Late Fall/Winter Veggies
Our main CSA season will finish the week of October 22/25, 2018. For those of you thinking about Sunrise vegetables thereafter, we have two options available.
1) Fall/Winter boxes. We're growing gorgeous vegetables in the greenhouses to get you through November and December. We will have pick-ups every other week, with all the veggies washed and ready to go. Each pickup will include some combination of lettuce, arugula, spinach, salad mix, scallions, assorted herbs, kale, chard, asian greens, carrots, onions, shallots, radishes, garlic, and potatoes. In addition, we'll rotate between sweet potatoes, leeks, celeriac, kohlrabi, kale, cabbage, and beets. All the produce will be certified organic and will be primarily from Sunrise, with the potatoes and sweet potatoes coming from Picadilly Farm (down in Keene, owned by my brother and sister-in-law.)
The cost is $195 (up $5 from last year.) We're aiming to provide you with $240 in value, roughly split between fresh greens and storage crops.
The pickup days will all be Tuesdays from noon to 6 PM: November 6, November 20, December 4, and December 18.
If you know you are going to be away for one of these weeks, or prefer to order "every other" box to create a half share, we're happy to accommodate that. Just let us know which weeks. (We won't, however, have half-sized shares per se.)
Note that we used to call this our "winter share", though it's not really a CSA share the way the summer share is, with shared risk and shared harvest. We'll be wholesaling some of our veggies to the coops at the same time, so we know we'll have plenty of veggies available for these fall/winter pickups. We'll fill them up so that you end up paying 15 to 20% less than you would have paid had you bought the veggies retail.
2) Bulk purchases. For those of you who just want to focus on just a few crops, or augment your winter veggies with extras, we will also sell bulk bags of carrots, beets, white potatoes, and sweet potatoes, available at the November 20 pickup, right before Thanksgiving, and/or the December 18 pickup, right before Christmas. Prices for these are still pending, but they will be similar to (or the same as) last year. Tentativey:
*Carrots, 10 lbs for $14 or 25 lbs for $32
*Beets, 10 lbs. for $15 or 25 lbs for $35
*Potatoes, 10 lbs for $15 or 25 lbs for $35
*Sweet Potatoes: 20 lbs for $36*Diakon radishes, 10 lbs for $15*Garlic: 3 lbs for $25 or 5 lbs for $40
Some of these bulk veggies will come from Picadilly, with the rest from Sunrise as our supplies last.
If you're interested in the fall/winter boxes or the bulk veggies above, click here. We can handle payment any time between now and the first pickup.
Spring, Summer, and Fall vegetables for the CSA
The crops that we grow each year varies, depending on the weather, customer demand, and myriad variables like seed quality and greenhouse management. For reference, here’s a typical harvest these days:
May: Lettuce, broccoli raab, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, mesclun, radishes, scallions, arugula, chard, kale, and fresh herbs.
Early June: Lettuce, mesclun, spinach, asparagus, kale, tatsoi, arugula, radishes, rhubarb, broccoli, scallions, and sweet turnips.
Late June: Lettuce, sweet turnips, kohlrabi, pak choi, spinach, mesclun, garlic scapes, Napa cabbage, escarole, carrots, peas, and summer squash.
Early July: Lettuce, carrots, chard, cucumbers, escarole, zucchini and summer squash, garlic scapes, beets, and snap peas.
Late July: Lettuce, snow peas, carrots, cucumbers and zucchini, new red potatoes, radiccio, soft-neck garlic, cherry tomatoes, and chard. Pick-your-own blueberries.
Early August: Lettuce, fennel, green beans, carrots, edamame, zucchini and summer squash, tomatoes of all kinds, purple peppers, kohlrabi, sweet onions, green and purple beans.
Late August: Lettuce, beets, carrots, summer squash, cukes, onions, garlic, eggplant, tomatoes, spuds, wax beans, cantaloupe, and colored peppers.
Early September: Lettuce, watermelons, cantaloupes, chard, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, masses of tomatoes, spuds, peppers, and spaghetti squash.
Late September: Lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, onions and garlic, more melons, red kuri and blue hubbard squash, delicata squash, colored peppers, beans, onions, garlic, and collards. Pick-your-own raspberries.
Early October: Lettuce, mesclun, spinach, arugula, potatoes, kale, chard, collards, broccoli, onions, garlic, more melons, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, leeks, cherry and slicing tomatoes, beets, carrots, and cabbage. Pick-your-own raspberries.
Organic winter greens for wholesale
We use our hoophouses to grow greens throughout the winter months. Short winter days makes for slow growing plants, so we start planting spinach, kale, chard, and other hardy greens in late September and October. You can find our greens at the Upper Valley Food Coop, Coop Food Stores, and Piecemeal Pies.
2015-16 was our first winter growing season. There was plenty of experimenting, learning new growth patterns, and attempting to make our hoophouses weathertight.
We spent that same winter building four new hoophouses that are specifically designed for cold-season growing. Despite missing the snow, a mild winter is just what we needed to finish these houses in time for spring planting.