Counter Cyclic Seasonality
Our farm focuses on producing crops out of sync with everyone else. To help with that, we extend the season using unheated greenhouses; 7 of them at the last count. We use them to grow salad greens in the winter, hot season crops in the summer, and microgreens year round. Our chicken manure makes sure the soil is rich and alive and our rotation of crops helps reduce pests and disease.
Organic Heirloom Tomatoes
One of our specialities is delicious and huge heirloom tomatoes. John and the crew start them from seed in February, transplant them into unheated greenhouses in April, and we enjoy their sweetness from June to October. We grow varieties that we know do well in our system and have been breeding our own varieties for several years. Every year, John saves the seed from the best tomatoes on the strongest vines to use the next year. In this way, our tomatoes improve year after year in vigor and taste.
Organic Mixed Salad
We pride ourselves on producing the freshest, most varied salad around. In the winter, our salad has 8-10 various greens including mustards, kale, spinach, lettuce, chard, and sometimes arugula. In the summer, the mix changes to several varieties of lettuce, shiso, spreen, beet greens, chard, and various herbs. Both times of year we include edible flowers to delight all the senses.
Every year we are accused of polishing our eggplant. It just naturally glows when it is fresh and ready to be eaten. We grow large Italian round eggplants perfect for Eggplant Parmesan, Baba Ganouj, and grilling.
In the same greenhouse, we always grow a great deal of Lemon Basil and Genovese Basil since everyone loves it hot and humid. Most of our basil goes into the delicious farmstead pestos we make ourselves in small batches.