By Dan O’Brien, Community Supported Agriculture Farmer
Well, summer is finally here and the vegetables growing in the CSA at Coverdale Farm Preserve are loving the sun. With all of this sunlight and warm weather comes lots of wonderful produce. The CSA farm team has been working incredibly hard planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting all sorts of different vegetables that our CSA members absolutely love. Some of the most popular vegetables that we have been growing are the kale, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce.
With all of the different varieties of produce growing it is hard to pick just one favorite. I for one am absolutely loving all of the cucumbers that have been growing in our hoop house. These cucumbers are grown vertically with a vine clip trellising system. This system enables us to maximize the space inside the hoop house and grow hundreds of pounds of cucumbers in a relatively small space. We also use this vine clip trellis system in the tomato high tunnel house. In this house, which is kind of like a greenhouse without heaters, we have over 300 tomato plants all clipped up and producing lots of fruit. Having the tomatoes and cucumbers planted inside the houses, we are able to plant them much earlier in the spring than all of the summer crops that are planted outside in the field. The houses keep the plants warm and protect them from frost.
At this point in the season we are renovating the field, removing old spring and early summer crops and getting ready to plant lots of our fall crops. These fall crops include cool weather loving plants like lettuce, broccoli, collard greens, kohlrabi, and cabbage. One of the most important things to consider with the CSA is that we must always be thinking about the future. It takes time for the plants to grow and mature and this is a process that can not be rushed. Proper planning helps make the harvest bountiful for all of our CSA members.
During these warm summer months please remember to drink plenty of water and to eat more vegetables.
Organic Coverdale Farm produce is available for sale on Farm Fun Day every Wednesdays, noon to 2:30pm, and third Saturdays of the month, 8-11am for $20 per box. Stop by and see the farm animals and take home a box of veggies!