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Harvest Festival Countdown, Day 1: Brassicas

October 19, 2009

In preparation for our Harvest Festival coming up this Sunday, October 25, we thought we’d ease into fall with a weeklong series on the farm’s vegetables – alternating day by day with crops that are just getting ready to harvest, and crops that had their summer time to shine but now go to rest until it gets warm again.

First up, we have the Brassicas, also called cole crops: brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collards, kohlrabi, rutabaga, and turnips. After planting their tiny seeds in soil block in our propagation house, we transplanted them into beds in late summer, in Quad 2 behind the tomato hoop house, and all along the streetside beds. They were tiny! Diligent weeding, the occasional watering with a seaweed-based fertilizer, and a couple of months’ time yielded what we see today:

Kale

We’ve been selling kale and collards at market, but the broccoli and brussel sprouts, as you can see, needs a little more time:

Baby Brassicas

Tune in tomorrow to hear about another vegetable, and come out to the farm on Sunday to see them all in person!

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