Finally Week 1 CSA is here! It was such an odd spring for us. From snowstorms, to a heat wave (which brought on a huge flea beetle attack!), to two nights of frosts that took out most of our field crops:-(
We have frantically been replanting everything from cucumbers to broccoli (the frost even took out our brassicas for the first time ever). We move forward because that is the only direction we can go on a farm.
Thanks everyone for your support. We are so excited about this season and eating fresh produce.
Please let us know if you have any problems with delivery or pickup, or if you have questions about the veggies.
While we're waiting for the weather to warm and things to grow, we thought we'd share a few pictures of the early season. The pictures below are of flats in the greenhouse, newly planted starts (seedlings), and garlic emerged from the mulch.
The first plants to go into the ground were brassicas, such as cabbages, kale, and broccoli. Next came onions, and soon it may be seeded crops like beans and carrots. It's all determined by the temperature and how dry the soil becomes.
What beautiful weather we're experiencing this early July. We're finally getting the summer heat we need for crops to grow! This week's farm share may include shell peas, garlic scapes, greens, summer squash, radicchio, and carrots.
We highly recommend soaking the radicchio in cold water and some salt for a half hour before eating. It takes some of the bitterness away. We did that recently and then made a slaw. It was delicious!
Garlic scapes can be used in stir-frys, grilled, used in pesto, pickled like dilly beans, etc. Basically they can be used just as you would use a green onion. If anyone is interested in making pesto or pickled scapes, please contact us as we may have extra available for purchase.
Did you know one way to keep kale fresh is to store it in water in a mason jar or clean vase, just like you would cut flowers? Just keep it on the counter!
Here are the varieties of vegetables in some of the shares this week:
First shares of the 2019 season may have contained scallions, Red Russian kale, a new variety of beets called Eagle, salad greens, and rhubarb. Our rhubarb has traveled all over the state, being passed on from generation to generation. It started in Union, then was moved to Bradford, Camden, Augusta, then here in Palermo...or so the story goes. Did you know it's very high in vitamin C? Aside from strawberry-rhubarb pie, if you slice it thin, it's excellent in coffee cake.
It's been a slow spring. Things are growing nicely and it's great to start enjoying the harvest.
What did you do with your veggies this week? Feel free to comment and share!
Wondering when the CSA will start?
Well, it's still a bit wet here at Wet Cellar Farm. We're finally able to walk in the garden beds, and one section was dry enough for Micah to till this weekend. However, the larger beds require work by the tractor, so those need to dry out a bit more. We're anxious to plant though and we have seedlings ready to go in the ground as soon as it's possible!
Please keep checking your email and this website page for updates. Vegetable shares will start sometime in June, but it's difficult to say exactly when. As I'm sure you understand, growing anything is so dependent on the cooperation of Mother Nature.
Registration for our 2019 CSA is closed. We are so pleased that all the slots are full. Thanks you to our returning members, the referrals you've made, and welcome to our new members!
Due to recent rain, the fields are now pretty soggy. That's good news, as drought seems inevitable due to climate change. But that means that field crops get a bit delayed. In the past, we've taken a break in between CSA weeks while we wait for the field crops to catch up. If that happens, we'll always give you a heads up.
Thank you again for joining our CSA and supporting our small farm. We look forward to providing all of you with fresh, locally grown vegetables.
Happy Valentines Day!
Please let us know if you have any feedback. We continue to grow and welcome any suggestions.
In this weeks share, you may see cabbage, beets, onions, peppers, winter squash, garlic, carrots, or celery. We also have plenty of pumpkins for sale at the farm. Feel free to take a drive out and pick one up at our farm stand. Call ahead if you're hoping to run into one of us!
Many thanks, Tracy, Micah, and Family at Wet Cellar Farm