Earlier last week we heard the first reports of the impending frost. They called for a brief and mild frost (you know what’s coming). What we got was sustained temperatures in the high 20’s! Even the mild frost that was originally predicted had us on edge! When the forecast was updated on Friday of last week to show significantly colder temperatures, we let out a long Winter-was-inevitable sized sigh and accepted that we were in the midst of the final harvest for most of our crops. As we continued that Friday’s harvest, we slowly calmed down and formed an ambitious winterizing solution.
Following a quick review of the cold tolerances of the various vegetables in our fields, we decided to build some emergency high tunnels over our most critical crops and to cover the remainder in row cover. Our dream of Sunday breakfast in the kitchen was replaced by reality: layered sweatshirts and the melodic clang of a sledgehammer dependably striking its target. Despite a few water breaks along the way, I think we may have set a record for the fastest construction of a high tunnel! As a result of our hard work this past Sunday we are happy to report that the majority of our greens are happy and healthy!
Hope to see you all at the Market!
New this week: Arugula, Celery Root, Spinach- Limited, Head Lettuce
P.S. This will likely be the last week for ginger, so stock up on this tropical treat