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Farm Happenings at Potomac Vegetable Farms

Autumn Week 9: The Last Hurrah

Posted on November 10th, 2020
Our final Farm Notes, Vol. 21, No. 12 of the season is online. And this week we are giving thanks. This is the final week of the Autumn CSA--congratulations to all! Some of us on the farm have tried to eat a packed CSA share every week, and most of us didn't manage it well. We are spoiled here at the... read more »

Autumn Week 8: The Penultimate Week

Posted on November 3rd, 2020
There are a few crops that we haven't started to harvest yet, but not many.  The Jerusalem artichokes are just waiting underground, in no hurry at all as they can be dug in the middle of winter...but we will start digging them soon. There is some cabbage that is not yet firm in the head yet, and... read more »

Autumn Week 7: Carrots

Posted on October 28th, 2020
A new Farm Notes is online: A Day In Our Life On and Off The Farm I always say that CARROTS are the true test of a farmer. They are never to be taken for granted. There are two crops--one in spring and one in fall. Carrots don't do well in the heat of summer. So we plant them at the first opportunity... read more »

Autumn CSA Week 6: The Work List is Shrinking

Posted on October 21st, 2020
At the beginning of the season, the to-do list goes on for months. Now that we are about four weeks from the end of the main season, our vegetable production list has shrunk to this:1. Picking vegetables for CSA and markets2. Washing vegetables3. Sorting sweet potatoes for winter storage4. Planting the... read more »

Week 5-Autumn: Garlic Planting

Posted on October 14th, 2020
A new Farm Notes is online! This week we're talking about adapting, coping, and thriving in Covid times. We have rounded the corner in autumn and it feels like we are heading for winter already. Garlic planting is underway--one garlic clove at a time, planted six inches apart, four rows on a bed. It... read more »

Autumn CSA Week 4: High Season for Brassicas

Posted on October 7th, 2020
People often ask what my favorite vegetable is. That's a complicated question. To grow, to pick, to eat?Also, do I have to have a favorite for the whole year? Can't there be a different favorite every season? There are so many ways to have a favorite vegetable! But at the dinner table last night the... read more »

Autumn CSA Week 3: Cover Crop is In!

Posted on September 30th, 2020
We have been getting some good questions from our newest members who just joined (WELCOME!).  Two that have come up more than others: 1) Why are these apples so UGLY? And should we actually eat them? 2) Why did I get garlic when I thought was getting arugula? 1) The apples are truly rare, and quite... read more »

Autumn CSA Week 2: Frost on September 18?!

Posted on September 23rd, 2020
Farm Notes, Vol. 22, No. 9 is online! Read about the wonderful world of food preservation and what it means to us on the farm. There were three frost scares in a row this past week, and each night one of the more tender crops (basil, flowers, beans) got a little bit of damage, but in the end almost... read more »

Autumn CSA Week 1: Farewell to Summer, Hello Fall

Posted on September 16th, 2020
Welcome to the Autumn CSA! To all of you--whether continuing on from summer or starting new this fall--thank you for joining us! We are so happy to have you! If you pick up at our Farmers' Markets or are a Thursday Purcellville pick up, this is actually week 16 for you! It's a little wacky because of... read more »