A genuine man goes to the roots. To be a radical is no more than that: to go to the roots. - Jose Marti
Last year's final crop mob at Stick and Stone yielded several thousand pounds of carrots- this year we tackled beets and kohlrabi (a cabbage family vegetable grown for its sweet, juicy swollen stem). Harvesting beets requires popping the roots out of the ground and topping them - cutting off their leaves except for 1/4-1", depending on who you ask! Since these beets would be stored in a root cellar for many months, greens left on would rot and encourage decay, and also cause the beet root to wilt. Aiming for a little green left on ensures that the crown of the vegetable does not get nicked, which can introduce rot. At harvest time, kohlrabi's succulent stems are cut from the root and their foliage cut at the stem, leaving a tasty, if alienlike, vegetable that can be cooked or eaten raw.
Pulling and topping beets and putting in buckets...
Our harvest in one of the 2,000 lb capacity vats used for storage on the farm.
After harvest, we shared a roasted cauliflower soup, homemade granola bars and more for lunch and Chaw and Lucy graciously offered volunteers butternut squash and as many beets and kohlrabi as we could use. Such are the perks of harvest season crop mobs!
This is probably our last event of the year, so keep warm and eat your roots, and we'll see you in the spring!
Ithaca Crop Mob plans to have a fall planning session for crop mobbers to come together and share what they'd like to see in the Crop Mob next season. To get on our list and receive more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.