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The System Still Works

Posted 2/7/2014 9:20am by David Zemelsky.

 

We wanted to keep you up to date on how things are going on the farm.    There's been a lot of activity both outside and inside these days.  Our basement is outfitted with a vast array of grow lights.  We started swiss chard about 4 weeks ago.  They are now ready to get hardened off and planted in one of our hoop houses.  Picture below shows you what we're talking about.

Additionally,  our two new hoop houses are moving along towards completion.  Our greenhouse supplier, Growell of Cheshire, has been braving the cold when they can and putting up these houses.  At this stage, we are waiting for a warm day to put the plastic on the tops and ends.  This is important because if you installed the plastic on a cold day, you'd end up with a saggy loose job when it finally gets warm (and it will get warm again-promise!).  Here is what it lookslike now.  As many of you know, we lost all of our houses in the big snows of last year.  Now, we've come back with a new improved design.  Each hoop has a collar tie on it and another one on the corner of each hoop.  Previous designs did not include this extra tie on the side and also the collar ties on the previous houses were only on every other hoop.

                          

Now that the days have lengthen beyond 10 hours, we have seen our greens in the existing hoop houses start coming to life.  Because they have inherent ability to withstand frigid temperatures-their health is just fine.  This would include kale, arugula, spinach and claytonia.  In the upcoming weeks, we'll be offering salad greens for sale on a weekly basis.  It is an exciting time of year.  Even though Winter is giving it to us right now, we're making serious plans for Spring and far beyond.  Here are some pictures of greens in our hoop houses from a few days ago.

That is a glimpse of what's going on now.  Hope you are all doing well and staying warm.  Please send in your deposit now.  Also, please feel free to spread the word about our CSA.  There are still some available spaces.