Spring is cruising right along on the farm, though it actually feels like midsummer, weather-wise.
We are starting to see more product come out of the field, with radishes and turnips last week and multiple lettuce varieties this week. Our kale is *this* close to being ready to harvest, and we will also soon have rainbow chard, sugar snap peas, spinach and new dandelion greens. April and May are the biggest months for seeding and transplanting, and so far this month we have transplanted field and greenhouse tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, cucumbers, summer squash, tomatillos, lettuce, chard, fennel, onions, basil and parsley! Next week we will transplant leeks, winter squash and pumpkin and corn. We have sown directly in the field dandelion greens, spinach, carrots and beets. In the greenhouse, we are already thinking about fall crops and starting to plant kale, brussels sprouts, romanesco and broccoli for the cooler months. This year, we are planning on planting 20 acres, including our perennial plants. So far we have 10 acres planted. Much of the remaining 10 acres will be planted in large plots for fall roots and brassicas, but we are planting successions of popular crops regularly throughout the season. One of our main goals for this year is to increase variety and quantity available during the winter months. This is mostly to give more of our crew year-round work. This year we have 5 returning employees and 2 interns on the farm. Every year we lose at least one good employee in the winter who was able to find reliable year round work; we are grateful that so many have returned this year, but it's always a struggle to find experienced, dependable employees who are willing to do the hard work of growing your food for you! Thank you for your support of our farm!