Mid-January, 5pm and still light out. This is the view to the west, with the big barn just out of frame to the left, looking past the loafing barn yard to the second, 11-acre pasture—the 9-acre field where the market garden lives is directly to the right—and then the trees. At … [Read more...] about Winter light
The Friday harvest is shrinking. This is the second to last of the year, and the last for CSA members, and we're down to mainly root veggies. Some of the last cabbage planting has firmed up, and we're picking them as "baby," about 1-2 lbs (450-900g) each (multiplanted, the yield … [Read more...] about The incredible shrinking harvest!
In the fall, post-harvest work doesn't necessarily end when the sun goes down (it's dark by about 7:30pm right now). Actually, this year the fall Friday harvest has gone great, with Lynn, Libby and usually Michelle knocking things off in the field by around 5pm, with only … [Read more...] about Night work
Overnight, the first real killing frost finally hit. A couple of nights it had gotten close, touching some plants in the field, but this was the real deal. At 8am, the lower end of the garden was still in the shadow of the drive shed, and the frost still hadn't burned off. Basil … [Read more...] about Finally, frost!
The days have warmed up now, mostly around 60-70°F (15-20°C), but the nights are unusually cold, dropping sometimes to freezing or a few degrees above. Frost burning off in the early morning sun is pretty when you don't have anything in the field for it to kill, which I don't... … [Read more...] about Frost is pretty when…