The first share of the season kicks off tomorrow!
One thing we're going to do a little bit differently this year: We're going to provide an early preview of what you can can expect in each share. This was something several of you asked for in last year's member survey.
Don't worry -- you'll still get the usual Tuesday afternoon update telling you exactly what's in your share based on the harvest that day. (Those who pick up on Saturdays will receive the same as the Tuesday share unless otherwise noted.)
Before we get to the share details, though, Carrie has some updates from the farm and the crops:
The rain set back some of the crops we expected to seed in the ground in mid-March, such as turnips and spicy mix. But the ones we started in the greenhouse, such as the lettuce, are doing well.
The garlic looks fantastic. We’ll get garlic scallions for two weeks, then garlic scapes for two more. We planted some very early basil, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed, hoping to give it out with the scapes so everyone can make some spring pesto.
It took over a month to get all the potatoes planted, because of the rain, and none of them have sprouted yet, so we’re a little nervous.
We haven’t got any idea what excitement stink bugs will bring this year. So far, they’re just a nuisance in the house. There seems to be no good organic remedy for stink bugs if they do become a problem for our crops, although a co-worker at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation plans to buy some guinea hens to see if they’ll eat the stink bugs off his farm. Not a bad idea!
The peanut-butter-baited electric fence kept the deer off the strawberries this winter, so those two fields are looking great. There are lots of flowers right now, so we should have berries for about a month, which is terrific.
The rain kept the tractor out of our cabbage/kale/kohlrabi field, so out of desperation we planted them without tilling and then covered them with floating row cover to warm up the soil and keep off the bugs, deer and groundhogs. They look great but weedy. I’m not sure if I’m a fan of no-till spring cabbage, but sometimes we just have to roll with the punches. You’ll get Chinese cabbage soon.
The asparagus is growing like gangbusters! We’ll harvest until mid-June, and then throw in the chickens and ignore the plants until next spring.
Now on to a preview of what you can expect in this week's share!