Happiness is harvesting fresh greens, and delivering them to you. It’s like raising vegetable children and then sending them out into the world. These vegetable children have had an short and interesting life. They grew up in the cozy confines of our basement, under lights. Then they took the big step into the greenhouse and got to experience natural light and cooler temperatures. When the day came to get planted into the ground they had to be tough. The lowest night time temperature in the hoophouse was 19 degrees. They all froze crispy solid. But then thawed and looked as pretty as could be. This process was repeated time and time again until their friends the tomatoes were planted next to them. Tomatoes can’t freeze and look pretty the next day so we turned on the heat and kept the houses above freezing. When we harvested them yesterday, they were all excited to learn they would be coming your way. Enjoy!

Barb

The forest floor is blanketed with ramps. We dig up clusters with a shovel and then separate each individual ramp. Pictured are Chad and Rachel.

The forest floor is blanketed with ramps. We dig up clusters with a shovel and then separate each individual ramp. Pictured are Chad and Rachel.

The crew harvesting spinach and radishes in the hoophouse on Tuesday morning.

The crew harvesting spinach and radishes in the hoophouse on Tuesday morning.

Harvesting sauté mix in the “colossal”, our other hoophouse. We cut each variety of greens separately, take it back to the packing shed and then mix the different varieties in a tub of cold water. It is spun dry in a giant salad spinner and bagged.

Harvesting sauté mix in the “colossal”, our other hoophouse. We cut each variety of greens separately, take it back to the packing shed and then mix the different varieties in a tub of cold water. It is spun dry in a giant salad spinner and bagged.

The beauty of the hoophouse as the plants are growing.

The beauty of the hoophouse as the plants are growing.

 

We did a lot of transplanting this week. In addition to what is pictured, we transplanted lettuce heads, kohlrabi, escarole, peas, fennel and broccoli.

Chris (driving tractor), Chad and Rachel transplant leeks. Something to look forward to in September.

Chris (driving tractor), Chad and Rachel transplant leeks. Something to look forward to in September.

Onion planting. Onions are the first seeds to be planted in the greenhouse in early March. They will be harvested in July.

Onion planting. Onions are the first seeds to be planted in the greenhouse in early March. They will be harvested in July.