Growing Vegetables in the Winter

Growing Vegetables in the Winter

Growing vegetables during the winter months is an entirely different experience than growing during the summer. After a full summer season comes to an end, we are ready to head into the greenhouses to prepare our winter crops. The elements change from hot, muggy days to chilly and eventually cold mornings and evenings with limited hours of sun and sometimes very grey and cloudy days. And then there is also the snow to contend with! But part of what makes farming so exciting to us, is the challenge of growing throughout every season, especially in the northeast United States.

What We Grow in the Winter

We currently have 10 heated greenhouses at our farm. Our winter crop list is very green and leafy as those types of plants thrive during the cooler months. The winter crop list includes:

  • Kales (all types)
  • Tuscan Kale (Lacinato Kale)
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Curly Kale
  • Black Spinach (organic whole spinach by the bunch)
  • Swiss chard
  • Baby Bok Choy
  • Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli)
  • Malabar Green Spinach
  • Italian Arugula
  • French Arugula
  • Italian Broccoli Rabe
  • Red Mizuna
  • Green Mizuna
  • Red Mustard
  • Green Mustard
  • Red Beets
  • Golden Beets
  • Candy Cane Beets
  • Carrots
  • Daikon Radish
  • Watermelon Radish
  • Marble Mix Potatoes
  • Russian Fingerling Potatoes
  • Spicy Mix (mix of red mustard, green mustard, red mizuna and green mizuna leaves)
  • Baby Lettuce (mix of baby romaine, baby head lettuces, and baby leaf lettuces)
  • Baby Spinach
  • French Sorrell
  • Baby Arugula
  • Mesclun – A mix of all of our tender salad greens

To some people, this list does not contain the typical items they shop for. However, we always want to emphasize the importance of green leafy vegetables and root vegetables. And, most importantly, we want to emphasize the importance of eating seasonally – eating what grows and thrives during that particular season. When we go to the grocery store and buy tomatoes in February, many of them are grown outside the United States and may lack taste. Fruits and vegetables being harvested in other countries are many days (sometimes weeks) old and are sprayed to retain the fresh look – even the organic vegeables! As much as possible, you should try to adjust your food intake to seasonal vegetables from local sources.

You can get access to our winter vegetables through some winter farmers markets we attend. In addition, you are guaranteed 20 weeks of delicious winter veggies if you register for our winter CSA!

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