Fruits & Vegetables
Depending on the season, you might see the following crops growing in our fields or for sale on our market table: Apples, Arugula, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli Raab, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Carrots, Collards, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Green (or Purple, or Yellow) Bush Beans, Kale, Leeks, Lettuces, Malabar Spinach, Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Pears, Peppers (sweet and hot varieties), Pink-Eyed Peas, Radishes, Squash (summer and winter varieties), Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Sunchokes, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi, Tomatoes (slicing, roma, and cherry varieties), Turnips, Zucchini, or maybe something entirely new!
A little bit more about how and where all those delicious foods are grown...
The formal garden is where it all started at Little Bit Farm. This fenced in area is approximately one acre of gently sloping land adjacent to the barn. The initial garden included all raised beds. Untreated cedar and stone were used as the materials for the beds. A variety of fruit trees and berry bushes are scattered around the beds, and berry canes grow along trellises dividing each tier of growing space. A small koi pond sits in the garden center, providing welcome tranquility amidst the bustle of constant farm work. A small chicken coop sits midway down the slope, flanked by two attached runs (our hens have moved on to a pastured life with a mobile coop). No herbicides, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used in the garden, or anywhere else we grow food. Irrigation is provided via overhead spray and drip systems.
The garden was expanded in 2012 to allow for row-crop areas. Initially this expansion was designed to allow the use of a light weight compact utility tractor for cultivation, but we are now in the process of converting these rows in to permanent raised beds as well, to make more complete use of the fenced-in space.
In 2014, a new field area (where we do most of the growing nowadays) was put under cultivation; this time organized into ninety one 100' rows suitable for tractor work, fenced by 3-strand electric wire, and fully drip-irrigated. This space has allowed us to expand production while maintaining a thorough rotation of our extensive selection of vegetables, and also including season-long cover cropped rest periods. This facilitates regeneration of soil nutrients and helps control pests naturally, without any chemical or synthetic inputs.