Broccoli and Popcorn: the Winter CSA is calling…

Your membership really makes farm stuff happen.

img_1642-1The ears on our Pennsylvania Dutch Butter popcorn are still green and tasseled and filling out, so the trick right now is to keep the varmints at bay while the kernels mature. Your CSA membership helps us chase field critters and film critics alike out of the popcorn so it can be a star at your next snowbound movie night.

Here are some young broccoli, img_0001cabbage and hot chiles growing fast in our high tunnel. Your CSA membership helps us keep them warm, weed-free and well-watered in coming weeks to ensure the best possible winter harvest.

If you’d like more details, including more payment options, head over to the Winter CSA 2017-2018 page of our blog.

And of course if you’re all in, join and pay instantly right here:

  • FULL WINTER SHARE $320 (14 weeks)
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  • EARLY WINTER SHARE $175 (7 weeks)
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WINTER CSA: Don’t Forget to Sign Up

On this beautiful Fall day, it’s easy to forget that our winter share is just weeks away now. Down on the farm, we have lots of greens and other good things coming along nicely as we continue to plant new stuff every day.

First off, big ups to all of you who have joined the CSA so far! You are right up there with sunshine and rainfall on our list of things that help the farm. Thank you.

If you haven’t yet reserved a share, how about doing it this week, or maybe even right now? You, yes you, can be a ray of sunshine. Sign up and pay instantly right here on our Info Page. There are other useful details on there as well for those who may need more info. Or maybe you’ve got a friend or co-worker who might be interested: share our page with them! 

Of course, if you just want to arrange payment via email, snail mail, phone, ravens or whatever, feel free to contact us at redplanetvegetables@gmail.com or call 401-273-0914

Sign up today for Red Planet’s Winter CSA

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Hey everybody, with autumn blowing in, we want to invite you to grab a share of our cold weather harvest. We’ve added a couple pick-up dates, so our winter CSA starts a little earlier this year and will run a little longer on both ends of the calendar.

This year, we’ve got two share types available:

EARLY WINTER SHARE (7 weeks):       $175
In mid-November through early January, our wintertime CSA offers up piles of fresh spinach, arugula, kale, mustards, collards, bok choi, lettuce,  radishes, scallions, fresh herbs, broccoli, plus our Fall-harvested storage crops like carrots, turnips, potatoes, and winter squash.    
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FULL WINTER SHARE (14 weeks):        $320
After a much-needed mid-winter break, our CSA traditionally starts up again in early March to send you into Spring with seven more weeks of greens, herbs and roots. This share option offers a bit of a deal for those who want to sign up all at once for both an Early and Late Winter CSA share.   
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Here’s our Winter CSA Page with all the details.

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Winter growing is kind of a big project, but it’s pretty fun and the results are worth it. As we continue to expand and improve our cold weather harvest so we can offer more and better produce,  your membership really helps us make it all come together in the best way possible. Go join now!

We are still nailing down exact pickup days and times for the season, and working on a new and improved Providence pick-up location. As usual, watch this space for further details and updates.

 

In Defense of Meat

I’ve been talking about meat eating vs. veganism and how we make these choices with a lot of different people lately. I think this piece reflects my views in a lot of ways. Please join the conversation!

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This article isn’t meant to convert vegetarians or vegans into paleo fanatics, but merely to help people take off their blinders and take a little more responsibility for the food they eat. And for the record, I bought an avocado AND an artichoke today that were both grown in California so I am by no means eating a perfect diet. I would guestimate that about 75% of my calories are local, but I am human, aka not perfect, after all.

A few weeks ago I attended a two-day soil workshop hosted by a pretty brilliant farmer down the road from me. In those two days I was transported back in time to Chemistry class, not my favorite. But this time, I was spellbound. Soil! What a complex and miraculous substance! We talked about physical structure, cation exchange, nutrient cycle, and plant health. As we were talking about nutrients and how to get them…

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Red Planet Main Season CSA: Sign-up Time.

There are still memberships available, so we hope you will help us get our work done joining the Main Season CSA today! We are plunging into the main planting season for all those delicious crops that will show up in your CSA shares this Summer and Fall. Now is when we start the long Spring project of fixing stuff, preparing beds, applying soil amendments, seeding and transplanting, all of which will set the stage for a great harvest all year long.

To do this complicated annual project the right way and offer the best possible produce each season, timing is critical. As you all know, we grow 40+ different kinds of vegetables; each one requires a different planting schedule and unique care and feeding. The farm relies on the awesome support of our CSA members to pay for all the labor and materials we need to help our farm thrive, so your membership payment in the Spring really does mean the difference between good harvest and a great one in the Summer and Fall.

Please pitch in and help the farm out this week by joining the main season CSA, so we can continue to cover our costs and get our work done well and in time for the upcoming season. Paying now really does make for more bountiful and higher quality produce, because we farmers have the resources we need to do our work properly. Here’s the sign-up page where you can download a mail-in form OR join via Paypal: https://redplanetvegetables.com/csa-2017/

And if anyone’s interested, here’s a random sampling from our Spring shopping list, a few of the many ingredients that go into the business of farming at Red Planet:

  • 225 lbs of seed potatoes
  • 3 tons of Texas peanut meal (natural source of nitrogen and potassium for our soil)
  • New seals and packing for the tractor’s hydraulic system
  • 3-400 lbs of propane to supplement our woodstove in the greenhouse
  • 25 lbs of beans and peas
  • 3000 feet of drip tape (maybe we can beat the drought this year…)
  • 40 yards of gravel to improve our muddy parking areas
  • 300 Asparagus roots
  • 2 tons of potting mix
  • New mower blades

 

Matt’s Wood Duck Box

Did you ever watch the PBS Duckumentary? We were totally charmed by these guys:

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So when Matt found out he could build a wood duck box and we had a spot they might really like he got right on it.

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This is down by the irrigation pond, a really nice walk any time of year.  At the same time that we are working to build healthy soil and grow beautiful vegetables at the new farm, we also are working to make this amazing spot right outside of Providence into a fun place to explore nature. Get in touch if you’d like to find out more about what we’re doing.

Red Planet Farm Going Solar

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The first phase of our project is wrapping up, and at the day’s end Venus was lit up as bright as the crescent moon.

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That morning trenches were dug for the frost-free water line (HOORAY!) and the electric cables.

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Holes were dug and what Matt calls “coozies” were placed for the poles that will hold the solar array.

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Once the poles were secure, they had to stop and wait for the work to be inspected. I can’t wait to see what it will look like with the panels up there.

There’s so much to look forward to here at the farm, and we are incredibly lucky to be working with landowners as committed as we are to building community, creating partnerships and decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels. As our farm has grown over the years I sometimes felt that we were losing our focus on these aspects of our work. Since we moved to this location, it feels like our commitment is renewed.

We had some friends visit who hadn’t seen the farm yet, and they were so amazed that this farm was able to stay as intact as it is, and its surrounding woods, right on the edge of Providence. It re-inspires me to think about that. I hope this year to have more folks visiting us, coming up on the Woonasquatucket Bike Path, whenever possible. And more field trips, and work days, and parties. The farm is already special. Now I hope to make it beautiful.

But oh boy it’s a muddy mess today.