So THAT'S THAT, we will be in New Jersey for 2016! And that being settled, we have a lot of planning to do. Some orders are in, others are yet to be completed. We have already bought our ginger seed pieces for the coming year! I am daydreaming of epic cabbage harvests, delicious juicy melon (remember those?), and shifting and settling planting numbers for the coming year. But even while we plan for the coming year, we STILL HAVE PRODUCE FROM THE FARM!!!
Mostly root basics, but enough to make most of my favorite foods! Jim and I have been roasting veggies in wine reductions, chopping and sauteing, making soups (again chopping and tossing!), or just plain scrubbing and eating. They are enough to make a meal (or to make a meal better!). The cold this past week really did a number on many of the greens that we were lucky enough to still have. Until last week, our fields were decorated with lively tufts of volunteer (self-seeded from previous crops) greens: mustard, arugula, tatsoi, bok choi. The field was still green and filled with plants determined to grow despite the short day lengths. When I went to walk the field after two nights with temps in the single digits, those tufts were deflated. Purple mustard rosettes that had once stood a foot in the air collapsed, splayed into circles like irises on the ground. The color was drained from our lettuces, the cabbage (what young cabbage that was left) was frozen through. What still may survive? Kale, which we had covered as best we could. Spinach, which is a determined winter grower. Perhaps some tatsoi and arugula but we have to wait and see.
In other good news, our garlic remains dapper despite the chilly weather.
We look forward to seeing you in Flemington tomorrow and hope you are staying warm!