Planting for Winter and Harvesting Kohlrabi
Winter planting continued this week despite it not feeling very wintry at all! We planted a winter succession of our trusty brassicas like broccoli and kale but we also planted fennel, onions, radicchio, and frisée. Since our winter has been incredibly mild, we’ve had to adjust our planting strategy as these warmer temperatures can often lead to increased pest pressure on our crops. This means implementing row covers for crops like tatsoi and increasing the frequency of successions as needed to combat pest damage.
We’re harvesting a few new crops for you this week: Coastal Star romaine lettuce, Marciano red butterhead lettuce, and green and purple kohlrabi varieties. As you can see in the photo, Marciano has striking burgundy leaves that are just as delicious and tender as they are beautiful. Our kohlrabi is a great option to add some crunch alongside all of our leafy greens that are in season. Farm Educator Nathan loves to keep it simple and cut kohlrabi into wedges to dip into peanut butter for a snack. Farm Educator Nick likes using kohlrabi in a slaw or lightly sautéeing it and adding it to salads.
Our last farmers market of the year is this Saturday from 8am-noon! Since the first Saturday in January falls on New Year’s Day, our next farmers market will not be until Saturday, January 15th, 2022. This Saturday we’ll have a delicious and beautiful selection of veggies for all of your holiday meals (list below). Our vendors will have plenty of items perfect for gifting from locally roasted coffee beans to bath bombs to jams and preserves. We’d love to see you so we can celebrate all things local!
Currently in Season: Sugar Snap Peas, Beets, Radishes, Turnips, Kohlrabi, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Roselle, Kale, Cabbages, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Chicory, Fiolaro, Swiss Chard, Head Lettuces, and Salad Mix