The Oak Tree Veg Survey 2013

Spring cabbage

How much spring cabbage would you like spring 2014, compared to spring 2012? Typically there were one or two per box during the hungry gap – if you don’t know what I mean please take a look at the “veg share” pages on the farm website: These are also known as collards or spring greens – Remember that spring cabbage appears in the hungry gap (April/May), so there may not be much else available then! So I strongly recommend “the same” or “more”

Brussels sprouts

How many Brussels sprouts would you like comapred to last winter, ie the first year of the CSA shown on the veg share pages on the farm website? This winter we didn’t have any as we ran out of volunteer help to prepare the ground and plant out our seedlings.

 

Cauliflowers

We’ve hopefully got about three or four cauliflowers per share for this year to go in the boxes during May 2013, ie the hungry gap. Would you like more next year? They take up quite a bit of space, so we would have to reduce other brassicas…. and if we sow more they may all come at once, ie two (or more!) per share in a week.

Savoy cabbage

We’re coming to the end of our savoy cabbages this year – they haven’t been great due to the bad weather and slugs, but they are a useful winter staple. Are they something you like or dislike?

Sprouting broccoli

Our sprouting broccoli hasn’t really got going yet this year, but I am hopeful that it will get started in the next few weeks. Is it something you like, or not?

Onions

Onions. Ordinary cooking onions. My strong preference is just to grow a few overwintered ones to give us some variety in the hungry gap, but not to bother with maincrop onions. Why? They are grown on a field scale locally and are incredibly cheap, they are lots and lots of work to hoe for not much reward. But this is your CSA – if a majority of members are willing to do the hoeing and accept fewer other crops on this page, then we’ll do maincrop ones too

Garlic

Our garlic failed this year. My fault, sorry. I put it for storage in the building (it should store well, and usually does) and it rotted. Would you like some this year. I’ll put the whole lot in the boxes straight away!

Beetroot

Our later beetroot crop all but failed this year <sigh>. With a fair wind we should do better this year, but the question is, how much do you like them?

Spinach

We use spinach during the winter as a baby salad leaf, but here I am asking about summer true spinach.

Leeks

To my mind, leeks are a vital winter staple. They didn’t do too well this year mostly because they went in late, because there has been a big drop in the number of members coming to the farm in June both years the CSA has been running, which is when leeks should be planted out. They are healthy, just small. I suggest we really go for it this year, and really try to get them in early. What do you think about leeks?

Swiss chard

Swiss chard is indeed a beet – just dig one up and you’ll see! It has a long season, and can be plentiful. But the question is, do you like it?

Carrots

Carrots haven’t been fantastic this year, in particular the winter crop, which has now finished, was very disappointing. But the previous year it was good, and a real staple over the colder months. How do you feel about carrots?

Parsnips

I know that parsnips may seem a bit overwhelming at the moment, but it does show that during a bad year they are a reliable crop. Having said that, how do you feel about them?

Florence Fennel

We’ve grown the bulbing “Florence” fennel the past two years. Some people love them, some hate them. I’ve actually developed a taste for them this year! How about you?

Lettuce

We’ve grown a mix of  “pink” and little gem style lettuces this year. Personally I actually prefer the flavour of the little gem ones, and they are less suceptible to slugs. The the similar “winter gem” ones we grow in the polytunnel are a reliable winter crop (the first ones are going into today’s boxes in place of the greens that went in on Monday that are now under snow!) The question below is about quantity, feel free to email Joanne if you have any comments on varieties.

Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn starts slow, hits a period of plenty, then slows down again, even with the variety of cultivars we grow at The Oak Tree. Last year we hit a maximum of about 8 cobs per box. Does that sound good to you?

Broad beans

Broad beans are a useful crop early in the year. We’ve got some in the ground now, which I hope will fruit in May. We can grow them in sucession for a steady supply in late spring and early summer. Do you like them?

Runner beans

Runner beans come at a time of plenty, and they grow pretty enthusiastically. Do you like them?

French beans

French beans come later than broad beans, even when we sow them in the polytunnel. But they can be prolific in the summer months! What do you think of French beans.

The question got lost on this one, but I think it shows a slight preference for squash!

Potatoes

Potatoes: I’d like:

And here are the results to the follow-up survey where I asked emmbers to comment on emails that members sent to me in response to the first survey….

Kale

My conclusion: I’ve bought a couple of types of kale for us to try, both of which double up as a salad crop.

Scorzonera

My conclusion: If the seed I saved before is still ok we’ll grow about the same amount (the seed sold comes in small packets and is very expensive)

Sweet peppers

My conclusion: We’ll grow about the same as last year.

 

Celariac

My conclusion: We won’t grow celariac this year.

Melons

My conclusion: We’ll just grow a few and have them at a farm party!

Swede

My conclusion: We’ll grow a few.

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