BUSIER THAN THE BEES

Rotary Square Farmer’s Market Begins this Saturday, 4/25

The bees are working their magic around the farm, buzzing in and out of the hives kept at the farm by local beekeepers, but they’ll have to get up pretty early in the morning to be able to keep up with me! This rainy weather we’ve been having as of late has set me back a little bit, but I’m hoping this week I’ll be able to get all caught up. All my tomato and pepper plants are in the field now, so you’ll be seeing German Johnson, Red Pear and Sweetie tomatoes, and California Wonder Bell and Ring-O-Fire Cayenne peppers in no time! Still left to go in the field are my Success yellow squash, Midnight Lightning zucchini and Marketmore 76 cucumbers, and let me tell you, they are as eager to get out there as I am!

The rain has caused me to lose some of my Red Sails lettuce to a fungus calledsclerotinia sclerotiorum, which basically causes the lettuce to just poof and die. This particular fungus thrives in moist, humid conditions, which has been the case with all the rain we’ve been getting. I have some more of the Red Sails lettuce going strong, though, as well as Winter Density romaine lettuce, so count me down but not out! The De Ciccio broccoli has come back strong after being burnt by that freak freeze we had a few weeks ago, and I cannot wait to munch down on some of that fresh broccoli. The Lacinto kale is going strong, the Red Cored Chantenay carrots and Early Wonder beets are poppin, the Talon onions are looking great, and the Rainbow chard is coming along, too!

The Piedmont Farmer’s Market Rotary Square market has their soft opening this Saturday, 4/25, and yours truly will be there with a smile on my face and a twinkle in my eye ready to serve you some fresh, wholesome produce! Expect to see kale, shiitake mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and more! The market opens at 8am and goes until noon, and is located at 120 Union St. S in downtown Concord, right next to the courthouse. My co-farmer-in-training, Cody, will be running the market Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm. The grand opening will be the following Saturday, May 2 with a ribbon cutting and all sorts of activities for you and the family, so be sure to mark it on your calendar and come on out for the fun! Check out their website http://www.rotarysquare.com/. Hope to see you there!

This Sunday, 4/26, there will be a volunteer work day at the farm! Do you know the benefits of getting out and working with the soil? Studies have shown that getting outside and gardening helps alleviate stress, improves brain function, boosts self-esteem, lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke, strengthens your immune system, and makes you all around happier! So pull on those boots and grab those gloves and come on out for some dirt therapy! E-mail me for more information and directions.

Coming soon, Street Fare Farm t-shirts… stay tuned!

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
-Dr. Seuss

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