Sunday, June 7, 2015

CSA starts Tuesday June 16 and Thursday June 18

Hello Members,
Welcome to Wildwood CSA. Share pick up will begin on Tuesday June 16 and Thursday June 18. Pick-up hours are 3-7pm at the farm. 248 N. Adam Street, Lockport. 
Planting peppers over Memorial Day 2015
Irrelevant irrigation on lettuce rows in early June





We have been busy planting, irrigating, weeding and getting everything ready to open up the farm. Our first few weeks of shares will feature lots of greens like Boc choi, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, collards and lettuce. Greens have great cleansing and fortifying properties - perfect for Spring. There will also be broccoli, cabbage, Chinese kale, kohlrabi, radishes, beets and carrots. The pick-your-own garden has lovely spring oregano, mint, cilantro, chives and lovage. Mint water is refreshing after a good day's work. Snap peas are climbing and should be ready to pick in a couple weeks. Look for an email from us this Tuesday with more details and CSA information. Looking forward to sharing the harvest with you!

 The weather is giving us whiplash this Spring. In May, there were 90 degree days and now in early  June we are trying to plant between rain deluges. That said, the farm is looking pretty good. We planted in our new fields that were cleared in 2012. Hard to believe the fields were overgrown woods just a few years ago. So far, the Spring crops are growing well. The summer tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and first squash and cucumbers are, too. As we expected, there is intense weed pressure in the new fields. We have planted cover crops on next year's fields to help manage the weeds and add nutrients for next year.

This year we are planting our biggest crop to date. Almost 1,000 tomatoes are in the ground! The workload has benefited from our newest piece of equipment: the transplanter. (Seen in the photo above.) We can now plant young seedlings in less than 1/5 the time it used to take us transplanting by hand. It has been a great time-saver, and back-saver!

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