Last winter went down as one of the warmest on record, and it's starting to look like this year may offer up another winter-that's-not-really-winter. That's alright with me, as I'm no fan of cold, snow, or ice. And we're able to offer a greater abundance and variety of vegetables through a milder winter season. But mild weather coupled with days that are now lengthening can trick a few plants into thinking it's spring already. Tatsoi is always the first crop to be fooled into believing it's April long before spring actually arrives. (It's a plant after my own heart - I wish it could always be spring, too!) It's pretty - you don't find much of anything else blooming in January, and it gives the honeybees something to eat when they fly out on sunny days. Bolting greens are still edible, but quickly turn bitter, and then aren't fit for anyone but bees and chickens. About one third of the tatsoi here is already in bloom. With temperatures forecast to be in the 70s by the weekend, you can bet the rest will soon follow. So tatsoi fans, this week might be your last chance for it until next year.
Many of you have been asking what happened to the brussel sprouts we had a few weeks ago. Aren't there more? No, you're all apparently one sprout-loving crowd that ate our entire crop in just one week. I had no idea brussel sprouts were so popular. We will plant many more for next winter!
It is also time to start getting your memberships in for the 2013 CSA. Subscriptions are available on a first-come, first-served basis until we are full. Please note that we always fill up very quickly! You'll find details about our CSA here. You'll find a link to download this year's membership form at the bottom of that page. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!