Produce from Windy Woods
Living in Northern Michigan used to mean ice, snow, and no fresh vegetables – but thanks to innovative thinking and some simple technology, we can bring in a harvest for most of the year. Hoophouses, simple, unheated structures built to let in light and retain heat, help us do this.
We first investigated hoophouses as a winter shelter for our livestock. When I realized that we'd have space outside of the livestock areas I (Kristen) started to think about putting it to good use. That led to the desire for a dedicated space for produce, and determining how to make our hoop house work all year long – even through the summer.
The result is that we plan to be able to offer some cold-hardy greens (like spinach), “baby” salad mixes, and sweet winter carrots in the winter. And summers? We plan to bring tomatoes, radishes, broccoli, squash, zucchini, and more – I personally hope for a little okra to delight my soul food southern roots 😉
We plan to start small as we study what works here on our land as as we (and our livestock) work to rebuild soils. The hope is for a year-round, sustainable array of vegetables to nourish home and family.