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02 Feb '18

February 2, MIDDLE winter

Posted by madalyn warren
We are inching along towards longer days and the season of bitter greens and ramps. My friend Old Man Cowan said we should be half way through our wood piles and hay.  Most of us hit that mark a couple weeks ago after harsh weather at the end of December and early January.  Im still doing research about the varieties of plants to grow out in 2018, so many decisions to make, all of which are much easier now that we have an added value kitchen at the farm.  The greatest season extender and pressure relief valve for a produce operation is the added value kitchen. Its an enterprise onto itself, with more work and more expenses but the overall effect on the whole farm is less pressure and an increased sense of resource management.   Season extenders such as cold hearty variety selection, hoop houses, mulching, etc are all very limited in overall impact on the farm, where no matter what, nature is the boss.
30 Jan '18

Farm Selects: Poughkeepsie Farm Project Mu

Posted by madalyn warren
Poughkeepsie Farm Project's MU (Korean Radishes) have been fermenting here for a few weeks and are ready for market tomorrow. Look for PFP Radish Kimchee.
Poughkeepsie Farm Project is a model farm for holistic management in the Hudson Valley. With year round food production, hands on education, equanimity with the natural environment and pedal to the metal community outreach we encourage you to eat, support and follow PFP's efforts.  Located at Vassar College home of WVKR 91.3fm!
29 Aug '17

Riding That Train, September 28th, 2017

Posted by madalyn warren

Delaware & Ulster Railroad is hosting a taste of the Catskills. All aboard for an evening ride up the East Branch River eating and drinking our regions peak season bounty.  Kimchee Harvest will be on board and we look forward to seeing you there. 

Image by Nicole Day, Catskill Harvest

 

11 Apr '17

April 11th and almost 80 degrees F in Roxbury

Posted by madalyn warren
Extra hot summers seem to be the new normal for the northeast so I plan to accommodate the climate and plant more eggplant.  In past years, eggplant has been more or less a novelty crop given the plants preference for warm long seasons.  The greenhouse will soon be busting at the seams with transplants but in the field I admit, Im off to a slow start,  4 rows of fava beans seeded and a short row of snow peas is the extent of it.   With farmers markets just around the corner the urgency of field work has begun to weigh in on my time.  Given the wet and snowy conditions in March and early April, I decided to get the usual direct seeded crops going in the greenhouse and will for the first time be transplanting lettuce, frisee, swiss chard and beets in a couple weeks.

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