SLOANE FARM has 1/2 acre under production. See what's growing below!
What's growing now:
One of my favorite farm "jobs' is selecting seeds and plants for the growing season. That job is completed and I will focus on Seascape and Evie II strawberries; purple and green snap, snow and English peas; several new varieties of salad greens; as well as other health-providing crops. This is the first year I will grow dried beans, starting with soy and cannellini beans.
In addition to orange carrots, I am returning to Purple Haze to provide the most consistently crisp and sweet purple carrot. I'll provide additional color with Dragon's Tongue beans(purple-streaked yellow beans), Red Ace beets, and red, purple and pink radishes. By the way, did you know that radish is a cruciferous vegetable, along with broccoli and cauliflower?
Another favorite farm job is delivering strawberries to Kimberly Thorn for her amazing chocolate creations at Thorncrest Farm and Milk House Chocolates. A visit to her shop in Goshen CT is always a treat!
A bucolic day on the farm
This peaceful photo of the farm might suggest that it is always a place of calm winds and sunshine. But for any of you that are familiar with New England weather, you will know that each day can bring a new microclimate! After growing up in New England, I moved to Silicon Valley for work and to raise my family; returning to New England weather has been an experience in extremes.
Many days are beautiful; some days are harsh; all are New England.
My favorite crops
My favorite crops are still strawberries and salad greens.
This year I'm planting 500 new strawberry plants. I expect all plants to be happily installed in the ground by April 14.
For salad greens, I will grow several tried and true baby lettuce mixes which offer color, texture, and great taste to any prepared salads. I'm happy to again be growing Forellenschluss, a Slow Food Movement crop. I finally will not be growing kale and will instead focus on arugula and having it available throughout the growing season, even the hot summer months. For cooked greens, I will offer spinach, bok choi and chard and provide some easy and yummy recipes for my CSA.