Saturday, June 11, 2011

It's starting to get exciting....

So...after a long and cold winter and even a LONGER and (it seemed like) COLDER spring it appears that crops are finally starting to turn the corner.
And boy, does that make this farmer happy!  I was talking recently to a young, beginning farmer who was lamenting on how all her early crops were bolting (going to seed) or simply not growing.  She said "I just started doing this so I keep thinking, what am I doing wrong?"  I assured her that for even those of us that have been doing it a lot longer have been singing the same sad story! 
Nonetheless...spring DOES come!  Even if it has taking it's own sweet time showing up this year.
This past week we started pulling up fresh garlic.  If there is anything that makes me happy, it's pulling garlic.  It's like Christmas with every single tug. Only better, cuz you can get dirty at the same time!

And then, we started harvesting some early Walla Walla scallions.  Mild sweet onions with gorgeous big and juicy sweet greens.  So nice on the grill.
And...we finally are coming into a nice (not bolting!) crop of Baby Pac Choi (it took 3 tries this year!).  And lovely new crop of arugula!  And garlic scapes, and kohlrabi by next week, and soon new potatoes, and broccoli, and, and, and....
Who needs mood-altering drugs when you've got all these exciting things happening?  Lengthening days and growing veggies - that's all I need.  I'm on my springtime high! 
So on that note, I hope we see you at the Bayview and Coupeville markets today.  To celebrate the spring and all it's bounty...
Coming Freshly Picked to the markets today:
From Willowood:
* Fresh garlic!  Very green garlic.  Still on it's stalks.  But so tender and sweet and juicy.  You can eat it raw like candy! (really!).
* Walla Walla scallions.  Big, lush greens and nice fat scallion bulbs.  Very sweet. 
* Baby Pac Choi.  So lovely to stir fry and braise.  Yum!
* Arugula.  Gorgeous new crop.
* Braising Greens
* Garlic Scapes
* Spinach
* Peregion dry beans
* Head Lettuce
From our friends at Prairie Bottom Farm:
* Green Garlic
* Spinach
* Lettuce Mix
* Baby Beets
* Dry Beans
And Emmer from Lauren at Ebey Road Farm!
See you at market...

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