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Spring is here-you just can't see it yet!

Posted 2/27/2015 3:49pm by David Zemelsky.

Sure, its been cold beyond your wildest expectations.  And for many of you, you're probably wishing that you could get on a plane for warmer climes and be done with it all.  On the other hand, you'd be missing a great day like today.  Cold, but not too cold. Sunny , but not too sunny. (wait, that's not possible!) And no wind.  That parts very critical.  I love snow but hate a cold wind.  You, too?  The best thing about today is that we went around the corner and planted out our first bunch of spring plants-namely spinach. 

We started flats of spinach a few weeks ago , under lights in the basement.  They did great and began to look like a great crop.  Then came the issue of hardening them off.  This is a process in which we patiently explain to the spinach that it isn't going to be so cozy and warm all the time from here on in.  You're going outside where the temperature can be in the single digits.  In order to get them use to this concept, we brought them outside to the heated nursery, where they enjoyed real ultraviolet rays during the day and lower temperatures at night.  After 4 nights, I felt that they were ready to meet the reality of real dirt.  The picture below is what a few of them looked like after we transplanted them into the ground.  After covering their roots up with dirt, we put metal hoops over the rows and draped rowcover over that.  Rowcover is a simple lightweight blanket that buffers the plants from extreme cold.  Let's hope they take off like a big bird and provide  us with lots of spinach in the near future.  Here's the picture

We're ordering unusual seeds from everywhere this week in our endeavor to provide our great and unusual food for the CSA , our restaurants, and Farmer's Markets.  Of most interest are some very promising Asian vegetables that we'll grow from a seed company in California that specializes in Japanese and Chinese Food.  To name but a few: Yu choy sum, Dwarf Pak Choi and Shoya Long Eggplants.  We are always on the look out for the next big thing in food trends.  I should mention our ginger/tumeric program, too.  We've found a huge fan base for our ginger and therefore decided to branch out into tumeric.  Last year, we planted 10 plants.  The excitement that the tumeric  generated was extremely gratifying.  As many of you know, tumeric can be used to help with aching limbs and joints.

We are hoping that you might consider joining our CSA , so that you could enjoy many of the crops that we're offering.  As a member of the CSA, you will be able to enjoy great food every week at a reasonable price.  The health benefits of organically/ locally grown are enormous and very satisfying.  If you have further questions about what it would be like to join this exciting enterprise, please write back.  You'll get a very prompt response.