12/4/18 Extended Season Week 2

This Week’s HarvestIMG_4510

Purple top turnips

Purple and white potatoes

Red cabbage

Green cabbage

Carrots

Spinach

Purple daikon radish

Garlic

Sweet potatoes

Butternut squash

Beets

Apple Share

Gold Rush and Fuji

Farm News

Winter is the season of data entry, financial and crop planning, maintenance and deep cleaning, and my favorite, learning!

Last week Ben and a fellow farmer took a trip to the upper midwest to visit a couple organic farms. The purpose of the trip was to see other operations and gather information on growing, marketing, and the general state of organics in that area. They visited PrairiErth Farm in central Illinois and Driftless Organics in Wisconsin. There is a thriving community of organic farms in that region and it was generous of these 2 farms to open their doors. Talking with fellow farmers is a great way to learn and Ben came back from his trip with several takeaways.

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In PrairiErth’s packing house checking out a root washer
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Driftless Organics fleet of cultivating tractors

We also glean knowledge by attending conferences. Right after our CSA delivery this week, Ben heads to Michigan for the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market two day Expo. Meanwhile, I just got back from a great Scaling Up Intensive with pioneer organic farmer, Linda Halley. She brought to the workshop 29 years experience, most of which came on 2 of the most influential midwestern organic farms, so the cost of the conference more than paid for itself even though family obligations had me miss a day.

It’s good to pack these learning opportunities in this time of year when we have the time but while the growing season is still fresh in our minds. We are physically and mentally tired from the year— our bodies a bit achy and the disappointments of the season still raw— but being in the company of other farmers gives us the inspiration and desire to do it all over again next year! Conferences and meetings are the perfect boost to end the growing season on and the perfect starting block to begin the winter planning season!

Recipes

Radish and cabbage stir fry

Root vegetable gratin

Spinach and butternut squash lasagna

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