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I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. Emma, Juniper and I have had a great time catching up with family, but after a week on the road I am itching to get back to the farm and start planning for next year.
First item on the agenda is the seed order, so I want to give folks a chance to chime in with your veggie desires – especially for the Pick Your Own! Peas, Strawberries, beans, dill, cilantro, husk cherries, mini-eggplant and Cherry tomatoes are all definites for the PYO patch in my book, but let me know what you think. I’m also keen on the idea of a bed of fingerling sweet peppers – kids especially will love picking these.
Though we’ve done away with the Picking Pass only membership, PYO crops will continue to be a part of all Full Shares and Half Shares, so sign up, send me your recommendations and replace those visions of sugar plums dancing in your head with sun gold cherry tomatoes, edamame and strawberries!
In the next blog post we’ll talk about the flowers.
A special note on basil: We rotated basil out of the PYO zone (i.e. outside the deer fence) last year because it is one of the few things we grow that deer won’t touch. Basil Downy Mildew disease has also come out of nowhere the last few years and it can wipe out an entire bed of basil in a few days. We’ll try and figure out a way to have a reliable supply of basil for everyone, but this is a plant I recommend everyone to grow at home as well. When the tomatoes come in having a back-up basil supply at home could be crucial.
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