It's been a wild spring! Since last month's newsletter, we experienced the coldest and highest snow fall ever recorded in April. It made it challenging to finish building the hoop house, and to wait and wait until the snow melted so field work could start. Winter held on and spring has awakened slowly, despite a stretch of 80-degrees days.
We are happy to have planted so many crops in between two long rainy stretches. Since the beginning of the month we've had over 8 inches of rain! But with less snowfall this winter, the spring rains are restocking the ground water supply, and have been overall welcomed.
We know you are anxious to receive fresh vegetables! We are not certain when our first CSA delivery will be, since crops are slowing growing and being planted. But we'll have a better sense in a few more weeks. Look for our June newsletter for the CSA announcement!
See photos below to see spring on the farm.
Your Farmers ~ Mat and Cate
When does CSA delivery start?
We're not sure yet. With the cold April, we were 3 weeks delayed by the snow. Our early June newsletter will announce our first 2018 CSA delivery! (The newsletter is emailed and posted to our newsletter tab on the website.)
Can I still get a CSA Share?
Yes! Go to our website: www.ridgelandharvest.com Download the order form and pay by check - OR -
Use our online form and pay by credit card.
April brought record amounts of snow and cold to our area. Here we are putting new plastic over the newly built hoop house. We got it covered just in time for another big snow storm that laid down 10 inches of snow!
The garlic is growing nicely through the hay mulch. We planted the seed cloves in mid-October and we'll harvest the bulbs by mid-July. But before then there will be green garlic, garlic scapes and fresh garlic to eat!
Transplanting - here the guys are planting lettuce!
Covering broccoli, kohlrabi and napa cabbage transplants with row cover called Remay. The light weight cover keeps the plants warmer for faster growth. But the main use is to protect the young plants from hungry pests like the flea beetle and cabbage loppers.
Watering peppers. We spend a lot of time watering plants these days....
.....in the greenhouse....
...and in the hoop house. These scallions are waiting to be transplanted!
Justin and Felipe seeding winter squash, melons, cucumbers and zucchini. With more lettuce, broccoli and cabbage seeded last week. The greenhouse continues to be a very busy place!
Servicing and making repairs on tractors is another big spring project. There is always something that needs picking up at the hardware store! Small farms like ours spend a lot of money locally, which is a very important aspect of rural economics.
Mat and Derek use our handy PVC plant carrier to shuttle plants from the greenhouse to the hoop house. The greenhouse is like a nursery where all the baby plants are nurtured along. Then they go to the hoop house where we prepare them for life in the fields - wind blows on them directly, the temperature is kept much lower (45-50 degrees), and we water them less. We don't get any lipping off from them!