Spring Has Sprung!
We're only 4 weeks away from the start of our CSA shares! We plan to begin the season with lots of leafy greens, fresh herbs, tender asparagus, and crispy radishes. We've also stored some delicious gold potatoes, sweet carrots, and tasty sauerkraut to round out our early spring shares. We still have a few shares available, you can sign up online today!
The weather is warming up and we're in high gear at the farm. The seedlings in our greenhouse are growing quickly on these warm, sunny days, and much of our time is spent seeding, watering, and potting up.
We're getting the fields ready for planting, fixing equipment and getting our machinery up and running. We're especially excited about this new 6' disc we bought from our friends Becky and Scott at Singing Cedars Farm in Orwell. Thanks, Becky and Scott!
Over the weekend we started to work the soil and prepare our fields. Ben plowed in some cover crops of rye, oats, and peas that added valuable nutrients and protected our soil from erosion over the winter. It takes a few weeks for the cover crop to break down before we can prepare these beds to plant.
We've outgrown our greenhouse and we need more space for our seedlings, so we just built this 60-foot cold frame. We'll use this space to harden off seedlings before they get transplanted. We can also plant a summer crop of heat-loving ginger or peppers in here once the transplants are all out.
Flavors of the Valley
Jump into spring and get a taste of local foods this weekend! We'll be at the Norwich Farmers' Market at Tracy Hall this Saturday from 10-1pm. We'll have some unique early spring offerings- pea shoots, radish sprouts, spinach, sauerkraut and kimchi varieties, carrots, and our own Root 5 Farm honey!
On Sunday from 10-3pm, bring your plate and fork to Flavors of the Valley at Hartford High School in White River Jct. This is the 15th annual celebration of local foods organized by Vital Communities with over 50 farm and food related vendors. We're so excited to be part of this tasting event that brings together Upper Valley chefs, farmers, and specialty food producers. Root 5 Farm will be offering a taste of our sauerkraut varieties and spring greens. We'll be set up next to our friends at NOFA-VT and Shire Beef.
Despite the fresh snow outside, it's warm and cozy in our greenhouse and thousands of seedlings are popping up. We've been planting greens, radishes, and turnips in our high tunnels and our first field planting of peas is scheduled for Friday!
If you've been meaning to sign up for a CSA share, don't delay! The growing season has begun and shares are going fast! Sign up today and receive your first CSA delivery in mid-May.