Kyle's Farm Update: Learning to extend the growing season

As winter gives way to spring, we find ourselves longing for the fresh taste of our earliest crops. We look forward to such simple yet satisfying delights, such as the crunch of a fresh sugar snap pea or the aromatic smell of garlic scapes.

A fresh garden salad with home grown ingredients is something so wholesome and delicious its a shame it’s not available year-round in New England. But could it be?!

John and I took advantage of the last week of winter by going to school to broaden our knowledge on Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). The University of Arizona held their annual Short Course on CEA, which is designed to give growers the basic concepts, tools, and insight into the world of controlled agriculture. We were amazed by the amount of new information presented, and we are excited to bring some of it back here to Moulton Farm!

The purpose of controlling the “environment” would be to dictate the growing conditions, timeline, and outcome of any crop. For example, tomatoes will only grow during the summer months in New England because of the cool weather and the lack of sunlight in winter.

With the technology of efficient light-emitting diodes, however, you could mimic the power of the sun and deliver enough artificial light to grow a fresh garden tomato year round. The same could apply to lettuce and other produce. It makes you wonder, how delusional is the thought of enjoying the crunch of a freshly picked, locally grown vegetable in mid-February?

As always, we are already doing our best to extend our growing season as far into the winter months as we can.Utilizing our existing greenhouses, we are already producing greens and tomatoes earlier and far later in the year. Fresh spinach and Moulton’s Salad Mix are being harvested from our tunnels as well as some other early season favorites such as parsnips and carrots.

Check our "Now Harvesting" page for updates and bear with us as we push the limits on year-round growing!

Farm kitchen meals Want something delicious to eat without all the work?  In our farm market, you'll find a wide range of soups, entrees, salads, side dishes, meat pies, and baked goods from our farm kitchen and farm bakery.  Pick some up today!
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