The Midtown Raleigh Farmers Market at North Hills is back in full swing again this Saturday! We'll all be there, from 8am to 12 noon. Our spring crops are a bit behind in production this year, as we had 7 inches of rain in February and couldn't get into the fields to plant until March (even then it was a fairly mucky affair). The variety will change and increase very soon. We still have plenty of overwintered kale and chard, and a mountain of winter carrots and beets that all need to go this week. As in now. Apparently I got a little root-happy when doing my winter planting last September, and the last of our winter roots are currently sitting in the very same spot I need to set out the first cucumbers, squash, and beans of the summer. A little help, please, so I can get those in the ground in a timely manner!
Just a bit of asparagus is starting to come up in fits and starts. We are limiting asparagus orders to one pound per customer this week, and we will give preference to our CSA customers. A bit more should be available as the weather settles and stops flip-flopping back and forth between 20's and 80's.
Sunday morning we saw what looks like the last freeze of the season - hooray! It's a little later than we usually see on our farm, so we'll be scurrying this week to get both the final successions of cool-season crops in the ground, while also starting to plug the tomatoes and other summer crops in their places.
Yes, it's time to plant! We have a slew of garden plants available starting this week. 17 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes, 3 different varieties of cucumbers, 4 varieties of summer squash, 12 varieties of sweet and hot peppers, and even 3 different kinds of eggplants. These are all organically grown, and I bet you won't find that kind of variety in any garden center! Bring a box, load up on plants this weekend at the market, and spend a happy sunny Saturday afternoon in your garden! We also have plenty of varieties that will grow well in containers; look for the asterisk * on the list for plants well suited for smaller spaces. If you're up for a drive, you are welcome to head on out to the farm and pick your own plants from the greenhouse (*please let us know if you're coming, so I can ensure someone will be here to meet you*). Thanks as always for your business, and have a great week!