No better time than an ice storm to talk about flowers and as I’m about to order the flower seeds for this coming season’s Pick Your Own, it’s time to ask for feedback. Did anyone take advantage of the drying flower bed and have some colorful dried Holcomb Farm bouquets in their house right now? How many of you enjoy eating the nasturtium flowers & leaves? Should we plant more? less? Let me know what you liked, want more of, less of and anything else you can think of related to flowers.
The agrarian renaissance of Holcomb Farm can’t continue without the continued support of our CSA members. We’ve got high hopes and dreams for the coming season and the future of the Farm, but can only be successful if people in the community cast their “vote” for us and choose Holcomb Farm to be their source of veggies. Every year we’re seeing an increase in the number of high quality, nutrient dense bumper crops – all without any shortcuts, ammonium-based fertilizers, nor any organic or chemical based pesticides. So if you haven’t already, please consider signing up today and help us spread the word to all your friends and family. Half Shares, Full Shares, One Share, Two Shares! With all the produce in the CSA barn, plus the Pick Your Own veggies and flowers out in the field…you can’t go wrong!
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Feedback on Pick Your Own Veggies:
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on PYO veggies for this coming season (even if it is not mentioned here all the points folks raised are being considered). Husk Cherries, Snap Peas, Edamame and Mini Eggplant were all given a big thumbs up and are definites for the PYO (along with Cherry Tomatoes, Beans, Raspberries, Dill and Cilantro). Crop planning is still underway, but i’ll try to include Tomatillos in the PYO as well, not to mention a few other surprises. Regarding strawberries, I’m new to growing them, so we’ll see how it goes. We planted some last year (and learned a lot) and will be planting more this spring (and every spring thereafter). So I can all but guarantee a bumper crop of strawberries for 2018 (strawberries don’t yield big until their second year). For this coming season we’ll definitely have some strawberries, but maybe not a ton, we’ll do our best to make those plants happy this spring (they got a lovely full package spa treatment from the crew last fall before the cold really set in).
A note on the Lemon Tree Blossom:
The Lemon Blossom in the photo is from one of our Dwarf Meyer Lemon Trees in a pot in the Farmhouse. We got them as little stems years ago from Logees, a rare plant dealer right here in CT. Back when we lived on the temperate light filled climate of Long Island’s South Fork we used to get amazing large lemons from them every year. But since we left they’ve hardly born a single fruit. They are currently COVERED in blossoms, so I’m hopeful this is the year they finally adjust to life off LI and make some fruit. If not, the heavenly aroma of all these flowers blooming in the dead of winter will do just fine for now.
(If you made it this far, let me know, you deserve a free sweet potato!)
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