It was spring for a couple days...

Updated: Feb 1, 2019

Mother Nature is just playing a joke on us, right?


This week we've got 4, count 'em 4, glorious spring days and then, what???, back to winter. No fair!


We had ambitious dreams to get all of our plantings that were scheduled to be planted last week or the week before in the ground this week, but with the forecast for winter-ish weather coming this weekend, it may not be a good idea.


This is one of the many challenges of farming! Timing is everything. Missed opportunities. Jumping the gun. How do you make these decisions??


A couple days ago I, Farmer Chloe, was totally prepared to plant out all of our spring transplants of cabbage, kale, lettuce, chard, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower and onions....and then the forecast for Saturday night was a low of 24 degrees with a wind chill value of 11 degrees. What is this...winter??


So, plans changed.


With those kinds of temperatures I think the only "safe" bet is planting the onions. So, we will give our plant babies a spritz of fertilizer and keep them warm and cozy in the greenhouse and hope for milder weather next week.


Almost half of the transplants in the greenhouse are already supposed to be in the ground. They will need a little extra care from us to make sure they stay as healthy as possible while we wait for the weather to change.

Things are looking bigger in our tunnels this week which means in the coming weeks we will have more Robinette veggies in your shares!


This week from Robinette we have some yummy salad mix that includes lettuces and sweet spinach!


We also have Mild Mix Micro Greens which are delicious on anything you can think of! We eat micro greens on pretty much everything at our house: sandwiches, wraps, eggs, pizza, quesadillas, soup, pasta, rice, ANYTHING! Experiment with these micro greens and see what extra flavor and freshness you can add to a dish.


The third item from Robinette in this week's share is our Micro Greens Salad Mix. This is a mix of all the shoots we grow: pea shoots, buckwheat shoots and sunflower shoots. This is a tasty crunchy mix that can be used just like the mild micros or can easily be added to your lettuce salad mix to add some flavor and texture!


Pinto beans from Clear Creek Organics are on the list this week - see my instant pot video on the FB Group Page to see how I like to cook beans! If you don't get around to using these right away, no big deal. Just keep them in a cool, dark spot in your kitchen and get to them when you have the time.


We have more sweet potatoes from Grandview Farms, which will store best in a cool (50 degrees) spot in your house. Putting your sweet potatoes in a loosely closed paper bag in your cupboard is a decent spot too, but be sure to use them up in a couple of weeks. One of the easiest things I do with sweet potatoes is cut them into rounds and roast them in the oven. They cook quickly and with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic they taste amazing!


Until next week!

Chloe


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