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Eat Your Vitamins

June 24, 2011

Market Update

We’re excited to bring the following to market tomorrow, Saturday June 25th, from 9am-1pm.

  • Wild Black Raspberries!
  • Salad Mix (variety of Leaf Lettuces, Dill and Parsley)
  • Romaine Lettuces (including Forellenschluss)
  • Cooking Greens, including Kale, Beet Greens, Holland Greens and Turnip Greens (The recipe of the week features these greens.)
  • Radishes
  • Baby Nantes Carrots
  • Tiger Lily Buds- they are delicious!
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Peppermint
  • Potted Basil
  • Fresh Garden Bouquets
  • We might also have wild mulberries. We’re about to go out and see what we can find!

Field Notes

We’re officially in the thick of things! Happy Summer to you all. This week we harvested the seed from our arugula and kale. We’re drying the seeds, and then we’ll store them until late summer, when we’ll plant them again. Why do we go through all the work of saving seeds, when we could just buy seeds? It’s more than just saving a couple of bucks. As we save seeds from one year to the next, the seedline adapts to our specific locale. Basically, the seeds we harvested today are better for our garden than any other seeds. We select seeds from very productive and healthy plants, so the seeds are likely to produce very healthy plants. Some seeds are easier to save than others, and I think arugula and kale both are good for beginning seed savers. They have large seed pods, which open easily. See our photo below. If you want to learn more about saving seeds, I recommend the book Seed to Seed, By Suzanne Ashworth.

Although the heat and humidity make most humans want to run to the shade, some of our plants are loving this weather. The tomatoes have just taken off! It looks like they’ve grown nearly a foot taller this week. The tomato plants are also enjoying their hay mulch, which keeps their roots cool.

This week, we boosted our plants with worm castings from our worm compost bin. (Interested in composting indoors? Check out this DIY site.) We also used a homemade fish emulsion to add extra nitrogen and other nutrients that growing plants need. No harsh chemical fertilizers here!

We look forward to seeing you at the Selinsgrove Farmer’s Market on Saturday, from 9-1. You can get your copy of our recipe of the week- Sauteed Greens- at our stand. Greens are known for their high vitamin content, not to mention they are delicious. Be sure to get your greens and eat your vitamins!

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  1. June 24, 2011 10:28 pm

    It was great to meet you last week at market! Don’t you just love the killdeer eggs?? We usually have a nesting pair in our barn driveway…but none this year. This weather has been great…no need to water. And, yes, our tomatoes are lovin it!! Hope you have a great day at market this week.

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