While there is great diversity of vegetable crops that you will find in your CSA box throughout the season, Ripley Farm also grows an increasing amount of another type of crop that never gets harvested at all. This crop is called cover crops. In fact, cover crops are just as important to the health of our farm as our edible vegetable crops that we all enjoy.
Ripley Farm's 2013 CSA members can look forward to increased diversity in their weekly bouquets! In order to have a good selection of flowers available for the whole 16 weeks of the CSA we grow both annual and perennial flowers. In between the showers of the past week, we have been busy putting in over 20 additional varieties of perennial flowers in our CSA gardens near the pick-up area! Luckily, the rain has ushered them in with a good start.
No, we aren't eating them....yet!! More on that later! Spring is the time that Ripley Farm sows the seeds of the future. In May, there aren't any vegetables ready to harvest (save for wild greens like dandelions), but nevertheless we are hard at work preparing for our CSA season to begin in July. Over the past week or so, we have begun our first big spring plantings by putting seeds and baby plants into the ground.
Ever wonder what's behind the scenes of the making of a perfect head of broccoli or a beautiful bunch of carrots? Our Healthy Soil, Healthy Food series of blog posts tell the stories of how Ripley Farm's vegetables came to be ready for your CSA box.
It seems that farming really is a seasonal ritual. Every fall we remove and distribute our crop of organic root crops, squashes, tomatoes. Every spring we have to add back to our soil to ensure a healthy crop for the coming fall.
While most plants are just starting to come to life, our onion family transplants are huge and a beautiful green! Thanks to fellow farmer Jason Kafka of Checkerberry Farm in Parkman our onion and leek plants have been well tended to for their 2 months of life so far. Since we do not have heated greenhouse space we rely on Jason to give our alliums a good start before they arrive at our farm to be transplanted out into the soil of our farm.