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Give Peas a Chance

June 3, 2011

Market Update

On Saturday, June 4th, from 9am-1pm, Serious Farms will be offering the following:

  • Serious Salad Mix (Leaf Lettuce, Arugula, Pea Shoots)
  • Tom Thumb Lettuce (A mini butterhead lettuce.)
  • Baby Nantes Carrots (Come early, because these sell out fast!)
  • Pea Shoots (Great fresh or stir-fried)
  • Avalanche Snow Peas
  • Baby Kale
  • Garlic Scapes (Here’s a recipe!)
  • Parsley
  • Potted Basil
  • Heirloom Tomato Seedlings

News from the Field

The sprawling snow peas are all tangled up and full of ripe peas. The snap peas offer their tender shoots. Never eaten a pea shoot? Visit our stand on Saturday to get your pea shoots and this week’s recipe- Stir-fried Pea Shoots!

We’ve almost got everything planted. This week, we finished planting 350 potato plants, along with sweet corn, watermelon, cantaloupe, summer squash and okra. We also transplanted eggplants, sweet potatoes, flowers and more peppers. We did have a sad loss. Part of our field has poor drainage with very heavy soil, so the heavy rains from a few weeks ago destroyed a bunch of our lettuce, broccoli and cabbage. Luckily, we planted all of those things in other fields as well. We’ve learned our lesson, and we’re replanting that field in raised beds to encourage drainage. We also encourage storage. A thick mulch of partially decomposed leaves helps to regulate moisture in the soil. The leaves also form a mat making it difficult for weeds to break through. This kind of mulching has another advantage. As the leaves break down, more organic matter is added to the soil.

This week a youth group from our church came to visit Serious Farms. They learned about growing food and helped us to plant sweet corn. Thanks, small farmers!

In the news this week, a new strain of E. Coli is reeking havoc in Europe. Whenever an outbreak like this occurs, we are reminded that buying from small, local farms reduces the risk of being exposed to deadly pathogens. Why? Because unlike industrial food, our produce hasn’t traveled thousands of miles sharing transport and factory lines with other produce and meat. We’re proud that our food is nutritious and local, and also safe.

If you have any questions, please email us at seriousfarms@gmail.com.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Heather permalink
    June 7, 2011 2:32 pm

    Thanks for signing me up! I enjoyed meeting you on Saturday morning (I was the one in the yellow tie-die talking about Owens Farm) My son helped us get the tomato plants in the ground.

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