Each fall, the farmers market offerings and CSA shares from Skinny Dip Farm include cabbages, leeks, winter squashes, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and a variety of root crops including potatoes ( fingerling and good storing varieties like German Butterball and Sangre), garlic, shallots, onions (six varieties), carrots and beets. Hannah and Ben Wolbach also grow less common storage crops like celeriac, fennel, parsnips, radishes, kohlrabi, Napa cabbage, turnips and popcorn.
In their workshop, the Wolbachs described their soil fertility management practices. Farm soils receive mineral supplements as recommended by soil tests. Hannah and Ben plant cover crops after harvest for winter cover and between crops to improve soil fertility and organic matter. Fields that will be planted in summer for fall harvest will have spring planted cover crop blends of either oats or barley with peas, clover and vetch. Oats and peas will cover fields destined for early spring plantings because oats are generally winterkilled in Westport, MA, making spring bed preparation easy.
Crop rotation helps to minimize pest and disease pressure. For example, all the brassica family crops grow together in a block. Next year the brassicas will be planted across the farm. [Learn more here.]