Posts Tagged ‘peas’

Sometimes, people ask us, “What do you do when it’s raining?” As a matter of fact, we work! Regardless of what Nature feels like, there is some farmin’ to do.

Today was no exception. We knew the big downpour was coming, so the day before, we did as much vegetable transplanting as possible and dug out the trenches/culverts on the hillside to ensure no veg beds would wash away. We also had to make sure the equipment and tools were covered or put away so as not to get wet and rust.

It rained a lot! This morning, Adam and Alder dug some culverts to stop the erosion in the recently cultivated Pond Field. I harvested produce (cauliflower, lettuce, sugar snap peas, broccoli shoots, and green chard) for Head Start and made the delivery in Ukiah. While in town, I purchased 6 bales of wheat straw for mulch. The guys up-sized some summer seedlings in the greenhouse and cut seed potato in preparation for planting later. There was some lunch where we discussed techniques for growing potatoes and how to find more shareholders for the Live Power CSA (which you should join!).

After some administrative computer stuff, I joined Adam and Alder in moving the sheep and cows into a new pasture area in the rangeland. Herding the animals has gotten easier with three of us instead of just two. Cell phones help too. We took down the fence, put it up in the new place, and herded the ovines and bovines – all pretty much at the same time. It went pretty smoothly. No cows went wild, no sheep scattered. I think we are getting better at herding.

Later, Adam and I threw straw down in the gullies in the Pond Field to prevent any more erosion. So, we got a lot done despite the rain, some wind, and a short spell of hail. We did see the sun a couple times, as well as some rainbows! And of course, the daily chores – checking the meat chickens and egg layers, feeding the livestock guardian dogs, and watering the greenhouse – were taken care of.

I was able to take a few pictures of the spring vegetables when it was not raining.

We have a couple beds of broccoli and cauliflower flourishing at the Pond Field.

These are some beds of different lettuce varieties growing in the north section of the Coyote Field.

This is radicchio under the floating row cover. The birds like to eat it if they can get to it.

These are beets we transplanted a while ago. We usually sow beet seeds directly into the vegetable bed, but because the soil has been so wet these past couple months, we had to start them as seedlings in the greenhouse.

Cabbage! - up close and still growing in the south section of the Coyote Field. Many other brassicas and lettuce are growing in this section.

Here is more lettuce (left) and one of our plantings of peas (right), ready for trellising.

Driving down the hill at the ranch, I spotted a rainbow over the vineyard. You can sort of see the grapes to the right.

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February 2, 2010

IN YOUR BASKET THIS WEEK

Garlic
Various Winter Squash
Firecracker or Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
Farao Cabbage
Scarlet Nantes Carrots
Mixed Beets

NOTES FROM THE FIELD

Despite the rain, we worked a bit on the greenhouse frame, although we need to weld back together one pole. We are also making little cold frames so we can get more spring veggie starts going. Cold frames are basically like cloches or mini greenhouses. Right now, the greenhouse at Adam’s dad’s house is completely full of spring seedling trays, most of them on heated mats. We have all kinds of brassicas, Asian greens, and chard started.

We are making the cold frames with cinder blocks and panes of glass. Simple, yet protective!

We have pulled out the broccoli that flowered way too early and are transplanting chicory in its place. Many crops, like the cabbage and kale, are also starting to flower earlier than they did last year. This may be because of the warm weather we had late fall. The peas and fava beans have started to flower for what seems like the third time since we planted them in the fall. Hopefully, the cold will not burn the buds again. More Brussels sprouts will be ready next week. Pray for a period of dry weather so we can seed and transplant more crops and maybe get some cultivation in!

broccoli flowering too early 😦

pea plant is starting to flower

FYI, next week we will be sending around short surveys. While we try to make ourselves available to the membership, the survey is a nice venue to formally receive membership feedback.

Lastly, we are planning out our spring, and we are raising CSA meat chickens again! We order our first batch of chicks soon, so if you’re interested, contact us.
Eat well!
Adam & Paula

Three C Salad
(from Cathy and Janie)

Ingredients:

1 carrot
¼ head of cabbage
handful of currants or flame raisins
Annie’s Shiitake & Sesame Vinaigrette
(see homemade alternative below)
Caraway seeds (optional)
Walnut pieces

Instructions:

1.    Grate carrot into a large bowl
2.    Chop off about ¼ of a head of cabbage and slice into thin strips. Add to carrot.
3.    Throw in a handful of currants or flame raisins.
4.    Dress with Annie’s Shiitake & Sesame Vinaigrette. Toss all of the above.
5.    Throw in a couple pinches of caraway seeds if desired. Top with broken walnut pieces.

Alternative Dressing:

Whisk together in a bowl:
3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
½ teaspoon chili flakes
1 tablespoon mint (chopped)
1 tablespoon basil (chopped)
1 ½ tablespoon sugar
Salt and pepper

** Please email (pmanalo@gmail.com) any recipes you might like to share with the rest of the CSA membership. If its ingredients match the week’s harvest, we will include it in the newsletter. Thank you!! **

baby lettuce

the deluge of water caused this second planting of cauliflower to rot

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