We grow vegetables in the open. In the coming year, we will add two high tunnels, which are plastic covered structures that help us grow vegetables earlier in the spring and later in the fall than we other wise could in the Kansas climate.
Our vegetable production is diverse and much of the decision about what to grow is based on flavor. We seek organic seed for starting our vegetables, which means that we avoid vegetable seed that has been modified through selection but not through chemical genetic manipulation.
Many consumers are accustomed to going to the grocery store and seeing the same foods in the produce section year-round. This does not reflect the seasons of a farm, which are dependent on changing temperature, sunlight, water and nutrients. In the early spring, you grow leafy greens, spinach, lettuces, radishes, peas and fava beans.
As the weather warms from May into June, green beans, green onions, broccoli and cabbage can be planted and harvested. High summer from July through September brings a bounty of cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, beets, basil, turnips, beans and the star of the show, heirloom tomatoes. As the weather turns cooler, the farm switches back to lettuces and greens, more broccoli and cabbage, root vegetables and squash.
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