The picture below is what happens when the greenhouse gets too full! Basically, we’ve been seeding like crazy people in our dining room! We just finished seeding our now third succession of salad mix — a good forty trays in all! We’re experimenting with new lettuces and chicories as well as adding other ingredients this year like cress, sorrel, miner’s lettuce, chervil and italian dandelion. We’re hoping to find a nice unique mix that we can call our own and will differentiate us from all the other mixes out there on the market. We’ll probably have it down by the end of the season.
The weather has been wet lately and we’ve been waiting to transplant fifty or so trays into the garden. Today, it dried out enough to allow Josh to till 20 beds so we could get ready to transplant and direct seed. What’s going out this week: salad greens, head lettuce, endives, mustards, bokchoy, napa cabbage, gailon, broccoli, kale, collards, cauliflower, and italian dandelion. And seeding more carrots, beets, and radishes. I’m probably missing something. What’s already planted: turnips, radishes, beets, spinach, peas, arugula. We have some things that have overwintered that are going to be for sale here soon: kale, beautiful cabbage (!), bunching onions, leeks, and carrots.
We are weeks away from our first farmers’ market and I keep having anxiety dreams about it. The most recent was that I was selling french fries and avocados in styrofoam! Nonetheless, we’ve been working on our display. We found some great baskets to use, but now we are laboring over tableclothes. We like two colors of burlap we found at the fabric store, but we want to make sure it is attractive enough. We’re also looking for a chalkboard and chalk so we can list out vegetables and prices in the stand. Still have to make small laminated signs that clip onto the baskets as well as get a banner made. We’re waiting until we find out about our organic status before we order the banner because we want to say “certified organic” under our farm name. All in all, we are looking forward to the market, but life is starting to change around here quickly.
We are up to four CSA members and hoping for 15-20 total before May 15th. There are a few promotional events coming up soon that may help. We are also going to get in gear next week flyering around the region. I’m hoping people are just waiting to sign up late.
Everett is officially crawling too, which is interesting to say the least. And it looks like a molar is coming in (I think?), which means lots of fun is on the way. He’s also waving and clapping his hands and eating like a maniac now. I think it must have to do with the crawling. He’s using more energy so needs more than mama’s breastmilk. It is fun though because I just give him whatever we are eating. He add split pea soup last night for the first time and loved it.
Okay, here’s a fun picture of our field taken from our deck. That field is going to turn into three more acres here in a few weeks. We’ve maxed out our space already and it is only March! -M