What's in the Box?
Notes From the Field
Even though the equinox may not have felt autumnal this past weekend with our blistering 90 weather here at the North Farm, our hoophouse finally looks like summer has said its goodbyes. With that, we have moved on into our winter and fall hoophouse crops, like we had mentioned in Week 13's newsletter; lots of leafy greens and some roots to get us through the chilly months ahead.
Summer fruits like tomatoes and peppers are some of my favorite crops, and seeing them go is always an important closing chapter for the farms' main growing season. And while we have the luxury to purchase tomatoes even in the depths of winter (albeit from somewhere much warmer), they never quite taste the same as our beautiful northern tomatoes do in the height of the season. One of the important experiences of the CSA model is the illustration of crop changes throughout a given growing season, and the immense diversity of crops we can grow this far north. Some crops, like our lettuces, kales, and spinach, seem to withstand a wide range of growing conditions; while things like our cucumbers make their debut only in the warmer months. The seasonal changes allow us to savor each crop as it comes and goes, to look forward to the next season, new crops, and new flavors to mark the passage of time with.
As we draw towards the closing of the season, we'll be busier than ever bringing in our storage crops, prepping the farm for winter, and planning for next year. This was certainly a challenging year for myself as a new farmer to the area and to this farm; it has been a great season of learning, experiencing the ups and downs of Mother Nature's unpredictability, and the joys of each new vegetable as I see it grow from sowing to harvest. With each year, we learn more and work hard to bring you all the beautiful CSA boxes you've received, and your support and feedback has been invaluable in allowing us to continue to provide food for the Central UP community. If you have any additional feedback or comments, please click on the link below to let us know!
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1/19/2023 03:16:52 am
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The North Farm is a research, education, and production farm located in the central Upper Peninsula.