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WILSBOROR – Funding for the North New York Agricultural Development Program is one of the early development projects of the Welshboro Research Project on how to harvest early cabbage.

Cornell Cooperative Expansion East New York Horticulture Program Regional Vegetarian Specialist Elizabeth Hodgson:

“So you can use the whole cabbage head and a little cauliflower in one salad. It is a little easier for small families to handle.

The project includes green and purple cabbage varieties.

“We started harvesting cabbage in late May,” she said.

“Some varieties in particular are a little different from your regular cabbage. The leaves are softer and more like a salad, and they have a much lighter flavor. And you can actually use them as a salad substitute.”

In Eastern Europe, such small cabbage is used in salads instead of salads.

“We really had a good chance with cabbage,” she said.

“Over time, many farms around us are looking for ways to maximize the use of tunnels.” Every year more and more people are building huge caves in the area.

“Some people grow tomatoes, pumpkins, and peppers for summer crops. Some farms try to grow vegetables all year round, where they grow something like tomatoes and grow spinach in the fall.

“They rotate between winter greens and these summer crops. For some fields, we thought that cabbage, which was planted for spring, would only grow in the upper cave from late March to mid-June, early June. This is a short window. Winter spinach can grow.

“Pull it out of the ground in March. Replace these brassica crops in early June. Then they will have time to grow crops for the rest of the summer, such as pumpkins or beans or in the summer.”

The name of the plant family is Brassicaceae.

“The old name of this group was Crusher, Crusher Vegetable or Cold Crop,” she said.

“It refers to a crop group that includes broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, radish, collar greens, and mustard, all of which belong to the same family.”

Hodgson likes to study with this group because of its short growing season in northern New York.

“This particular crop group is very cold tolerant,” she said.

Tropical crops such as tomatoes and pumpkins grow well in spring and autumn when they cannot grow.

Hodgkin thinks local people can push the growing envelope in northern New York.

“To see how we can increase the yield of this crop,” she said.

“High caves really help us. A few different farms in our area, with the help of huge caves, have been successful in providing fresh vegetables to our community throughout the year.

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