The day approaches when the veggies shall flow from the Earth....
A day of rain is a great time to sit down here at the farm and take stock of where we are, think ahead to whats coming, and simply appreciate the edible journey we are all about to undertake! These farmers here at Fresh Starts Farm have already been plugging away for well over a month, and have nearly all the crops planted, aside from a few of the truly heat-loving plants like peppers and eggplants (they are eagerly awaiting their turn).
We are just 10 days away from the June 16th start date, and we are looking to get this message out, and one more next weekend, to you all prior to the start of the CSA Season. This Newsblog will also be the format we will use for our weekly newsletter, where we will give you farm updates, include recipes, processing ideas and whatever else inspires us on a given week. One of the advantages of this type of newsletter is that all the recipes will be easily scrollable as we go through the season, and you can look back to find a recipe favorite.
If you want to stay even more connected, we do lightly manage our Facebook Page where we will post pics and thoughts. Or we write a blog which gives more in-depth thoughts and perspectives on the farm and future directions.
What to expect and when to expect it
Some of you are gardeners and have an understanding of what to expect and when to expect it, but others may have no idea, so we thought it would be a good starter to introduce you all to the season ahead.
Weeks 1 thru 3 (June 16th - 30th) will be heavier on the greens, with lettuce mix, head lettuce, spinach, romaine, sautee greens (kale/rainbow chard), cilantro, along with radishes and kohlrabi. As we hit week 3, the first of the broccoli should be kicking in.
As we move beyond the early summer, the mid-summer crops will come to fruition in weeks 4 thru 6 (July 7th - 21st). You can expect to see more broccoli, now joined by cabbage, along with spring onions, carrots, beets, green beans, zucchini, and continued salad mix and sautee greens (kale/rainbow chard/collards).
Around week 6 or 7 (July 21st -28th) the meat of the summer arrives, with the heat-loving crops coming to bear. These include tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers (hot peppers too for those heat-lovers out there!), cucumbers, sweet corn, watermelons and canteloupe. During this time of the season, you can expect continued carrots, beets, zucchini, sautee greens and another round of green beans.
Finishing off the season as we move into the Fall (I know, horrible to think about at this time of the summer, but it has to be done), the summer crops will hang in there for a little while longer, but be replaced with more of the spring/early summer crops again. You can expect another round of broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, spinach, radishes, cilantro, head lettuce, and romaine, but joined by a few more novelties like chinese cabbage, arugula, pac choi, cauliflower and turnips. And let's not forget, that Fall is the time of the Winter Squash (this farmers personal FAVORITE!!).
Fresh Starts Farm is excited to be growing food for each and every one of you, and can't wait to get to know each of you better.