What’s been going on!
Forty days and nights, at least it feels that way but not quite Ark worthy. We can’t really complain too much as many of our farmers friends have had it much worse than us over the last week with really high rainfall amounts and very damaging hail and winds but we will be happy to see it all end for a while.
We have had over three inches of rain this last week and a very short period of small hail that you all may notice on some of the lettuce leaves. You will also notice an extraordinary amount of soil on the lettuce from the intense down pours, we have rinsed as best we can but will leave it to you for the full cleaning once you pull the heads apart.
Late newsletter as the only decent day this week was Wednesday which we used to cover the last of the Big Tops over the flowers. Already a week later than we wanted but there was just not a day suitable to get it done. Some of Betsy’s flower crops took some hits from the storms that would have been protected under the Big Tops but most of them will come out just fine.
Big weekend with Mother’s Day and all of the university graduations going on. The good news is despite the weather we still have a lot of beautiful produce and flowers for the celebrations and for all of our restaurants to make flavorful spring dishes. Even better tomorrow looks to be a really beautiful day!
Picture of the Week
With rain gear on, Tricia harvesting Broccoli Raab in a wet field
What’s going to be at the market?
Lettuces with Little Gem (red and green), Red Leaf, Romaine and Hearts of Romaine. Salad mix. Really nice Escarole. Beautiful Lacinato/Dinosaur/Cavalo Nero Kale. Really fabulous Broccoli Raab. Spinach is back, just a bit though! Yukina Savoy greens and colorful Asian Braising/Stir Fry mix to round out the greens.
More Radishes too. Cilantro, Dill and Italian Parsley. Mint for the Kentucky Derby. Green Onions. The mysterious Celtuce. First Cucumbers of the season!
It is all about Bouquets for tomorrow but there will also be Bachelors Buttons, Sweet William, Poppies, Dutch Iris as well. Need more sun to get things to bloom.
As a reminder if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you. Just so you know, sometimes not everything listed will be at the Wednesday market.
Hope to see you all at the market!
Alex, Betsy and Jennie
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I enjoy your posts every week and pictures. It is amazing how close I am to some of your schedules, and with my own high tunnel in the near future, will be even closer.
If not too much trouble what are the small sprinklers in the picture this week. They look like stakes with tubing and a drip line as a main. I assume you use it for misting the immediate bed. I cannot afford to water my entire garden with county water but this looks like it might be just the ticket.
Philip Busman Cherith Farms Milton, Georgia
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Hi Philip, glad that you find our posts helpful. We use micro sprinklers on our spring greens as I think it does a better job in getting them germinated and in cooling than drip lines do. We put one line every 3 beds and the throw is roughly 20 foot diameter which gives good overlap. They do bring up all the weeds too! There are several kinds of these sprinklers, ours are old and no longer available but are similar to these from Berryhill