And the veggies be jammin’!
It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful and exciting a feeling it is each and every year when you realize that the winter is abating and spring is moving in again! The days are longer, the winds warmer, and the sun just feels more rejuvenating. My favorite part of spring is the crisp, cool mornings that give way to mild, breezy afternoons and long, lazy evenings where the sun seems stuck in setting. I love it!
I’ll tell you who loves it more than I do, though, and that’s the plants! Everywhere you look, the trees are budding, the grass is greening, and that sweet, green smell of new and reemerging life tickles the nostrils. Things are rocking and rolling at the farm too! Sunday before last, I transplanted Red Sails Lettuce and De Cicco Broccoli into the field, as well as sowed seeds for Red Cored Chantenay Carrots, Cascadia Snap Peas, and Early Wonder Beets. Did you know that in Ireland, as well as in the northeast US, it’s tradition to sow your peas on St. Patrick’s Day? I jumped the gun, but don’t panic, we live in a warmer climate here in beautiful North Carolina, and my peas have already sprouted! Peas are one of the first crops to mature, so you’ll have the chance to get your hands on some of that in no time!
This weekend I’ll be planting some more broccoli, the Winter Density Romaine Lettuce that’s been growing in the greenhouse, and hopefully I’ll be starting some Success Squash, Midnight Lightning Zucchini, and Marketmore 76 Cucumbers in the greenhouse. My California Wonder Bell Peppers, Ring-O-Fire Cayenne Peppers, German Johnson Tomatoes, Red Pear Tomatoes, and Sweetie Tomatoes are growing tall and strong in the greenhouse, just counting down the days until they get out into the open air and sunshine!
The Rotary Square Farmer’s Market in downtown Concord starts April 25th, but if you feel like you need some delicious, local, certified organic produce right now, I have sweet potatoes with your name on them! Do you know how good for you sweet potatoes are? They are great sources of vitamins B6, C and D, iron, magnesium, potassium and carotenoids, and are extremely versatile! Bake ’em, roast ’em, fry ’em, mash ’em, steam ’em, or grill ’em, whatever floats your boat! Personally, I like mine baked with a healthy pad of butter and some salt and pepper, or grated and fried in bacon grease for some sweet tater hash browns. If this is making your mouth water, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call or text 703.964.6788 to place an order! I’m in Charlotte weekdays, Concord weeknights and weekends, and will find a way to accommodate any order! Sweet potatoes are $2/lb.
There will be opportunity for you to come volunteer your time to me in exchange for produce! Details on that coming soon…