Well winter is upon us at Angell’s Farmstead & Apiary, at least until Saturday when the highs will be in the 70s/lows in the 50s. After two weeks of fall weather – sigh – we had about nine to ten hours of below freezing temperatures last night. To be honest, it usually doesn’t freeze here until December but mother-nature thought our heirloom tomatoes were looking too awesome, so she decided to rein us in a little. With the “deep freeze”, the temperatures in the high-tunnel got down to 30-degrees which means our cold sensitive crops were hit. Tomatoes, eggplants, squash and those crispy wonderful cucumbers are, for the most part, done. However, all is not lost since we have picked buckets and buckets of green tomatoes knowing it was going to freeze. In order to ripen these gems, we will wrap them in newspaper, place them in a few boxes and throw some apples on top. Why the apples? Well the apples create natural organic ethylene which triggers the ripening process. We have put too much time and effort into growing this food to let “ma-nature” take it without a fight #UnitedStatesMarineCorps.
With that said, our CSA season is – for the most part – over. We might have a box or two left in us though. Of course these boxes will be heavy on the greens such as kale, lettuce, cabbage, maybe carrots and some box ripened tomatoes. When and if we have another CSA box we will let y’all know. This Saturday, we will be at The Woodlands Farmers Market TWFM selling what we can so as not to waste what we have grown. If you can, please come and say hello. If you’re curious, ask about our Spring 2019 CSA membership.