In the meantime, we are arranging our protocols around the winter weather. These temperatures are within reason for this time of year but they are consistently below average, both for the daytime highs and the nighttime lows. This causes a lot of problems. Vegetables freeze on the table at market! You may have noticed our modified winter set-up. Heat lamps over vegetables, coolers to contain crops that won't tolerate the cold, and a heated space under the table to keep crops comfortable while they wait to go to their forever homes. The set up needs a little work- an insulated back board? A tent with walls? A biodome? A friendly dragon? You know, whatever is within reason.
We are still adapting on the farm too. We are moving the wash station to the greenhouse so our hands can stay warm while we primp and prep the vegetables. This is something that for some reason we didn't do last year. I thought, well, the cold is fine by me! But when it becomes hard to bend at the knee from frozen fabric, one must reconsider! We are also finalizing some of our frost blanket set-ups in the hoop houses. Covering and uncovering the crops and opening and closing the hoops is just about a daily event, so anything that we can do to make it easier to accomplish, we will do. I will tell you all about that next week.
Before I go, let me mention that I, Helen, will no longer be at the Ann Arbor Saturday market. Lizz will be taking over my post since I am now heading to Detroit for the Eastern Market. I am going to miss all of my wonderful market friends but I know Lizz will take good care of you. Come the depths of winter, I expect to stop in at least occasionally. And let me say, Eastern Market went really well last week. It was the first time we attended three markets at once and I would call the extravaganza a success! Surprisingly, I had never been to the market except once when I was much younger. It is huge! Despite the gigantic-ness, we are not lost in the chaos but rather noticed and welcomed. Many vendors came over to greet us, there was lots of foot traffic despite the cold, and many customers were excited to see a new organic vegetable farm. Although tiredness crested over my mind by the end of the day (and the end of a very long week and the beginning of another long week), we were satisfied and happy.
Helen signing out to slip and slide through another day at the farm!
Helen writing for the Lake Dividers
Fresh From the Field!
Baby Bok Choi!
Tokyo Bekana- Bok Choi lettuce!
Kale: flat leaf, green curly, and red curly
Microgreens: Spicy and mild. -Limited
Shoots: Pea!- Limited
Parsley: The stems of the curly parsley are incredibly sweet!
All manner of deliciousness:
Fennel: Fresh licorice-y fronds with crispy bulbs.
Kohlrabi- beautiful meal sized kohlrabi and tender petite
Potatoes will be back in a couple weeks once the rest of the crops are safe from the frost
*Hot peppers: Hungarian hot wax, cayenne, jalepeno, serrano, and poblano- try pickling!
Radishes: Classic, White Daikon, Green Daikon, and Watermelon- Try making steamed radish
Turnips: Sweet white turnips and purple top roasting turnips
*End of the season for starred crops so stock up while you can!
Markets, always rain or shine!
Wednesday: Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor Market is located in the Kerrytown District at 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI. The market runs from May thru December, 7 am to 3 pm.
Saturday: Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Detroit's Eastern Market
The Ann Arbor Market is located in the Kerrytown District at 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI. The market runs from May thru December, 7 am to 3 pm and January thru April from 8 am to 3 pm.
The Chelsea Farmers' Market is located in the lower library lot along Park St. It runs May thru October from 8 am to 1 pm.
The Eastern Market in Detroit is located about a mile northeast of downtown. It covers about 43 acres, bounded by I-75 on the West and Gratiot Avenue on the South. It runs year round from 6am – 4pm