This December the fields are full of vegetables and my heart is full of gratitude. We got VRDNT going over three years ago, and this fall season feels particularly momentous: we've had our best harvests and our smoothest operations yet. Most of this I must graciously credit to my amazing team!!! Meghan (pack manager CSA operations), Rebecca (market and deliveries), and Gianna (field manager) are the powerhouses behind the veggie machine. Super big shout out to these amazing women who put their energy and attention into bringing you the finest produce every week.
We have a bounty of fresh fall/winter veggies on the horizon
Cauliflower is JUST starting to size up. Expect it to make an appearance in the boxes very soon!!
We are currently in peak Napa (Chinese) Cabbage season and are just beginning to harvest Green and Red cabbage. Expect to see these in your boxes over the next few months.
We have broccolini and broccoli heads ready now. After our broccoli has produced a whole head, we can continue to harvest florets that regrow. Expect to see more bags of broccoli florets in a few weeks. :-)
Turnips, watermelon radishes, carrots, and beets will rotate through the fall/ winter shares. They will continue to have tops until we have hard freezes which damage the leaves. After that, they will start to be bulk items.
Lettuce and baby greens will be staples through the winter. Spinach is a few weeks out. It's coming!
What do you want to eat?
I am still finalizing the spring crop plan. I'd love to hear your feedback about what you want us to grow for you. Kindly consider filling out this CSA SURVEY if you have a minute. Tell us what you like!
Spring Planting Ahead
We are already making beds for our earliest spring plantings. We’ll plant green garlic and onions first at the end of December with fresh spring plantings of carrots and beets in January. (Read more about our onion planting here which includes great tips for Central Texas onion variety selection.)
Right now about 40% of our produce is sold to wholesalers who pay us less and mark our produce up to consumers. It is our goal to shift our sales to majority CSA. We are doing our best to grow our membership, so please tell your veggie-loving friends about us! (Or leave a review on Google or Nextdoor).
Farmer Becky is seriously considering producing mushrooms (oysters and shiitakes) at VRDNT farm. Do you have strong feelings about the idea of mushrooms in your CSA share? Tell us about it on the CSA SURVEY.
That's all, folks! Thanks for reading. Have a good week!