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Notes From the Field
Welcome to Week 8 of your CSA!
You can feel a bit of a transition taking place on the farm as fall grows ever closer. For me, one of the things that symbolizes the coming of the next season is when the garlic comes out of the ground.
Last week, we pulled the rest of this year's garlic harvest and it is looking quite nice. Garlic is one of the few crops that we plant in the fall, harvesting the following season. Last October, the cloves were split and planted into the cool soil. The cloves will start to awaken in the late season, then hibernate under the snow until spring. Once the temperatures start to rise, the garlic receives the wake up call and it is one of the first things to emerge. This time of year, we harvest and hang the fully formed bulbs to dry, or cure, for about three weeks. This is what allows the garlic to be stored, and transforms it from the fresh garlic you have received in your shares, to the cured garlic you have probably seen in the store.
Garlic is the first crop I ever worked with as a farmer, and perhaps because of that, it is one of my favorite. Keep an eye out for upcoming shares that include this kitchen staple, but for now, it'll be hanging in the barn, drying down and warding off vampires.
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