After a week away, it was good to be back home and at work. Sadly we had ZERO rain, but thanks to our irrigation system, we’re still growing strong.
It’s been a busy week and getting busier everyday. Here’s a quick look at what’s been happening on the farm.
We are over the moon to have been included in the Summer 2014 issue of Edible Columbus. Click here for the online edition. We’re on page 59.
Chatting with writer Nancy McKibben gave us a great opportunity to reflect on who we are in relation to this project. Dan and I have a lot more to reminisce about – from both our individual and shared memory stores. (We’ll be sure to share some of that with you soon.) And hanging out with photographer Catherine Murray during one of our CSA workshare days was a pleasure. We were excited to see what she saw through her lens.
When the magazine came out I read our article first, of course. It was thrilling to see our efforts recognized. Even more meaningful, however, was reading through the rest of the magazine and seeing who else was included. It gives our work context. So proud to be a part of the local foods movement here in Central Ohio and to share ink with the likes of Moo, Cluck, Four Strings Brewery (Dan’s former bandmate’s latest gig), Clintonville Community Market and Flying Horse Farms’ learning gardens.
Finally, thanks to Sarah Lagrotteria for letting Edible in on our little venture.
Well, this day turned out to be pretty freakin’ amazing.
When we woke up at 7am, it was all of 36 or 39 degrees out, depending on which app we were consulting. It was cold and wet and not feeling like it was gonna be a good day for much of anything.
By 9am when our CSA members rolled in, it was 50°. The sun was making a grand entrance. Catherine Murray of PhotoKitchen, a photographer freelancing for Edible Columbus, followed and we before we knew it we were working our tails off, sharing stories with Catherine, and feeling beautiful.
Once again, I’m too tired to do more than share glimpses with you via photo annotations.
Wish you were here.
Planting flowers, pole beans, more radishes, chard, and arugula.
Nancy McKibben, who is writing about us for Edible Columbus‘s summer issue requested a list of what we’re growing this year. We thought our CSA members and others might also be interested.
Since we are treating this like a community kitchen garden, you’ll notice that we have a pretty wide range of things. In the future, we might limit this somewhat depending on what does best and to build on market demand. We made selections based on descriptions of taste and color, pest and disease resistance, and our research on varieties that do well in vertical growing situations.
Here’s what’s coming up in 2014!
Kale: Red Russian and Lacinato “Dinosaur”
Lettuces: Mizuna, Apollo Arugula, Red Sails (heat tolerant), Fresh Heart Romaine
Chard: Rainbow, Silverado
Beet (We’ll selectively harvest greens for salad mix and bulbs later on): Bull’s Blood, Rhonda
Garlic: Chesnok Red
Onion: Red Zeppelin
Sweet Potato: Beauregard
Radish: French Breakfast, Easter Egg
Tomatoes: Black Cherry, Yellow Pear, Toronjina, Sweetie, Large Red Cherry, Sakura, Annelise, Gilberte Paste, Juane Flame
Beans: Blue Lake Pole, Christmas Lima
Peas: Oregon Sugar Pod, Green Arrow Shell
Squash: Green and Yellow Zucchini, Red Kuri Winter Squash, Delicata
Flowers: Zinnia, Cosmos, Coneflower, Goldenrod, Dahlia, Sunflower, Daisy, Asters, Bee Balm
Herbs: Borage, Parsley, Cilantro, Sage, Rosemary, Chives