Not Bolting into Winter

Broccoli, cabbage and kohlrabi (all in the Brassica family) are starting to take shape and be ready for harvest.  These plants prefer the cooler winters in Central Florida.

Many of the winter crop seed varieties grown at the farm are known as being “heat tolerant” because our winter can even be too warm for them.  Heat tolerant varieties can stand up to higher temperatures without “bolting”

or “running to seed.”  This is when the plant begins to form its flower shoots and seeds suddenly after a warm spell.  The warm weather signals to the plant that it is time to reproduce and end its lifecycle.

It has been quieter at the farm this week without the hum of students, off on winter break, visiting the farm. By hum I mean the wild calling of questions, gleefully shouting about tasting oxalis, digging in the worm bins and ravings of something called a minon.

Meanwhile the farmers are still at it in the fields beginning the transition to cool weather crops and steadily planting away.  Volunteers are most welcome during the break if you are interested in getting outside and have some time on your hands to help. Please note that the farm is closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. CSA pick up holiday schedules can be viewed by clicking here.

We will also be open for the Sweetwater Sunday Market on December 20th and December 27th as normal.

Wishing everyone a joyful and healthy holiday season!

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