Oxbow Newsletter #1 (2011)


At long last after a long, dark & wet spring we are ready to start harvesting and packing over 300 boxes for you, our beloved CSA shareholders. This is always an exciting and stressful week as we pack out the first boxes – Will we have enough of each crop for every box? How well will the new intern crew handle the chaos of harvesting, processing & packing all that produce? Will Megan send the newsletter out on time? Well, I can answer yes to 2 out of the 3 questions… not too bad! You have already heard about our struggles with the weather this season, so I would like to spend few minutes telling you about the good things going on on the farm this spring. (Warning: a favorite pastime of farmers is complaining about the weather and as their spokesperson I am as almost bad).

So, here’s the good news — Our tireless farm crew (Yolanda, Tino, Valentin and Flaviano) along with this years’ awesome interns (Alice, Becky, Sonja & Jessica) have done AMAZING job planting out the fields. Thanks to their herculean efforts (in the rain) we have 4 successions planted of main crops (more on successions later): lettuces, greens, broccoli and cauliflower. You will be eating from the first succession for the first 2-3 weeks of your CSA. Three acres of carrots are planted, since carrot seed are direct sown (planted directly in the field) they don’t like to be planted in soggy soil, so we only have 3 successions planted. The first succession was planted in mid-March, farmer Adam just pulled one out of the ground and it was a little bigger than my finger. So you should see baby carrots in your box in a week or two! About a month behind schedule but once they’re ready you’ll be eating from that 1st succession for 4-6 weeks! Sugar snap peas like cool soil and were planted in February during that brief dry spell (remember that one?), are getting sweeter and fatter on their vines and will be ready soon. Our green beans have lovely vines with flowers just starting to bud – a little more sun to open up the flowers and some bees to pollinate and we’ll have green beans in your box this summer. Other warm weather crops such as summer squash, cucumbers, peppers and winter squash are currently being transplanted and our tomatoes are growing big in their greenhouses. One crop that likes cool weather is spinach. Typically, we only have spinach for our early spring markets and again in late fall. But this year you might see some in your box at the beginning of the season!

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