Putting Up The Garlic
Mid July, while being the best time to start the winter gardens is also the time we start putting up the crops for winter. We have now brought in all the Garlic from the fields and are curing it in the barn. The upper level of the barn is perfect for hanging garlic. We hang it in double stooks from nails in the rafters. it is warm and has very good airflow upstairs. We have found this way of storing the garlic keeps it in the highest quality until every last clove is sold in the middle of winter.
Early July Harvest Selection
Early July, A beautiful growning season is underway. On the Stand Brocolli, carrots,beets, garlic potatoes, raddishes, spinnach,lettuce, peas,pattypans,zucchini, swiss Chard and much much more to come. The stand is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11 until after supper.
Diversity is the key to successful farming because it leaves room for failures. At Madrona Farm we grow 105 varieties of vegetables in a multi-crop scenario. We also have 35 different varieties of fruit in the early stages of orchard development. We use 12 different cover crops to fit different growing windows of the season.
People keep asking "you must be all done farming for the season?"
The answer is we farm all year. We carry a wonderful selection of vegetables through every season. Our goal is to grow the widest range of vegetables in every season, So you can enjoy the variety and bounty of what this coastal climate has to offer. In November you can look for carrots, beets, rutabegs, turnips, parsnips, leeks all kinds of squash, garlic, 3 kinds of kale, swiss chard, arugula, winter salad mixes, bok choy, daikon, cilantro, italian parsley, parsnips, red and green cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes and very soon brussell sprouts.
When march comes and you crave something to eat fresh from the ground fear not those beautiful sea pearls, the overwintering Cauliflower begin to head and with over 6 varieties they keep on heading until most people are thinking about planting their May 24th garden.
Remember this is the coast and not the prairies, the season many not be as hot but the harvest goes 12 months a year with a little forethought.