Guide to Winter Growing

Winter Growing in the North!

If you have a hoop house, low-tunnel or cold frame, it’s more than possible to grow fresh veggies in your garden, even during the cold, snowy months of late winter/early spring. Once February arrives, the days are long enough to plant seeds again - yes, even in the North zones 5&6. Plants are that amazing!

  • What to plant: Cold hardy veggies (see below for our recommendations)
  • When to plant: Starting mid-February
  • How to plant: Direct sow seeds (the soil temp needs to be above 40 degrees)

Top Crops to Grow

Here are our favorite varieties to plant in our early Spring hoop house here on the farm.

Arugula growing in garden

Pictured: Arugula (Click for seeds)


Baby arugula greens are mild and tender with a touch of spice, adding a bit of delicate zip to salads. Mature arugula leaves have a peppery flavor that can be mellowed out with cooking. They benefit from a good sauté, braise, stir-fry, or steaming. Try it in soups or in any dish calling for cooked greens. Arugula also makes a delicious pesto.



Beautiful bunch of Grand Rapids Lettuce

Pictured: Grand Rapids Lettuce (Click for seeds)

Lettuce (Grand Rapids, Jazzy Leaf)

Grand Rapids and Jazzy Leaf lettuce are two cold hardy varieties that we have planted again and again in our hoop house to keep it green even during the cold months. Make sure you choose a cold hardy lettuce variety if you're looking to plant in your hoop house in early spring.


Gorgeous bunch of Cherry Belle Radishes

Pictured: Cherry Belle Radish (Click for seeds)

Spring Radishes (French Breakfast & Cherry Belle)

Radishes grow super fast - ready in as little as 25 days! Seeing these pearly pink roots pop out of the ground is the perfect cure for late winter blues. Be sure to choose spring radish varieties like Cherry Belle or French Breakfast.



Bok Choi sitting on table

Pictured: Luck Dragon Baby Bok Choy (Click for seeds)

Bok Choy

When small, Bok Choy is edible and delicious raw. Mature plants are perfect for stir fries - braise them while maintaining a nice crunch. Bok Choy can be preserved by fermentation or blanching and freezing. The variety we offer, Luck Dragon, is “baby” bok choy.



Mizuna patchin the garden

Pictured: Mizuna Mustard Greens (Click for seeds)


Super fast-growing and cold hardy Mizuna is one of our all-time favorite winter greens. Frilly leaves add interesting texture and loft to lettuce salads. The small, young leaves have a delicate spice. Larger mature Mizuna packs a spicy punch but can be cooked like mustard greens. Mizuna’s flavor is best in cold weather.



Osaka Hardy mustard greens growing in the garden

Pictured: Osaka Hardy Mustard Green (Click for Seeds)

Mustard Greens (Osaka Hardy, Ruby Streaks)

Mustard greens, like Osaka Hardy and Ruby Streaks, are a great addition to an early spring hoop house. They’ll add a great kick to your winter salads and are quick to mature, with baby greens ready to much around 20 days and mature leaves ready around 40 days. The flavor is best in cold weather.


Russian Hunger Gap Kale patch in our Fall garden

Pictured: Russian Hunger Gap Kale (Click for seeds)

Russian Hunger Gap Kale

This is an all-time farm favorite! An extremely tender kale, Russian Hunger Gap is sweet and tender for baby green salad greens. Once the leaves are big and mature, they remain tender and delectable. One of the fastest-growing kales, the Russian Hunger Gap is perfect for winter growing.

Happy Growing!