This year’s CSA was a great first year! Some things didn’t always go as planned and some things went better than expected! Not only was 2019 the first season of the CSA, but I was on fresh ground as well! This presented me with unexpected issues and awesome new changes. The fertility of this ground still needs a lot of work, so I’ll be running pigs through the garden areas again to hopefully bring more nutrients to the ground, reduce the seed load from the weeds a bit more, and get some of those larva hiding in the ground OUT.
The 2020 CSA is already being planned. I know, the year isn’t even over! Regardless, you can never get started too early and I’m too excited to not share what new things I’m hoping to add to the CSA next year. This year, I started with mostly the staples that many people expect. I had some trouble with the cabbage moths taking bites out of my cabbage, broccoli, and kale, but not to worry, I’ve got solutions to that problem for next year! You may have also found the corn a touch on the tiny side. Again, fertility is first on my list of things to address as it makes a big difference for some of those heavy feeders like corn.
Okay, okay, I’m sure you’re just here to see what’s on the list for next season. I’m not about to disappoint! Here’s the list of what you found in the CSA in 2019:
- Snow Peas
- Bell Peppers
- Green Beans
- Butternut squash
For next year, I don’t plan to change the cost of the CSA. I am, however, going to plant some new and exciting vegetables. Some of these items were planted last year, but didn’t quite make it out of the field, so we are trying again in 2020! With some row cover and more companion cropping, I hope to get you an even better bounty of goodies.
Next year, there will be NINE different tomato varieties, SIX different pepper varieties, and SEVEN different carrot varieties. One member suggested more varieties of beets that don’t stain, so in addition to the chioggia and bull’s blood beets, there will also be golden and albino beets in the mix! Another member requested more types of greens. This year you will see asian greens such as pak choy and mizuna along with others and a little less kale! You’ll be getting the same great mix of potatoes with the addition of German Butterball and Dakota Rose (a red skinned variety).
So here’s the quick list of some of the new things you can expect:
- Asian greens
- Garlic and garlic scapes
- Brussel sprouts
- Spaghetti Squash
- Sweet potatoes
- More Herbs such as chives and dill
I hope to keep up that variety and provide the most value for your summer CSA! You’ll continue to see staples like lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers, but some things a little crazier like the blue potatoes and red carrots. As always, every season has its ups and downs and nothing in life is guaranteed, so I can’t say for certain that everything I plant will make it to your dinner table. It’s my goal, though, to fill your fridge and reduce your shopping trips so you can enjoy more all natural and awesomely delicious fresh veggies.