LunchI was invited to a lunch at Oxbow Farm that had a delicious cucumber themed spread of food prepared by Homegrown, who also does catering in case you didn't know. My favorite part of the meal was the kimchi cucumbers. I've been wanting to learn how to make kimchi for quite a while now and these cucumbers reminded me that I need to get on that.
After lunch, Adam, the Farm Manager, gave us a quick tour of a few of their fields. Like any farm or garden, they have weeds and their biggest weed problems appeared to be amaranth and lambs quarter, both of which are actually edible. They however did not seem to be interested in harvesting any of their weeds. I admit I have some of these weeds in my yard too and don't eat them either but my chickens love amaranth. I should see if they will eat the lambs quarters too. On our trek through the fields, we passed some overgrown area that he said they let flower and go to seed to encourage the beneficial insects and pollinators because they love the flowers from brassicas and dill weed.
They had a lot of carrots growing in the first field we crossed but I think there were more weeds than carrots. The carrots didn't seem to mind the weeds though. We got to harvest a few while as we crossed the field. I always wait too long to harvest my carrots and they end up not being as good. I'm going to try growing some carrots this winter for the first time and hopefully not wait too long to harvest them. They can handle the colder weather if planted early enough. I just got them in the ground earlier today, hope I got them planted in time.