Farm News: New Micros and a New Cooler

May 6th, 2020 | Posted By: Stephen Douglass | Posted in Crops, Equipment, News

Hi Folks,

I hope everyone is enjoying the produce and the flowers.  Mark Hommes and Edwin van de Bovenkamp have been giving us the flowers free as a promotional item figuring it would cheer up our CSA Members during these tough times.  I’m planting “farmer flowers”  (pollenless sunflowers, zinnias, celosia) now so we can keep that offering going on weeks those guys are too busy with big orders.   I’ll be doing another blogpost (with video this time) at Castle Hayne Farms very soon.  Check out my 2018 post about them here.   Edwin has created a very special piece of equipment, an 8-row paperpot transplanter, that will help us with our own production as well.   By the way, they are open 8:30am to 3:00pm on weekdays to the public and I know peonies are in season right now.  Get them early for Mother’s Day.  Our CSA Members will be getting a little extra goody from them in the box this week.

We have been planting some interesting crops the last couple weeks that you will see in the CSA Box possibly Friday but definitely the following week:  Fava Bean microgreens.  For the foreseeable future we will be growing

(micros/shoots) fava beans, peas, triton radish, red cabbage, sunflowers, our broccoli-mustard mix, and hemp.   If you are new to microgreens, I wrote an informational post back in January 2019 that’s worth a read here, just keep in mind that we have changed some of the crop selection since then.  The fava beans in particular are being grown by request of an original CSA Member who suffers from Parkinson’s disease as favas are very high in dopamine precursors.  They are exceptionally tasty, too, so that’s a win-win.

I’d like to thank my neighbor, Jerry Dempsey, for helping me create a coolbot trailer for flowers and to keep the CSA boxes cool before delivery.  When we get enough Members, we will probably use the trailer to make deliveries, too.  There’s a little more work to do on it but it cools everything very well.

Thanks Everyone.  If you missed last week’s Weekly CSA Box video, check it out on our youtube page HERE.

–Farmer Steve