Plants grow slower in the winter. There are fewer hours of daylight, the sun is less direct and the air and soil are cool. This allows some plants to go dormant which can be an important stage in their development. Our asparagus for example is sleeping sweetly and will awaken with the longer days bringing the first real taste of spring. This doesn't mean there isn't work to do. This is the time of year that farmers get to plan, fix and maintain. We're even starting tomato seeds already.
For those of you wondering what is in season right now I'll tell you what we have been harvesting the last few weeks:
arugula, lettuce, salad mix, endive mix, kale mix, braising mix,
swiss chard, collards, pac choi, parsley, green onions, green garlic,
broccoli, romanesco cauliflower, escarole, sugarloaf endive,
radicchio, purple top turnips, scarlet queen turnips, rutabaga,
radishes, fennel, beets, hakurei turnips, parsley, and cilantro
So, here is where the hoop houses pay off. We have strawberries in January and they are delicious!
|The very last peppers, harvested a few weeks ago|
Production and Distribution
Both farms are busy with restaurant orders. Crystal Organic is still going to its year round market at Morningside in Virginia Highlands.
At Burge our owner decided to build a produce stand a few weeks later here it is. How awesome to be able to make a decision one day and put it into action the next. I know Sandy has worked hard to be able to do these things and I'm glad he does them.
|Opening Day, that's Ricky, he built it|
|Price Card Craft Project|
|laying out and burying the heating cables|
|Half of the cables burried|