Monday, March 28, 2016

2015 CSA Share Photo Review and Looking Ahead to 2016

Seeds are sprouting now for this year's garden, the grass is green again, and baby animals are starting to make their appearance into the world, it's Spring! We'd like to showcase everything we grew last year and talk about what we'll be doing differently in the garden this year. It's time for the CSA photo review! (All Shares pictured are Large Share size)

2015 CSA Photo Review:



Share 1: 2 bags lettuce mix, 2 bags spinach, 2 bags mixed greens, 8 stalks rhubarb, 2 bunches radishes, 2 bunches of herbs (catnip, tarragon, garlic chives)



Share 2: 2 bunches radish, 2 bunches turnips, 2 bunches swiss chard, 4 heads of lettuce, 
2 bags of spinach, 2 bags of mixed greens, and 2 herbs bundles of catnip, oregano, and thyme.  



Share 3: 2 bags of lettuce mix, 2 bags of spinach, 2 bunches kale, 2 bunches swiss chard, 2 lettuce heads, 8 stalks rhubarb, 2 bunches radishes, tarragon, italian oregano and greek oregano. 



Share 4: 2 bunches Swiss chard, 2 bunches kale, 2 bunches mustard leaves, 2 lettuce heads, 
2 bags of lettuce mix, 2 bags of spinach, 2 bunches radishes, 2 bunches herbs.  


Share 5: 2 summer squash, 2 cucumbers, 2 bags of Mizzuna/spinach mix, 2 bags of lettuce mix, 2 heads of lettuce, 2 bunches kale, 2 bunches swiss chard, 2 bunches radishes, 2 bunches herbs.



Share 6: Two bunches Mustard, 2 bags snap peas, 2 bunches radishes, 4 summer squash, 2 bags lettuce mix, 2 slicing cucumbers, 2 lemon cucumbers, 2 bunches green onions, 2 bunches herbs


Share 7: 2 slicing cucumbers, 2 lemon cucumbers, 4 summer squash, 2 lbs snap peas, 1 lb lettuce mix, 2 bunches radishes, 2 bunches green onions, 4 white onions, 2 bunches herbs, 1 bunch swiss chard (large shares only) 


Share 8: 2 bags of lettuce mix, 2 spinach heads, 2 lbs green beans, 4 onions, 4 slicing cucumbers, 2 lemon cucumbers, 2 bags snap peas, 2 kohlrabi, 2 jalapeƱos, 2 bunches green onions, 2 bunches herbs 


Share 9: 2 bunches herbs, 2 bunches green onions, 2 bunches kale, 2 bags of cut lettuce, 2 lemon cucumbers, 2 slicing cucumbers, 4 summer squash, 2 kohlrabi, 1 lb tomatillos, 2 lbs green beans


Share 10: 2 Kohlrabi, 6 onions, 2 bunches herbs, 2 bunches green onions, 2 cabbage heads, 4 cucumbers, 5 summer squash, 6 lemon cucumbers, 2 lbs green beans, 2 bags of snacking tomatoes, 2 slicing tomatoes, 2 peppers 


Share 11: 2 Slicer tomatoes, 2 Roma, 2 bags of snacking tomatoes, 2 lbs tomatillos, 2 lbs green beans, 1 eggplant, 2 bell peppers, 4 green tomatoes, 2 slicing cucumbers, 4 lemon cucumbers, 2 bunches herbs, 2 kohlrabi, 4 summer squash, 6 onions. 


Share 12: 2 Kohlrabi, 2 herb bunches, 2 bunches kale,2 lbs tomatillos, 6 onions, 1 lb ground cherries, 2 cucumbers, 4 lemon cucumbers, 2 slicing tomatoes, 2 roma tomatoes, 2 lbs snacking tomatoes, 2 summer squash, 2 anaheim peppers, 2 bell peppers. 



Share 13: 8 ears sweet corn, 2 lemon cucumbers, 2 slicing cucumbers,
 2 summer squash, 10 okra, 4 bell peppers, 4 onions, 4 slicing tomatoes, 2 roma

tomatoes, 2 lbs snacking tomatoes, 4 kohlrabi, 2 bunches herbs 


Share 14: 8 red tomatoes, 2 slicer tomatoes, 2 bags snacking tomatoes, 2 bunches herbs, 2 slicing and 2 lemon cucumbers, 2 summer squash, 2 lbs green beans, 2 anaheim peppers, 2 hungarian wax peppers, 2 charentais melons, 8 ears of corn.  



