Monday, February 4, 2013

Well, I know some of you were disappointed by the minimal amount of greens we had available last week. We have already cut the beds of greens in our hoophouse once this fall and winter and they just have not grown back yet. We have another bed that has not grown enough to harvest yet and hopefully the other beds will start regrowing soon as the sun is returning. Otherwise we hope you can be patient and appreciate that we are still learning to grow for winter and we have limited hoophouse space. Our perennial decision is when to clear the summer crops out of the 2 hoophouses. To have greens that are mature enough to harvest in the winter, they need to be sown in September or early October. At that time we still have tomatoes, eggplant and peppers thriving in the hoophouses. So it is hard to choose to rip them out when they can keep bearing for another month. And it is also physically difficult to remove these plants before they are killed by frost as the tomato plants are about 15 feet tall. So this year we cleared out one of the hoophouses for winter production to plant greens for the winter. The spicy and lettuce mixes we planted did great and we have been harvesting them all fall and winter. The bed of spinach was mostly a failure though (not sure why).

For Corning members:
Either Liz or I will be at the Local Foods Fest Friday evening.
Locally-Grown Food Festival in Corning
buy_fresh_buy_localFebruary 8. Free! Cornell Cooperative Extension will present their 4th Locally-Grown Food Festival on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. at Union Hall, 100 Civic Center Plaza, Corning. The event features tasting of meats, vegetables, cheese, fruits, breads, preserves, wines and more! Come sample dishes created with local products, meet dozens of local farmers, and purchase locally grown products on site. Growers interested in participating should call 607-664-2300 for more information! Visit the website for the latest details.
If you would like to pick up your share at the Local Food Fest please email us a list of what you would like and we will bag it and bring it with us.

salad greens - We will try to harvest enough for CSA, but I'm not sure what you'll get. It could be        lettuce mix, spicy mix or spinach.
onions (red)
winter squash - carnival, tetsukaubuto (big, gnarly and green)
celery root i.e. celeriac
salad turnips (red)
watermelon radishes

potatoes are gone! We will hope for more rain next summer!

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