We planted french breakfast, white icicle, shunkyo, and easter egg radish along with hakurei turnips and lettuce mix in our high tunnel in March. Radishes grow quickly and will be able to be harvested in time to make room for our grafted tomatoes, ginger, and flowers that will be planted soon. Yesterday morning we harvested for the first time this year, picking beautiful radishes, vibrant in color, out of the damp soil. They will end up in restaurants and at the West Windsor Community Farmers Market this May.
The greenhouse is a special place in the beginning of the year. After months of planning and going through previous records on paper the first tangible task of physical action takes place. Planting your vegetable seedlings requires patience, mindfulness, and concentration. Ideally you plant the seed into a soil mix (every farmer has their own source or special blend of materials) at the correct depth, the correct size cell, and nurture it until it goes out into the field. We follow the crop plan to the best we can, but always seem to add a couple beds of a certain variety on one planting and end up without enough seeds on another because of a miscalculation on the seed order. Gathering around the seeding table is a great place to catch up with people, talk of plans for the future, and share techniques learned from farming conferences. The flats of starts begin to fill the greenhouse and the surge of the oncoming season begins to swell. The rhythms of the season begin with the soft sound of water hitting the soil and the cool ambience of whirling fans.
There are lots of exciting vegetables we will be growing this year. CSA stand for Community Supported Agriculture and is a great way to support your local farmer. Our CSA runs 22 weeks from June 3rd to October 28th. Pickup is at Agricola Eatery in downtown Princeton on Tuesdays from 4pm-8pm. The share will consist of 4 to 7 vegetables fresh and in season. We try and give you a nice balance of vegetables that will feed 1 to 2 people for the week. We include basic recipe cards in each bag so you know how to prepare what is in your share. Email email@example.com to request a application.