HAPPY SPRING!

CSA UPDATE

The Friday share pick-up will be in Capitol Hill, but I am still looking for a place to deliver the shares.  If you have, or know anyone who has, a porch or backyard in Capitol Hill/Eastern Market that Radix Farm can use for the drop-off site, please contact me asap.  The host site member receives a discounted share.

For those of you who have already signed up, don’t forget to send your payment by March 29 to secure your membership.

CROP UPDATE

What a beautiful weekend for planting.   On Friday, we seeded the first spring crops – onions, carrots, and turnips.

Here I am, trying out my new seeder.  Notice all the beautiful garlic shoots popping out through the mulch.

On St. Patrick’s Day, I purchased three potato varieties from Landreth Seed in Pennsylvania. Then, as the sun was setting on Saturday, we finished planting 900 row feet of potatoes.   Desiree, the most popular red skinned  potato in Europe, has yellow flesh and is tasty boiled or roasted.  Maris Piper, an heirloom potato with yellow skin and cream flesh, is great for mashed potatoes and frying.  And Sangre, a red skinned potato that we grew the past few years at Clagett Farm, is one of the sweetest, most delicious potato varieties I’ve ever eaten.

The seedlings in the greenhouse are doing well.  The cool weather spring crops (kale, collards, cabbage, kohlrabi, and swiss chard) are getting their first true leaves.   Here are the little collards growing up.

NEW ADDITIONS

After a spending the last week building a chicken tractor,  Jo, Blair, Natalie, Tutti, and Mrs. Garett have moved into their new home.  They aren’t laying yet, but during the CSA season I hope to offer eggs for sale to members.

Happy first day of spring!

— Kristin

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