I want to remind everyone that because we are a small CSA, we can offer a much more personal service to our members than most CSA's can. You all are our customers, but we are your "farmer". Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Since we've been picking up seeds here and there to add to the seeds I collected and saved from the garden last year, I figured I better go through all of the seeds and make sure we had everything we needed. We're going to have a great selection of fresh food this summer! We have 40 different vegetables, with over 83 varieties. Thanks to some dear friends who have sent some Heirloom seeds, we also have 39 different tomatoes, 12 different peppers and 7 different beans. We'll probably only grow about 20 different tomatoes this year. I thought a potluck cookout with tomato tasting would be a good mid-summer get together.
Now for the update...I'll be posting at least once a week, as I start or plant seeds through the spring, listing the individual varieties. This is just the beginning. We have 72 tomato plants started. These include Cherry Tomatoes, Yellow Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter, Akers West Virginia, Arkansas Traveler, Early Girl, Boxcar Willie and Big Beef. I'm pretty sure we'll have Cherry Tomatoes when we start delivering mid-May. Artichokes just sprouted (remember we haven't grown these before, so this is really exciting to me), Green Goliath Broccoli, Catskill Brussels Sprouts, Early Golden Ace Cabbage, Snowball Cauliflower, Golden Self-blanching Celery, Garlic (variety unknown, but these are from my garden last year), Early White Vienna Kolrabi, American Flag Leeks, California Wonder Bell Peppers (red, yellow and green), Jalapeno. Kennebec Potatoes (large white), Red Pontiac Potatoes (small red), Yukon Gold Potatoes (medium yellow) and Bright Lights Swiss Chard (do you want to know it's related to spinach?). Most of these won't be ready till June or later, but they need to be started early.
The biggest complaint of a CSA is that the first few weeks are little more than lettuce and greens. We don't want our members to ever feel like that. By juggling starting dates, using the greenhouse, plus frost protection in the gardens, we feel we can have a really nice selection even in the first few weeks of the season. No guarantees, but we're shooting to have a good lettuce mix, green onions, radishes, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, carrots, swiss chard, sugar snap peas (edible pods), asparagus and strawberries in the early weeks. And of course the greens, like spinach, kale, etc. If it looks like there might be an abundance of produce for any week's share, I'll let you know what can easily be frozen to use at a later date. Also, don't be concerned about getting a lot of vegetables that you don't like or don't want to sample. We won't add but maybe one uncommon item each week.
Until next time....
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