November is the beginning of the dark months, light fading early and a slight mood of ‘we should all be indoors’ descends on the farm. Unfortunately that is not to be the case as the harvesting continues. During November we are harvesting carrots, parsnips and swedes from the root family. There are also several other great fresh vegetables just becoming available.
The first, and one of the best is the leek which graces many a great soup to warm you up on those cold dark days. We have planted several varieties and have leeks fresh from September right though until March, but their best season is November to January. Now we are starting on the winter hardy varieties that look majestic in the field with there blue tails swaying in the breeze.
We have found over the years that people want fresh organic greens throughout the winter time, and there has been a large resurgence of enquiries about such greens. Chard, kale and winter spinach make up the bulk of what will grow and withstand the frost during the winter months. We grow all of these but the one that stands out for sheer seasonality and goodness is the winter spinach. Giant winter spinach as it is quite correctly named can withstand most frosts that we get here in the west of Ireland and its name describes it exactly. Its leaves can grow up to 30cm and more in length, although we generally harvest before it gets this big.
Green Earth Organics is based on a family run farm in Corrandulla, Co. Galway. We run a box scheme that delivers fresh organic produce all over the Galway area and we also have a stall at the Oranmore and Moycullen market.