[Market-farming] Making plans for this fall and early winter

Lynn Wigglesworth lynnw1366 at hotmail.com
Fri Jun 19 10:28:34 EDT 2009

Jay; where do you sell in the late fall? All the farm stands and farmers' markets here close down by the end of October. I have a large greenhouse and can often keep tomatoes going until Thanksgiving, and greens most of the winter, but have nowhere to sell them. I've found that you have to have greens already growing when the shorter days come; they don't grow much more, but 'hold' well until harvested.

Lynn Wigglesworth
Tioga Co. PA (zone 4/5)
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: jay sleichter 
  To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org 
  Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 1:00 AM
  Subject: [Market-farming] Making plans for this fall and early winter

        Summer officially starts this weekend and I am talking about the fall and winter.  I want to maximize my inside growing area this year.  I have two 18 by 45 high tunnels.  I am wanting to try to grow stuff inside them until at least Thanksgiving, maybe later.  It all depends on the weather!  I also want to grow more greens for this fall mainly September and October.    When I say greens, basically lettuce and spinach.  Many people like the baby spinach I had earlier this year.  I would also like to keep that growing and harvesting for as long as I can.  I also would like to try Swiss Chard, Beets, Carrots, and Radishes.  

        When should I start these fall crops?  With the greens should I try to use transplants early on when it is hot, then switch to direct seeding?  Am I crazy to attempt this?  

        In the perfect world, I would have a movable high tunnel and then just place it over the crops I have growing outside.  However, that is not going to happen!

        What are your fall growing schedules like?  I live in North Central Kansas in zone 5.

        Thanks for any and all help!



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