Coming in from the Cold

Some good news this week:  We’ve tallied up the damage from the cold weather early this month, and it appears to be manageable.  Most of our citrus:  navel oranges, grapefruit, and tangelos — is fine.  This is great news, since it is one of the key ingredients in your boxes in February, March and April.

Broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage also appear to be mostly okay, although the smallest plants may have gotten so stunted that they may produce very small heads when they ripen later in the winter.  In particular, our cauliflower season is about to start in earnest, and we were concerned that much of the crop would have been damaged.

In case you’re wondering, the green garlic and spring onion fields are in very sad shape, and we don’t expect any of either crop until much later in the winter.

On the other hand, all it took was a few warm sunny days and our baby spinach field jumped in size.  It should ready to pick next week so you can look forward to a “new” item in your boxes.

Looking forward…we now have two plantings of tomatoes growing in the greenhouse, and we are taking advantage of the warm, dry weather right now to prepare the field for the first planting — just over a month from now (weather permitting).   We are hoping for a few more weeks of timely rain in February to fill the soil profile and the reservoirs with moisture.   In the meantime, enjoy the gorgeous Juneary weather.




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