The crops we grow in our field house can handle some freezing, but ideally they should be thawed out before they're harvested. With nights in the low teens this past weekend, some of our greens remained frozen all day Monday...
Usually we consider 2 basic things when we harvest: 1.) crop size/ripeness and 2.) bug/disease damage. However, yesterday, our biggest question was "how thawed out is that one?" It was slow going. With the exception of the bok choi, most crops did ok. We have fresh, beautiful greens.
This situation is a great example of the uncertainty we have with the harvest. I do the best I can to give you advanced notice of what will be in your share. However, the crops in your box will Rarely be exactly as anticipated--- especially at the beginning and end of the growing season. Share content discrepancies are not due to an oversight, rather, to some type of crop failure. We are conscious of discrepancies, and make adjustments each week to account for past weeks. WE make sure that over the course of the season, you have gotten your money's worth and more!
The carrots and potatoes are unwashed because they store better that way. Our number one priority in the harvest/packout is to maximize the shelf life of the veggies you receive.
Please bring your empty box to the pickup today. And again, please be careful opening your box today...unfold it, don't tear it.
The next pickup with be towards the end of March, I'll let you know.
I hope you enjoy the veggies. Have a great holiday.
Visit us at the Salem Winter Farmers Market on Thurdsays from 2-6pm
The share will consist of butternut squash, potatoes, onions, salad turnips, lettuce, tatsoi, bok choi, scallions, beet greens, a little garlic, and lots of carrots.
Everything in the share was grown (or is growing) at our farm in Hamilton. It's great to be eating local and fresh in December!
a few pics of our field house in December: