A few fun facts and comments from our latest, greatest season of farming in flatlands of Sandusky County, Ohio:
- Our 2016 season here in Northern Ohio was really challenging and quite rewarding. We had hardly a scant of rain between May 15 and August 1. We received a tenth here and a tenth there, never really building adequate moisture for our fields. We drilled a deep well in early 2015 when the farm was moved to Sandusky County, and boy did that well come in handy this year. Almost all of the great food you enjoyed this season was directly derivative of our ability to irrigate with that well. From carrots to sweet potatoes to tomatoes, we watered and delivered more water to our fields. We have a fine sandy loam soil that drains well so it is especially important to regularly monitor moisture levels and keep the H2O flowing.
- We were blessed with a tremendous tomato season! We had tomatoes from late July until almost the end of October. We particularly enjoyed our plum and mini heirloom tomatoes. We had vines that traveled all the way up and down a 6 foot trellis this season. I know our crew still has nightmares from all the cherry tomato picking we did in August and September.
- Yes, I know, we had too many Romano Beans. I don’t think you can ever eat enough of them but I’m committed to growing other bush beans in 2017. Wax Beans and Haricot Vert look likely for the CSA and market stands.
- Ahhhhh…the grandeur of Romanesco Cauliflower. We will continue to grow more and more Romanesco. This season we grew almost a 1/3 of an acre of the beautiful green stuff. By far the tastiest vegetable that comes off farm. Hard to grow and takes forever to mature. Romanesco…I miss eating it already.
- Cheers for diversity! Overall, we were happy with the CSA’s quality and quantities. We plan to offer more salad green options in 2017 with experiments in baby collards and kale, too.
- We completed construction on two new greenhouses which enabled us to propagate more plants for the farm this season and beyond.
- Cold spring freezes and dry summer conditions limited our yields of all onions including Rossa di Milano and shallots. Hopefully we will have better luck with the spring weather in 2017.
Thank you to our CSA site coordinators, volunteers, employees and membership. Another year, more progress and new challenges. Ten years down the road…here’s to 2017 and a toast to perseverance!
Be Well, Eat Better,
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For all shares purchased and paid-in-full by January 15th, we will offer a $50 discount on weekly shares, $25 on bi-weekly. For weekly shares, use coupon code “Sign me up!” and for half shares, use coupon code “Sign me (half) up!”
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In the meantime, you can still find us at the Worthington Farmers Market inside The Shops at Worthington Place every Saturday from 9am-12pm.
Here’s to 2017!
Jaime Moore & Adam Welly
Wayward Seed Farm