|View after the April 18th snowfall and new |
crew members below that we hope
won't be staying around too long!
|Head lettuce transplants in greenhouse|
While we enjoyed some gorgeous sunny days and warmer temperatures in March, April has definitely proven itself to be wet and cold. Last week we had 2.75 inches of hard rain accompanied by hail. That was followed by about 8 inches of wet, heavy snow over the weekend. Much of the snow had melted away, but now our valley is once again blanketed in white. We know, all too well, that sometimes Mother Nature trumps us despite our best efforts to overcome weather challenges such as these. There isn’t much we can do aside from being prepared to hit the ground running and put forth our best effort as soon as the snow melts away and we can get into the fields. We’re preparing machinery, getting seeds ready and making sure everyone is ready to go when the conditions are favorable. With a few warm, sunny days, the picture could change and we just might get a window of opportunity.
Our greenhouses are nearly full and the plants look really good right now. The onions and our first plantings of broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, kale and collards are residing in our cold frame greenhouse where they enjoy breezy days and chilly nights with temperatures dipping down into the 40’s. Our goal is to keep them on the cool side to toughen them up and keep them growing at a moderate rate so they develop into strong, sturdy plants. The peppers and celeriac plants were transplanted into larger cell trays last week and they look very good. Earlier this week Leonardo, Lupe, Miguel, Pepe and Leon spent a sunny day in the greenhouse planting herb packs for you! We are planning to deliver them in mid to late May so you can plant them in your own garden space or put them in pots on your patio and enjoy fresh herbs throughout the season. Our pollinator packs are also looking really good!
|Celeriac seedlings in the greenhouse|
We were scheduled to plant zucchini this week, but we’re planning to delay that planting a week or so. Zucchini grows very fast and when it’s ready it needs to go to the field. We are hoping to transplant some head lettuce into our tunnel greenhouse next week, if the weather is a bit more favorable. The goal is that we would have mini romaine head lettuce by late May, a few weeks ahead of lettuce that will be transplanted into the field.
|Perky pepper transplants|
|French Breakfast Radishes|
This week we welcomed a new crew member to our team. Gwen has joined us in the office to help Kelly and Andrea with a wide variety of tasks. We’re very happy to have her on our team and look forward to teaching her the ins and outs of managing the many details of a vegetable farm! On April 30 we anticipate our final eleven crew members will arrive for their first day of work. We’ll be welcoming four new crew members to our team this year and are anxious to meet them.
Our CSA numbers are still down and we still have plenty of shares available. If you haven’t sent in your order yet, please do so soon! We appreciate the referrals we’ve received and ask that you continue to share your CSA experience with your friends, neighbors and co-workers. We’re looking forward to getting this growing season underway and thank you for your continued support of our farm!