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!