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IMPORTANT CSA information and growing conditions update.

IMPORTANT CSA information and growing conditions update.

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Homestead Hoopla 2016 CSA Newsletter

May 06, 2015


Farm News


Good morning all.  We are beginning this CSA Newsletter season in 2016 with an update on growing conditions.  The farm fields have been blessed with a week of beautiful, steady, cool rain, which is being loved by the cool season arugula, kale, salad turnips, radishes, mustard greens, vitamin green, bok choi, carrots, beets, swiss chard and all the other nice cool season greens.  However, the warmth loving crops of tomatoes and eggplant have turned blue and purple, respectively.  No joke.  When tomatoes get cold, they turn a lovely shade of turquoise. They always grow out of it, but it is a scary sight.  The kale is gorgeous.  We’ve never grown such gorgeous kale. 


With all of the lovely rain of the past week, have come really cold temperatures.  March was unseasonably warm and delightful.  April has been extremely cold, with multiple frosty nights and now unseasonably cold, wet conditions.  With the cold, wet, cloudy weather, our crops are SLOW to grow.  Really slow to grow.  We are grappling with the fact that we might have to push the first CSA harvest back a week.  This pains us and keeps us up at night.  On Friday, May 13 we will make a decision, based on plant growth in the fields, if we will begin harvesting for CSA on time and begin deliveries beginning the week of May 16 or push it back a week and begin the CSA the week of May 23.  We will email everyone on May 13, letting you know which week to begin picking up your CSA box.  Please be on the watch for that email.


Thank you all and cheers to some warm weather and sunshine! 


Thank you all,

Alison and Luke Howard

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