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Field Notes: Volume 16, Number 1

This Week’s Harvest List

  1. Green Garlic

  2. Radishes

  3. Head Lettuce

  4. Lettuce Mix

  5. Pea Shoots

  6. Parsley or Garlic Chives

We ask that our SHAREholders please keep in mind that spring harvests are often “light.” This is a result of small growing space and the earliness of the season.

As the season progresses, summer and fall should bring with them heavier boxes.

Welcome to the 2011 Ecosystem Farm CSA season!

This week marks the season’s first SHARE pick-ups, as we send out fresh harvests of lettuces, green garlic, pea shoots, and more. As the spring rains continue, planting crops has remained a challenge. Indeed, the wet weather has made farmers all over the region desperate to find the perfect planting window in between the rainfall. But, while the Ecosystem Farm staff is feeling pressured to get things into the ground, evidence of successful growth elsewhere pushes them forward. A patch of blushing strawberries spotted in the field, summer squash and tomatoes growing well in the greenhouse: each a signal that summer is not so far away.

While spring growth is a positive thing, it can also be a negative. Along with the arrival of Zebra Swallowtails and flocks of Bobolinks, warmer weather has heralded the arrival of farm pests. Creeping Charlie has crept far too close for comfort, and Small Cabbage Whites have been found fluttering in and around beds of brassicas (to be combated with badminton rackets, of course).