Month two of the Rainshadow Organics CSA is tomorrow. We are excited to see you all!
Did you know that our winter greens in the hoop houses can withstand freezing and thawing? Things like kale and green onions can take a certain amount of freeze and thaw and remain delicious, beautiful, and strong. If you harvest them while they are frozen, however, they become bruised as their cellular structure is crushed. This leaves them looking terrible and reduces their longevity considerably.
As the caretakers of winter crops, we sometimes have to make the difficult decision to not harvest greens. This is a difficult decision to make especially when we know that you all love greens and are counting on them for us. We are faced with this decision today. As I sit and type this the sun is starting break up the fog here at Rainshadow Organics and the temperature is finally beginning to creep up. If the hoop houses warm up enough, then we will be able to harvest kale and green onions for your monthly CSA. If the temperature doesn’t increase enough, then, unfortunately, we won’t be able to harvest greens for tomorrow. We have this afternoon and tomorrow before 1:30 pm, so we remain hopeful.
Whatever happens this is a great reminder of the fickleness of winter farming. We harvested all those root crops in storage. We planted all of our starts and successions. We have nurtured our little baby plants, but on harvest day, sometimes the time isn’t right and we have to leave vegetables that were perfect the day before. By leaving them, we are able to keep the plant growing and strong and have more to harvest next month. We always play the long game here and this instance is no different.
This is the first month in 8 years we have faced this decision and we very much appreciate you all and your understanding and support.