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December 6, 2016

Red Beets
Red Cabbage
Collard Greens
Lacinato Kale
Variegated Eureka Lemons
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Jalapeños
Spinach
Treviso Radicchio
Rosemary… Read the rest

December 6, 2016

There seems to be a real winter happening this year. Since the beginning of October, we have measured 13 inches of rain at both the Rancho del Oso farm and the Ocean St. Extension farm. It seems like forever since we’ve had this much weather this early into the fall/winter season. 
 
Although the majority of our land is now cover cropped for the winter, we do have a fair amount of winter crops in the ground. Growing crops for a winter harvest takes some planning. Crop growth slows considerably once the ground cools off so the crops that haven’t reached at least the adolescent stage will likely be in dormant mode until the days start getting longer and warmer again.
 
There’s also the risk of young crops bolting prematurely once day lengths get longer so it’s important to time fall plantings accordingly. We usually avoid planting or transplanting from mid-November through December but will begin new plantings again as weather permits in mid- January.
 
I would like to take the opportunity to give thanks to all of our direct purchase customers throughout the year. Having a direct connection between our farm and local consumers of the food we produce gives us great joy and great appreciation that we live in such an informed and actively supportive community. Knowing we are surrounded by people who realize the importance and benefits of a vibrant local agriculture is truly heartening. Thank you so much and we will see you in the New Year!… Read the rest

November 29, 2016

Red Beets
Green Cabbage
Cilantro
Red Dandelion Greens
Lacinato Kale
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Red Little Gem Lettuce
Eureka Lemons
Bearss Limes
Yellow Finn Potatoes
Fuyu Persimmons… Read the rest

November 22, 2016

The colors on the farm are changing as the leaves are turning orange and yellow. There is also a lot of green in the fields and hillsides from all the early rains. We are hoping that the rains continue. Our crew is busy gathering all the irrigation pipes out of the field and pulling up drip irrigation lines. It’s a great feeling not to have to irrigate anymore.
 
We hope that everyone is coming to grips with the outcome of the elections and are getting ready for the challenges ahead, keeping an eye on the future with both feet on the ground. You can be reassured that we will keep moving forward no matter what happens and keep our focus on sustainable agriculture even if the prevailing politics aren’t supportive. 
 
Farmers are generally fiercely independent folk that can survive and adapt to the fickle winds of change. We of course prefer good change and do not want to be going backwards or to undo the progress we have made in developing a more ecological agriculture as well as a renewable energy future. Our motivation to move forward will not change. Our goals have always been and will continue to be healthy soils, healthy workers, and a healthy community.
 
BTW stay tuned for something energy related that is coming to the Central Coast soon that will really increase our independence!… Read the rest

November 22, 2016

Cauliflower
Cilantro
Lacinato Kale
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Red Leaf Lettuce
Red Onions
Yellow Finn Onions
Delicata Winter Squash
Thyme
Red Cabbage
Fuyu Persimmons… Read the rest

November 15, 2016

Cauliflower
Fennel      
Green Kale
Red Little Gem Lettuce
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Red Corolla Potatoes
Green Kabocha Winter Squash
Yellow Summer Squash
Rosemary… Read the rest