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Hutten Family Farm Newsletter for Sunday Dec 18, 2016

     The rain and mild temperatures should melt enough snow to allow us to pick some kale tomorrow. We still have some parsnips and salsify out under the snow as well. They might get harvested this week or maybe in the spring weather depending. After the cold snap last week I can confidently say that we are into the winter season now. We are ready to pick micromix from the wood heated greenhouse. Other greens like arugula, spinach, mache, and mustard greens are either close to ready or starting now. Winter staples will be more common in the boxes for the next couple months.
     Overall I would say that the 2016 season was challenging. The summer was very dry and hot and we spent considerable energy watering crops. Some heat loving crops had fantastic yields but on average the summer crops were less productive than average. The fall crops were generally very good. I think that we had the best apple crop in many years as well. Apples respond very well to hot and dry weather for me but all of my trees are planted on very heavy clay soil so water is less of an issue with older established trees on clay soils.
     We plan on delivering CSA boxes this coming Wednesday, December 21. We do not plan a delivery on December 28. I expect you will have sufficient leftovers to eat that week. Boxes will resume as usual on Jan 4, 2017. If the weather cooperates we will pick the salad mache for the coming week. Mache is also known as lambs lettuce or corn salad. For those of you who are not familiar with mache it is a cold tolerant green well known in Europe. We wash it, splash it with vinegar and salt, and eat it on its own. 
     A quick note for the Halifax members only. Pickup time at the grainery is from 2:30 until 6:30 on Wednesdays. If you cannot make these times please either call the grainery and tell the volunteers your situation or else put the box on hold for the week. Thanks for your cooperation in this.
     We hope that you all have a great Christmas holiday and enjoy some relaxing time with family and friends.

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