February 5th, 2016
The crisp air and white heaps on the ground indicate that Spring has made a retreat, like the groundhog whose nose was nipped on Tuesday. Yet, hope abounds that it was just a temporary sting of defeat and that Spring will regroup and continue to do battle with the Arctic air and the immense forces of El Nino. Sunshine will win the war.
Inside the hoop house, signs of victory are appearing. Growth has accelerated with the lengthening days and flower buds are nearing bloom. I will be harvesting mustard greens, tender and flavorful arugula, kale, chard, spinach and Berry Patch Blend. As the nights warm again and the plants can be exposed to more daylight over the next few weeks, abundance will increase. The salad mix, bok choy and mustard greens that were seeded last week in the greenhouse are, thus far, thriving and will be ready for transplant into the greenhouse in about three weeks to provide for an abundance of tasty greens in April.
The farm market will be open this Saturday, February 6th, from 10 am until 2 pm. We will be offering the greens listed above along with our other winter offerings including beets, cabbage, orange and colored carrots, celeriac, leeks, onions, sun chokes, rutabagas, parsnips, frozen tomatoes, peppers, green beans and okra, dried red chili and cannellini beans, onions, garlic, Yukon Gold potatoes and more. Sweet Pickle Farm eggs and Heart Song Farms grass-fed beef are also offered.
Our winter cabbage is sweet and crunchy for quick slaws, stir-fries and soups. Our winter kale is so tasty simply sauteed in olive oil with a dash of our crushed red pepper. Higher consumption of brassicas like cabbage and kale is associated with significantly reduced incidents of stroke. Enjoy some delicious prevention!
Bronco orange roasted red pepper and cannellini hummus will surely guarantee a Super Bowl win – at least for you! Spring is coming!