April bolsters crops with rain and shine.
The start of Spring has appropriately been brought in with healthy amounts of rain and plenty of sun, giving our crops and weeds the boost they need to get out of the Winter crawl. But we are not out of the fridge yet; weekend weather predicts lows in the mid-thirties. That gives us good cause to take extra precautions like keeping transplants warm or breaking out row cover to prevent any set-backs.
This Week’s CSA box.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Salad Mix
- Swiss Chard
- Collard Greens
It’s been warm, but not THAT warm (yet), so we are still packing on the greens naturally, but we are starting to see some pop in our boxes. Last week we had beautiful, marble white turnips. This week we have a healthy mix of color, from red-veined spinach to orange carrots with lush green stalks. You can find plenty of information on why keeping variety and color in your diet is beneficial, but it also plays a role in how we perceive our food before we even eat it. There is a reason color and presentation are graded for culinary exams. How our food looks is part of what makes it appetizing to us. Our experience with food is the sum of all our senses. How something looks or smells, how it is arranged, even how you are feeling that particular moment can effect how your food tastes.
As Dandelions bloom and trees start to bud, we are getting signs all over that things are changing underground. Aside from being a good early food source for pollinators, your thickest (or thinnest) patches of weeds can be an indicator of soil quality, temperature or pH. According to everything popping up at the farm, we are ready and set to roll into Spring production!