• All of the above and more
Click on the links above for information and recipes about these crops.
COMING SOON: Brussels Sprouts, Parsnips, Leeks
We were worried. The last two years we’ve lost it all to the Arctic Blast, or the Polar Vortex. So when freezing temperatures were forecast, we hunkered down and waited for the worst.
We protected the chicories, cauliflowers and baby bok choy with steel hoops and frost-blanket (a thicker type of row cover). We picked everything that we feared wouldn’t survive—celery, fennel, and white cauliflower.
And after a week, everything thawed and we surveyed the damage. Glad we picked what we did because it wouldn’t have made it. It got down below 20 several nights, and that is just too cold. We lost the last week of arugula, some mustard greens, and a few other things that wouldn’t have lasted long anyway. But everything that we protected survived just fine.
And the real benefit? The kale, collards, brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips—they are ALL frost-sweetened and dee-licious!
Here’s some news: We’re selling prepaid Gift Cards for the holidays! Anyone can buy them, in any amount. They’re a perfect gift for friends or family who can shop at any of our markets (Columbia City, University District, or West Seattle) or who might like to try one of our new Sampler CSA shares next summer. They can also be redeemed toward a CSA share. Buying them helps us out in the chilly winter as well, by paying us forward, just like a CSA payment.
More news: We received a grant from NRCS to build another greenhouse! King County had a matching program, which we also received, so we’re building two more big greenhouses. We’re really excited about all the possibilities for next year. We’re building now and will be planting in February. Let the games begin!
And, you may remember the incredible Rat Battle of last winter? We’ve got Mario on Rat Patrol every night now. I want to be able to plant peas in February and have them survive and thrive. That means Sugar Snaps in May, everyone. Who doesn’t want that?! No more rats!