Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The First Harvest (A Retrospective)

Harvesting spinach
I wanted to write about our first tiny harvest on Friday. I know it's a little odd to be giving an update days later, but what can you do: we've been real busy.

Anyway, harvesting the first greens on Friday was a joy. We harvested spinach, bok choi, and salad mix (baby lettuce, mizuna, and arugula). We harvested all of these greens for the CSA Egg Day that we held on Saturday. CSA members came to the farm for a sneak preview of what they will see in their shares when the season starts in just THREE WEEKS. We are already counting down the days until the CSA begins.

Baby lettuce up close and personal.
The first CSA pick-up is Tuesday the 17th at the Bennington Farmers' Market, Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st at The Farm. And Bennington Farmers' Market begins even sooner. The first day of that market is May 7th!

Working in the spring can be a little difficult because we do not spend very much time harvesting. The pace of work is very different without time in the week allocated to harvest. We are so focused on getting things in the ground and keeping them healthy in the first stages of their life that we almost forget that very soon harvesting will be an entire day's affair. We love those days.
Happy harvesters!

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