This Week’s Harvest
- Napa Cabbage
- Bok Choi
- Red Radishes
- Salad Mix
- Roma Tomatoes
- Golden Beets
- Red Onions
- Gold Rush
For the next few weeks, when we aren’t harvesting and washing for CSA and market, we will be harvesting our sweet potatoes. After a disappointing crop last year, we really babied them this year. Last year we had too many beds to manage so we only hand weeded a third of the planting. It also got so dry in September and we weren’t able to water them all. When it came time to dig them, we couldn’t get the tractor implement deep enough and ended up cutting half of the tubers. So we didn’t want a repeat of last year and so far our efforts are paying off! We have only dug 2 and 1/2 beds which have yielded about 5,000 lbs. Last year 2 and 1/2 beds would have gotten us 2,000 lbs.
Wow! How’d we swing that you may be wondering? We decided to plant less- only 10 beds vs 20 something last year- so we could manage them better. We set up a permanent irrigation system so we could easily water whenever we wanted, and we had time to hand weed all but the very last 1/3 of a bed, so the weed pressure was not an issue. Also they are in a very nice field as far as our soils go.
The yields are great, but it means it takes a awhile to make it through a bed. We are hoping we don’t get hit with too much rain the next few weeks so that we can get our remaining beds out before frost. It will be a week or so before you see any sweet potatoes in the CSA box. They have to cure in our barn to set their skins and sweeten up! It is worth the wait!
Pico de Gallo with Cabbage (use the napa cabbage)
Warm Beet and Farro Salad (I would add a roasted kohlrabi or 2 along with the beets!)
Coming Up Next Week (our best guess….) tomatoes, cilantro, red onions, broccoli, cauliflower, haukeri salad turnips, radishes, napa cabbage, potatoes and more!