IMPORTANT NOTE! For both this
week and next week, the Thursday boxes will be moved to Wednesday and the
Friday boxes will be on Thursday.
Down on the farm: Charlie always says the first day
of winter is his favorite day of the year. When he first said that, we lived in
north Texas, where winters were generally pretty cold, so I couldn't understand
why, because I was not looking forward to the next several months. Of course,
the real reason he said it was because that is the date when the days start
Plants "notice" it too, and the effects of day length on plants are
variable and complicated. Depending on the plant, it can make them bloom or not
bloom, as well as have other effects on growth. (If you get flowers from Seed
to Bloom, you may notice that some of the flowers have shorter stems during the
winter-that's because they bloom earlier, before they have had much time to
The most obvious overall effect on crops grown outside is that their growth
really slows when days are short. For most farmers in this country, that isn't
a problem-because their growing season is mainly during the longer days.
(Although as more of those northern farmers prolong their season into the
winter months by using greenhouses or other "protected culture", they
will certainly notice this effect.) It often seems like our crops are
just sitting in the field during December and January. Obviously, they do grow
a little, especially when we have sunny days and warm temperatures. And, the
leafy crops tend to do better than the fruiting crops. But, since crops planted
now won't do much for a few weeks, I decided not to plant many tomatoes
and peppers during December and early January. So, our last tomatoes went in
the ground a few weeks ago and the next ones will be planted about Jan. 15.
That will give the roots some time to start getting established before the tops
start growing. The crew is so busy at this time of year that having a little
less to plant actually works out fine.
Two weeks ago we had Salanova salad mix in the Monday and
Tuesday boxes and then had to switch to the red Cherokee lettuce on Thursday
and Friday. This week I hope to be able to do the opposite, since it seems that
there is more Salanova almost ready now. The Cherokee lettuce is getting
bigger-and I haven't even noticed it bolting yet.
As I had expected, the latest corn was full of silk fly
larvae, so we mowed it ,too. These new corn varieties germinate best when soil
temperatures are above 70, so our next corn will be seeded about mid-Feb. Then
it will be ready about mid-April. Yes, I know they are planting in "The
Glades" right now. But that's because they are big growers who sell into
markets that vary with supply and demand. If the weather cooperates and
they are lucky enough to harvest early in the season when competition from
other sweet corn growing areas is low, they can get a much higher price for
I am hoping that this break will give some time for our cornsilk fly
populations to die down now-especially if there is some actual cool weather.
The problem is, though, that silk flies have been found living on other crops,
even on old crops such as tomatoes and cabbage that have been cut down.
However, entomologists do not think the silk flies can reproduce on that other
Due to holiday changes, there will be no sprouts available
from Universal Living Sprouts on Monday, Dec. 28 or Monday, Jan. 4.
Sorry-they'll be back on the regular schedule after that.
What's in your box:
Cherokee lettuce early in the week, Salanova later in the week.
baby arugula (large boxes only)
may be a cucumber
A little housekeeping: One more reminder: If you have donated a
box (or boxes) this year and would like a tax receipt from Caring Kitchen,
please let Donna know by the end of the year. She will send your name, address,
and the value of what you donated to the Caring Kitchen, who will send the tax
receipt directly to you.
Weekly extras: The best way to order extras is to email Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org 2 PM the
day before you get your box. If you are ordering later than that,
please call 561-638-2755 and leave the message on the machine, since we don't
always have time to check email in the mornings. (Those ordering for Monday
boxes should call and leave a message, since you don't receive this list in
time to order by email.)
Flowers and sprouts require earlier orders since we have to order them from
other farms. For more information, please check the "Weekly
Extras" section on the subscriber pages of our website.
Locally grown Flowers (for Tuesday boxes, order by noon on
the Friday before your box; for Thursday and Friday, order by noon on
Wednesday). For information about these flower growers and some pictures of
their flowers, check the Subscriber Business Links on our Subscriber section
Seed to Bloom, Loxahatchee: colorful mixed bouquets-whatever is in
season $10.00 each (Sorry-not available for Monday boxes.)
Namwah bananas (short and plump) from Yagnapurush Farm in
1 lb. $1.50
3 lbs. $4
McCoy's Honey-raw, unfiltered, locally
produced Good supply now!http://www.mccoysfloridahoney.com/ 1 lb. glass jar $5.00
palmetto, or orange blossom)
3 lb. plastic jug $14.00 each (wildflower,
palmetto, or orange blossom)
1 lb. glass jar Orange blossom honey with comb included $6.50
Honeybee pollen 8 oz. $12
LeDuc "Flavor Pict" Honey This honey is from the hives he keeps in Loxahatchee. 3 lb. plastic
Herbs (some are from our farm, some from Pontano Farms)
mint (This generic mint is actually spearmint.)
specialty mints (apple, pineapple, peppermint)
Baby Greens $2.50/bag Microgreens $2.50 sandwich bag (mix may contain radishes,
arugula, kale, and/or purple kohlrabi leaves)
Baby arugula 8 oz. bag
Baby kales: Red Russian or Tuscan 8 oz. bag TEMPORARILY OUT: Baby mustard greens. 8 oz.
Other Veggies and fruit from our farm NEW! 'Cherokee' red lettuce
baby white Hakurei turnips $3/8-12 turnips (sorry-the
turnip tops are dead)
tomatoes (round red) $1.50/lb.
green tomatoes $1.50/lb.
heirloom tomatoes: red, purple, yellow or mix $3/lb. NEW! kohlrabi: bag of 3-5, depending on
size, with leaves $3
Bell peppers, mostly red $2.00/lb. (3-4 per pound) Eggplants-several colors available $2/lb
Papayas $1.50/lb. (most weigh 2-3 lbs.) choose green or ripening
Hot peppers: mix or match; sandwich bag of 4-5 peppers $3
Jalapenos-green or red, hot
Cherry bomb peppers-round, red, hotter!
Red habaneros- hottest! (at least for this
Sprouts from Universal Living Sprouts in Royal Palm Beach (www.ulsprouts.com):
These delicious sprouts are too perishable and expensive for us to keep them in
stock, so please be sure to pre-order them if you would like to buy
some. You will need to order them a week before the day of your box-or
you may place a "standing order".
The first 4 are more like microgreens-they are growing in
flats and then cut off. The beans are more like sprouts-with the tiny roots. Sprouted greens 8 oz. $7.00
Buckwheat Sprouted beans 4 oz. $3.00 Adzuki
Pea beans-sprouted peas
Mixed (Adzuki, Lentil, Mung)