 Share 15: 4 melons, 4 cucumbers, 4 lemon cucumbers, 2 summer squash, 2 eggplant, 2 lbs tomatillos, 2 hungarian peppers, 2 bell peppers, 2 bunches herbs, 2 lbs ground cherries, 2 lbs green beans, 3 lbs snacking tomatoes, 2 slicers and 2 roma tomatoes. 



Share 16: 2 melons, 2 watermelons, 2 acorn squash, 2 lbs green beans, 6 bell peppers, 2 japans, 2 hungarian wax, 2 anaheim, 2 slicing cucumbers, 2 lemon cucumbers, 2 lbs tomatillos, 2 roma tomatoes, 2 slicing tomaties, 2 lbs snacking tomatoes, 6 green tomatoes, 2 bunches herbs. Large shares only: eggplant and okra


Share 17: 2 bunches beets, 2 bunches carrots, 2 slicing cucumbers, 2 lemon cucumbers, 4 bell peppers, 4 snacking peppers, 2 anaheim peppers, 2 hungarian wax peppers, 2 jalapeno peppers, 2 lbs tomatillos, 16 apples, 4 green tomatoes, 2 red tomatoes, 2 lbs green beans, 2 bunches kale, 2 kohlrabi, 2 bunches herbs 


Share 18: 2 jac-0-lantern pumpkins, 2 pumpkin pie pumpkins, 2 decorative squash, 2 eggplant, 2 lemon cucumbers, 2 bunches radish, 6 anaheim peppers, 2 hungarian peppers, 2 jalapeno peppers, 4 bell peppers, 6 pears, 16 apples, 2 acorn squash, 2 lbs green beans, 1 lb mixed greens, 2 bunches herbs. 


Share 19: 8 anaheim peppers, 8 sweet peppers, 4 bell peppers, 2 jalapeƱo peppers, 2 lemon cucumbers, 16 apples, 2 lbs tomatillos, 2 lbs brussels sprouts, 2 lbs ground cherries, 2 bunches parsnips, 2 heads of celery, 2 bunches of herbs

Looking Ahead to the 2016 CSA:


Looking ahead to this year's CSA, we are adding a few crops we will get to enjoy this year and a few perennial crops we will get to enjoy eventually. We are trying to go towards more permanent, permaculture-style beds in our garden to preserve existing soil fertility and structure and increase organic matter. 

Annuals we will be adding: We had a great year for greens last year and we hope to continue that again this year! We will again be doing our favorite greens mix, All Star from Johnny Seeds, as well as our own mix of tatsoi, mizzuna, arugula, and mustard.  We will have these both in the greenhouse and outside for a longer, extended harvest. We are going to be trying our snap peas both in the greenhouse and outside of the greenhouse this year to get better and earlier yields!  Also in the greenhouse we will be growing cucumbers, luffa, and tomatoes. For tomatoes we will be seeing many of the old favorite faces, along with a new yellow cherry tomato variety and small salad tomato variety. 

Last year we did not have enough green onions, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, or cauliflower so we will be trying to push for better production of those. We will also be seeing a return of our favorites from 2014, the delicata winter squash and the beautiful Musque de Provance (or Cinderella) pumpkin! We will also be seeing lots of our favorite watermelon Moon and Stars and a new melon called Delice de la Table. Last year we didn't get a good harvest on our Sunberrys, a variety similar to the Garden Huckleberries of 2014, but edible raw. We hope to have a better harvest of those this year so everyone can try a Sunberry pie or muffins. 

We will also be trying artichokes this year! With our shorter summer we hope to get some small to medium sized artichoke heads. The only thing we decided to omit this year was the large leafed mustard leaves, which most people didn't seem to care for. 

Perennials we will be adding this year: Aronia, french sorrel, muscadine grape, elderberry, and two more hops plants!  We will also be starting saskatoon and asparagus seeds!

Herbs we will be adding this year: We will be adding a few lavender plants this year, and trying the natural sweetener Stevia again. We will also be adding some more medicinal type herbs this year: Valerian, Feverfew, mugwort, and St. John's Wort. 

If you are interested in a plant start of any of the plants mentioned please email or call ASAP and we can reserve some for you! 

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