Lettuce is undoubtedly the most popular fresh produce item in our farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program. We aim to have it in the shares each week of our harvest year, so we created this eclectic mix with our CSA members in mind. Then one day, Wiley Connell (who operates Stoke Grove Farm just down the street from us) came looking for lettuce farm and Quin handed him off some of Mano Farm’s planting stock. His rave reviews have inspired us to offer this mixture to the public.
This mixture is composed of four lettuce varieties: two leaf types (Red Sails, Black Seeded Simpson) and two headed (Freckles Romaine and Parris Island Romaine). The beauty of this mix is its dynamism. While we primarily grow and harvest the plants for bagged lettuce, it’s possible to sow seeds a bit thicker, harvest the leaf varieties, and keep the romaine types for full sized heads. It’s a good all-season selection, due to the staggered growth rates of the specific varieties: the faster growing Black Seeded Simpson and Red Sails are perfect for early harvests in the summer (but grab them fast, because they bolt quicker in the heat), while the romaine’s get their time to mature for full head harvests. During cooler seasons, the leaf varieties are slower to bolt and can be harvested for full sized heads, while the romaines work excellently for baby leaf harvests.
40 days baby, 60 mature. Annual.