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Plant Now-Enjoy Later (Much Later)

Posted 10/26/2016 5:25am by David Zemelsky.


You are about to hear about delayed gratification from a farmer's point of view. Specifically, we're talking about garlic.  It needs to be planted in the late Fall, but you won't be able to get anything out of it until early next Summer.  Sure, there are things that I could plant that would take even longer to enjoy-fruit trees, asparagus, ginseng to name but a few.  But garlic holds a special place in the delayed gratification department because of the time of year that one plants it-Fall.  I don't think that I am alone in saying that there's a certain relief in having to not attend to tomatoes, melons,peppers and eggplants.  They, like a demanding baby, can take up all your time and energy until the only waking thing that I've thought about is how they're doing.  I love it, for sure, but it can get to be too much some time.  So having to plant garlic becomes one of those last big items to do before Winter settles in.  Having said that in writing, I realize there are plenty of other things that are "season sensitive", things that must get done now or forget it.  So rather than think of it as the sole thing that needs to be done at this time of the year-lets think of it as one of a few important things.

Garlic gets planted in a nice bed of compost with an addition of organic compost.  Heads of garlic are separated into individual cloves before hand.  Giving them a short bath in a mild bleach solution can sometimes  eliminate a few disease problems.  Its important to not separate the cloves too much in advance, as they can dry out.  Each clove is settled into the dirt with the pointed side up. The top of the clove is just below the surface. Broad side down.  Do not make this mistake, as the results would be fatal (for the garlic).  Space each clove 6" apart with rows at least 18" apart.  Mulch with grass clippings, straw or leaves .  The mulch will provide a great moisture retention system for the cloves and a great pay off for the grower. Mulch also provides good weed suppression.  Your garlic plants will thank you this attention You should expect to see a small amount of growth before Winter sets in.  In the early Spring make sure that the mulch isn't smothering the plants.  Add blood meal in mid Spring, but not after late Spring, as this could affect its store ability.  Its not too late to plant.  I have some bulbs still but you can also get some from High Mowing Seed or Filigree Farm(filligreefarm.com).

Something a little different this week.  I am going to change the deadline for ordering to 8AM on Friday.  Logistically, late orders ended up a difficulty from a production point of view.  I hope you understand.  Our list remains unchanged from last week.  Next week, however, I am pretty sure that we'll have Red Kitten Spinach on the list.  This is a beautiful, smooth leaf spinach with a great taste.  Let's hope that I'm correct about this.  Below is the same list as last time.  The salad greens and kale are just remarkable at this time of year.

Northfordy Tomato Sauce- a blend of three local farm's tomatoes.  $10?jar

Sun Dried Tomatoes-$4/oz

Tomatoes- think seasonal here.  Green tomatoes for frying, pickling and making picadilli. $2/lb.

Peppers-  all green and crisp.  $3/lb

Pea Tendrils- this is their time of year!  Fresh, crunchy and amazing as a garnish, a substitute for basil in pesto that is of superior taste, add to salads, soups or just make a pea tendril sandwich with swiss cheese $6/bag

Salad Greens- with a great variety of lettuces, mizuna, baby kale $6/bag

Arugula-needs no introduction $6/bag

Baby Kale- it stands alone as a salad or garnish $6/bag

Big Kale-both flat leave Lacinato and several curly varieties.  Fall is kale's moment $4/bunch

Mature Mizuna- it will happily make a great vegetable side dish. Sweet, but refreshing $4/bunch

Large Ruby Streaks-a tender, but spicy mustard.  Light wispy leaves $6/bag

French Fingerling Potatoes- $5/lb

Yaya and Cosmic Purple Carrots- Fall is the time when carrots are at their sweetest.  Yaya is orange and cosmic purple is purple (what a good guess!) $6/lb

Ginger- this is a ginger that you won't find from your vegetable supplier.  Pungent and pretty much dizzying in aroma. $8 1/2lb. Your bar drinks won't be the same either.

Turmeric- a rare offering.  We grew lots of it.  For sauce or again in drinks.  Grated with barley or any other bean you can think of.  If you make roasted potatoes, grate some of it after you've oiled and salted it.$10 1/2lb

Pak Choi- for stir fries, or another great side dish $5/bunch  These are young, smaller, tender plants

Italian and Rainbow Chard-still the go to green for great side dish or add to soups $4/bunch

Fresh sage and Thyme $4/bunch

Haukeri Turnips- crunchy and a unique wonderful taste.  You can eat this turnips raw,too-in fact they're better raw! $4/bunch

Deadline for accepting orders is 8AM Friday via email.  Your order will be available with your name on it after 2pm on Friday.