Extended Fall CSA Week 4

So much bounty this time of year. Planning a fall extended season meant that in late-summer we just kept planting large amounts of starts. Without really knowing how the response to this extended season CSA would pan out, turns out we nailed our planting numbers and volumes spot on. Cool weather has set in and now with daylight now dwindling, cold hardy crops are storing very well in the field. Thanks as always to our members for support.

Micro-spicy Mix and Pea Shoots started on heat mats. Greens all year!

Micro-spicy Mix and Pea Shoots started on heat mats. Greens all year!

A strong supply of greens is still going in the field as we move into the heart of fall. Spinach transplants into the greenhouse are now to harvestable size and mesclun mix in the field is still holding well. During a time of year that feels so short in supply of fresh produce, a few hundred feet of crispy greens is a treat. This is my first time growing a year round supply of lettuce and mesclun greens, so everything is an edible experiment.

Fresh greens from the greenhouse all winter long.

Fresh greens from the greenhouse all winter long.

My mom, Teresa, gets into town next week and we are in for a two week adventure together. Last time we vacationed was heading down the coast from Seattle to Eugene and this trip will pick right up where we left off. Arcata has always been on my list of towns to visit and seeing the giant redwoods is on the list as well. Also I contacted the owner of Redwood Roots Farm, Janet Czarnecki, and am excited to see her farm. For the past 18 years she has been operating her farm on a very similar business model that Ambrosia Farm shares. This visit to Redwood Roots Farm  will hopefully fill me with new inspiration and ideas for how to run Ambrosia Farm next season.

As always, eat well and be well friends. Look for another check in soon.

-Brandon

Cabbage plants mowed under after harvest and tarped. This will be the first planting next year.

Cabbage plants mowed under after harvest and tarped. This will be the first planting next year.