Saturday, October 16, 2010

2010 Fall Share, Week Three

October 16, 2010 newsletter

This week's harvest:

Butternut Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Peppers - Yellow & Red
"Ruby Streaks" Mustard
Cut Lettuce
Salad Turnips

This week's farm news:

OK - big exciting news - the high tunnel is planted! Yeah! Finally, after nearly three years of slowly chipping away at the construction of the thing we have actual plants growing in the actual ground under the protection of the greenhouse plastic. Now for the first time ever we should be able to eat (& offer to you!) greens throughout the winter! Earlier in the week when we installed the irrigation system into the tunnel we realized that the project was really happening. Then the crew got right on to setting the transplants. We transplanted several different varieties of lettuce and kale, Swiss chard & spinach. We direct seeded salad turnips, radishes, & carrots. The structure is 30' wide by 96' long so there's not a tremendous amount of space but what a huge leap forward nonetheless. I can't tell you how happy we are to finally have it rolling! Our long-time goal of having fresh greens to compliment our offerings of storage crops throughout the winter is coming to fruition! What a good feeling!

The weather this week was dry, only a trace of rain, but absolutely gorgeous. The trees have really been dropping their jewel-colored leaves all over the lovely.

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