Here’s a little taste of Spring to start your week off right. Just a sample of what’s happening on the farm right now, starting with….
Peas! With the warm weather we’ve had over the past several days you can practically watch the plants grow. The strength and perseverance of this tender little plants is evident in the second one from the bottom. See those chunks of earth it pushed through?
The next two photos were taken within five minutes of each other, showing the bloom period of two different peach varieties. The earliest peaches are bursting into flower, while the later varieties are still clusters of tight little buds. So far, it looks like we’ll have a good crop of stone fruit. Keep your fingers crossed that Mother Nature is kind for the rest of May!
How about a quilt of lettuce? That’s at least NINE different kinds, seeded in the greenhouse and headed to the field for planting soon. Our plan is to make variety bundles of three different kinds, something we’re putting together especially for our CSA members (but we’ll have it for our market customers too!). I can’t wait to have a nice big bowl of fresh picked salad!
Have you started your own seedlings indoors? What are you growing?
Check in tomorrow for a sample of some of our favorite Spring blooming perennials!
Dark Sweet Cherries showed up last Saturday.
Freeze them, dry them, blend them with lemonade, toss some onto a salad – if they make it home that is! When the Sweet Cherries show up, Sour Cherries can’t be far behind.
July is fast approaching!
We’ve had strawberries for several weeks but they won’t be here much longer. Now is the time to purchase by the flat for jam, juice, and freezing. Freezing is my favorite way to preserve strawberries for the winter. Last year I somehow ran out of time and only got around to making jam. Let me tell you, I missed them alll winter. And I learned my lesson – there are eight quarts in my freezer right now!
Our lettuce is grown right behind the market,
so we can take a short walk out back and pick more whenever we need to. We keep at least two heads of each type available (Green Leaf, Red Leaf, Ithaca, and Buttercrunch), and you know it’s fresh! I didn’t know what good lettuce was until we started growing it ourselves. It is so sweet and tender and beautiful!
Regular Peas are still going strong!
We’ll have them for a few more weeks, so take a few pounds home to enjoy a little pea-shelling meditation on the front porch.
Almost everything is early this year so we have to keep you informed! That warm weather early this Spring gave everything a little bit of a head start.
- Cherries: in the market since 6/20, we’ll have sweet cherries for several weeks yet. Sour cherries will be here before July, we hope. A little later and with a shorter season then sweet, you definitely want to catch some before they’re gone. We like to eat them fresh, make some into a cobbler and of course… cherry pie!
- Strawberries: I picked a few quarts this afternoon and there are plenty of big beautiful berries out there. If you’re not interested in picking your own, we have plenty in the market already picked.
- Lettuce: fresh Kirbygrown lettuce is so tender and crisp. (I have been tempted to eat an entire head for lunch on more then one occasion, dressed simply in a cider vinagrette). Red leaf, green leaf and buttercruch!
- Peas: Sweet and Edible Pod are here at the moment. Our second planting is just getting started.
- Coming soon: zucchini, summer squash, early peaches.
As always, call ahead if you’re coming for a specific item! You never know when we might sell out of something and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed. Feel free to place an order by phone or in person ahead of time and if it’s in the field we’ll have it ready to go at any time, on any day.