January, a tale of two winters
Wow, January started out so pleasant, really too pleasant, as we saw you all early in the month for your CSA pick up. There was no snow on the ground. We were all starting to get a little worried about our ski seasons, the lack of snowpack, and the upcoming water year. And then, kablamo, winter arrived. It snowed. It froze. It froze even harder. There was wind. There was rain. The sun came out. The sun disappeared again. The rain came back.
I don’t know about you, but here on the farm, we just rolled with it. Find the snow shovels. Find the ice melt. Find your yak tracks. Find all your warm layers. Then find your rain coat and your sunglasses. That was the last month, reacting to what the weather sent our way.
We are quite pleased with how we faired and acknowledge the luck in that. We kept power the whole time. The sun melted the snow off the hoops and tomato houses before it could crush the structures. We managed to get the place plowed before the snow turned too heavy. Our animals and plants all managed to pull through. We did a lot of tending to make sure that happened, but the planning and tending worked and for that we are grateful!
One thing that did happen as a result of all that cold and dark weather: the kale growth slowed way down. Considering the kale was frozen solid at one point, slowing down is okay. They survived and are starting to pick up again now that the temps are in the high 40s (to low 50s in the forecast, crazy!) and the amount of daylight increases every day.
Their growth slow down means that this month we are giving the kale a break from harvest and will get to enjoy baby gem purple Napa Cabbage instead. These beauties are tender and delicious and are best raw. Slice them into a slaw or enjoy them as a baby cabbage wrap. You can cook them up too, but eating them raw would allow their glorious crunch and beautiful color to shine through more.
We are in the midst of the great thaw right now with all that glorious snow turning into ankle deep mud in places, but it is nice to have some moisture in the air again. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday in Bend or Sisters (current forecast is for rain, go figure) or Friday and Saturday at the Farm Store.
~ Alison and the Crew
|Adirondack Blue Potatoes
carnival, jester, or delicata winter squash
baby gem purple Napa cabbage
Get ready for a tour de beef!
Large Meat CSA
Small Meat CSA
|1 quart beef stock
+/- 4 ground beef
1 cube steak
1 pack stew meat
|1 quart beef broth
1 cube steak
+/- 1 ground beef