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.