When we decided to build the big new greenhouse, we hoped to accomplish two things. Make our greens available through the winter, and get tomato and other warm season crops in early summer. So far, we have enjoyed moderate success with both goals.
Having ample tomatoes for several weeks now is a dream come true. Next year we are hoping to improve our tomato program with the goal of big harvests by the beginning of June. To achieve this, we are planning to graft our tomatoes. With grafting, you use one variety for the rootstock that is selected for vigour and disease resistance. When it is about four inches tall, the top is cut off and and another variety that is bred for excellent fruit is joined to the rootstalk by making matching cuts and taping the plants together. We should be able to greatly increase our yields and start harvesting about a month ahead of this year if we can learn to make this work.
In a week or two, the tomatoes in the unheated hoophouse will be ready. Chances are we will be able to start selling extras at a discounted price for canning, freezing and unabashed tomato feasting! $2 per lb when ordering over 10 lbs at a time. We should also have a deal on bulk cherry tomatoes. Imagine taking these out of the freezer in the middle of the winter. Please get in touch if you are interested.
We are also hoping to refine our winter greens production. Having a steady supply of greens going into the late fall is our number one priority in terms of winter production on the farm. We just started fourteen thousand kale seedlings, along with lots of lettuce, chard and many other cold tolerant greens.
If we have enough greens to keep them in stock until the end of every market day of the year, I will be happy. Until then, we will continue to increase our season extension efforts.
In the fruit department, we have another gorgeous load of unsprayed blueberries from the Himsl family. We are also bringing in some conventionally grown plums and cherries. Farmshare members can choose any one fruit as part of the share and are of course welcome to buy extras.