Despite what the weather has us believe, we are in the height of the winter growing season for Southern California. When considering winter vegetable production, we typically think of sowing the seeds, disease and pest management, and harvesting the vegetables. But what happens after the veggies are left in the harvest basket? What is the proper way to store all the various winter veggies to prolong that crisp, just-harvested taste and ensure that you are getting the most of your vegetables?
We're in the process of planting summer gardens, but we're still getting a few final winter harvests. This harvest in Pasadena has a nice variety of winter veggies, ranging from root crops and brassicas to peas and spinach.
At Farmscape we're proud to grow food in what an academic might call the “interstitial spaces” of the city. The nooks, and the crannies, the parkways, the vacant lots, the parks, and side yards between buildings, but most especially the residential landscapes. Places that more often tend to be under the dominion of turf grass, weeds, ivy, and trees.
What’s exciting about farming in the Space Between? We take land that agriculture has forsaken, surrendered to urban development. But we turn it into intensive urban gardens, and then we can harvest a quality of produce fresher than any distant farm field ever could. Meanwhile, we don't have to leave the city to do our work.