Surprise! Our first fall harvest is finally in. That’s a little bit how it felt to us, even. The floating row covers, amazing as they are at keeping insects, deer, and armadillos off our veggies, also create a little bit of an “out of sight, out of mind” atmosphere. The row covers are transparent (they let 85% of sunlight through, after all), especially when the sun is at the right angle, but they keep the veggies pretty well hidden too. This situation is exacerbated by the fact that our irrigation system is automated, so while we’re in the field every day, not every crop needs a close inspection every day.
Our weekly weekend routine now includes weeding every row to help keep things under control. We had some idea that the collards were getting close to ready just because of how tall the floating row cover was standing, but when we pulled the cover off the kale rows, it was a happy shock to find some leaves ready to harvest there too. The turnips, too, were much thicker than anticipated, and should respond well to being thinned.
Without further ado, here’s the first harvest list: collards, curly kale, dinosaur kale, and baby turnip greens. Of course, sweet potatoes are still being dug weekly, Virginia peanuts are still available, and peppers, eggplant, okra, and herbs remain just a request away from harvest time. Check it all out on our Currently Available page.
The highlight of the weekend, by far, was getting to try out the greens bubbler. The collards and kale were pretty clean already, so they just got a quick spin. But the baby turnip greens were quite a bit dirtier, and we were definitely pleased at how much cleaner they were after just a few minutes of bubbly agitation.