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Cabbage thaw

January 2, 2010

Icy savoy cabbage

As soon as the thaw came, I wanted to check the progress on the cabbage.  The cabbage patch looks a little ragged these days – after our 9°F weather in early December.  However the Melissa cabbage I planted has been holding its own, despite the freezing and thawing cycle our weather has been fixed in.

Produce Department

Producing our food means being the produce manager too, always going through our stores and checking for spoilage or in the case of these Melissa cabbage heads, I need to trim the outer leaves that have been frost damaged.  It’s the same in the cabbage fields of the commercial growers – when we go to town we see the cabbage harvest continuing, with the heads being trimmed some at harvest before heading to the last processing prior to being sold to the grocery store where you see nicely “blanched” heads of cabbage for sale.

Chicken food for the souls that lay the eggs

The heads require more trimming this time of year, but still are yielding  4 – 5 pound heads for the house and great greens for the hens.  The cabbage is still very tasty and succulent.  Each winter is different, if we had insulating snow, these heads would not be as damaged.  But the experiment continues, always an ongoing quest to grow the hardiest food, with the least amount of input or coddling.

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  1. January 2, 2010 8:43 am

    Where did you get the Melissa Cabbage?

    • January 2, 2010 9:26 am

      Brad, Fedco carries it – but be forewarned it is an evil F1! But mighty prolific and tasty :)

  2. January 2, 2010 9:52 am

    They’d be froze solid here and I’d bring them in and thaw them, put them apart and cut skive the big vein down and make cabbage rolls. I use to steam the leaves off but freezing and thawing them is SO much easier on the fingers ;)

    • January 2, 2010 10:57 am

      Linda, I’ll bring the cabbage, you make the rolls! I love cabbage rolls, or the same ingredients layered like lasagna – now I’m hungry :)

  3. January 3, 2010 6:54 am

    I’ve learned a lesson here. I’ll leave the cabbage in unpicked next year until they get bigger. Didn’t know it was OK to leave them out. Although our smaller heads were really yummy. :)

    • January 3, 2010 7:51 am

      Dibear, some varieties do really well, and others not so much. And it also depends too on how cold your winter actually gets. But cabbage can really take some cold. I did have several varieties though that are in the row right next to Melissa that is totally ruined by the cold. I try to leave some, kraut some and then I know we always have a little cabbage to get us through the winter :)

  4. January 3, 2010 2:39 pm

    Just stopping in to say Happy New Year (late!) :)

  5. January 3, 2010 6:52 pm

    You have, over the past year, convinced me of Melissa’s cold hardiness and I am looking forward to trying her in my garden as well. It’s really too bad that I did not plant her this past season as this winter has been so very mild for us…so far, fingers crossed.

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