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From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 1.7.2015

Posted 1/7/2015 9:54pm by Jim Baughman.

Hello to Everyone,

Brrrr! Old Man Winter has arrived. I don’t really need to tell anyone how cold it is, but let me tell you it is cold and oh the wind. It’s a good time to stay in, find a good book, and stay close to the fire. Let’s hope this comes and goes in a few days and doesn’t hang around so much like last year. We are and will be struggling to harvest any greens this week but feel we should be able to eek out enough for our CSA members and maybe just a few bags for market. The greens have finally grown to a marketable size but I just don’t think Mother Nature wants us to take them yet. Winter grown greens actually freeze just like anything else in the cold but to our delight when they thaw in temperatures above 32 degrees they can be harvested. If harvested frozen they will spoil very quickly. This becomes a problem when the daytime high temperatures are below 10 degrees are so. Even with full sun today our greenhouses were 34 degrees at 3:00 PM when it was 8 degrees outside. That does not allow us enough time to harvest for the day as the warming sun dissipates late in the day. We are normally pretty lucky and get a window or time frame throughout the week to get the harvest in but this week has not allowed us that time. Even with the cold temperatures I still enjoy growing produce in the winter time. I guess it’s because it just always amazes me at what can actually be grown in the cold even if sometimes we can’t always get the quantities we may like.

Not much farming done this week. Monday and Tuesday were spent pretty much stocking up on firewood getting ready for the cold snap. We have been working on adding some much needed lighting in the processing barn. Harvest will only come in the short time frames that Mother Nature and Old Man Winter will allow. In your shares this week you will have carrots (we were able to harvest them on Tuesday before the ground froze to hard), Spring Lettuce Mix, Spinach, Micro Greens, and Pea Shoots. Make sure to check out this week’s recipes for Honey Glazed Carrots and Pea Shoot Salad. The internet is a great source for more recipes and uses for Pea Shoots.

Market Reminder: The Bloomington Winter Market is a great place to shop at and supplement your CSA. You can find farm fresh meats, honey, vegetables, eggs, and flowers. There are also many other local made pastries, breads, and homemade goods. The winter market is held each Saturday from now through March from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Harmony School in Bloomington.

Keep Warm, Jim

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