Baby beets (Left) baby onions (Right)
I spent today walking around the farm looking at all of our baby vegetables. One of the things that we focus on in June is our storage crops for our winter CSA and restaurant needs. As I walked through our 25 acre field and poked my head into the hoop houses, I saw starts that won’t come to fruition until September and October. These are two to four inch plants that won’t be harvested until fall and might not be eaten until December, January, maybe even May.
This includes potatoes, onions, leeks, shallots, daikon radish, and different varieties of beets. We start harvesting some of these little ones in August and September for our summer CSA, but the majority of these crops are grown for winter eating. In fact, we have plants in the ground right now that will only be available for our Winter CSA members. They won’t even be harvested and ready for eating until after the Summer CSA is finished. This includes sweet potatoes and garlic.