plantings of the year. Mid April to May is considered to be “hungry gap” in the Pacific Northwest. A period where there can be little to no fresh produce coming from the fields and the storage crops are either running low or are starting to deteriorate in quality. Depending on the winter and spring weather this can be a difficult time to find locally grown food. This is the time that we choose to take a break from the CSA, but we hope in future years that we will be able to work are way up to providing food during this challenging time for farmers.

In a culture where food from all over the world is at our fingertips on a daily basis, we forget what it feels like to be seasonally hungry. Choosing to support a local farmer as they produce food for their community is a choice to actively participate in this “hungry gap”. It is an acknowledgement that both farmers and consumers alike are dependent upon what the environment brings each year whether it be drought, floods, or snow. Every season brings us something different.

It is also a choice to explore different flavors and textures that aren’t ordinarily apart of our food culture here in the U.S. This involves the commitment to cooking and learning, embracing the “gap” and looking forward to the summer harvests to come.

At the farm most of the overwintering crops got mowed down yesterday and the fields are looking relatively bare. Just a few overwintering plantings remain and a little over an acre of new baby plants that were set into the ground this spring. It is a strange feeling to look over the now empty fields that were full of food all last year. The overwintering plants that we worked so hard to keep alive all winter long are gone with one pass of the mower. For us, it is almost like we are celebrating the new year again. A fresh start when the new growing season takes off as we bring the previous season to a close.

This week the first couple plantings of spring have reached maturity and we will be enjoying this harvest from the new growing season! The “hungry gap” lessened by these beautiful pink beauty radishes and a tender mix of spring greens. The “gap” does not seem as harsh this year with the warmer spring that we have had. The new plantings are maturing quickly, especially with the summerlike weather that we had this weekend.

In future years we hope to continue to explore different vegetables and varieties that will lessen the “hungry gap”. Next winter we will be adding sunchokes and storage radishes to the Winter CSA as well as trialing burdock and salsify. As we have mentioned before we will be growing over an acre of dry beans and corn to make them a staple each week of the CSA. We will also be trialing quinoa, oats, flax and amaranth. If the trials go well they too will be apart of the CSA. And as always we will be exploring new greens that can endure cold weather.

We look forward to the challenges of winter farming as our farm continues to grow. Thanks for joining us as we grow year round food for our community! We hope you enjoy the last two week’s of the Winter CSA.

 

Week 1 Newsletter - Winter 2014

 

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