BAYFIELD – A decade ago this question would never have been asked: “What’s growing in Bayfield County this month?”

Thanks to the invention of high tunnels and solar-heated greenhouses the answer this week is “lots.” There’s Bailey’s Greenhouse in Bayfield growing spinach, arugula, mache, and a variety of kales and lettuces; Elsewhere Farm in Herbster has fresh greens, root crops, squash, onions, garlic, cheese and eggs, which owner Claire Hintz has been selling for the last 13 weeks in her winter CSAs ((community sponsored agriculture); Hungry Hill Farm in Washburn is overwintering spinach and selling it to the Chequamegon Food Coop and local restaurants; and three public schools that now have high tunnels are tending to a variety of crops: Bayfield is cultivating Grey Dove Oyster mushrooms in one of Rick Erickson’s science classes; Drummond is overwintering spinach, which after months of dormancy is finally producing again; and Washburn, much to the students’ surprise, is still growing lettuce, which usually dies in winter but didn’t this year; plus they are overwintering spinach, radishes and turnips, tasting sweeter than ever.

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