plant sales at the farm-15% early season discount!

It may feel like winter today but gardening season is just around the corner and we’ve got a greenhouse full of plants that are ready to go.

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A wide selection of herbs like this lovely pineapple mint,

IMG_1932-blogrosemary, various thymes, lavenders, chives, oregano, parsley, sage, cilantro, and dill. Several varieties of basil will be ready soon.

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Some cool weather edibles like lettuce and kale.

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A tempting selection of peppers (hot and sweet), tomatoes (cherry, paste, heirlooms, and hybrids), and strawberries.

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We’ll also have some fun and beautiful perennial plants ready to go.

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Instead of just having one day of plant sales here at the farm, we’ve decided to have several days with open hours during these next couple weeks before market starts. If you’re out and about and in need of some plants, stop by during the hours listed below. And for taking the time to drive out here, we’ll be offering a 15% discount on all plant sales here at the farm.

Friday, April 19th from 1:00-6:00 pm

Saturday, April 20th from 2:00-6:00 pm

Tuesday, April 23rd from 1:00-6:00 pm

Friday, April 26th from 1:00-6:00 pm

If you can’t make it to the farm you can find us at the following 2 events in April.

Earth Day– Sunday, April 21st from 12-4 pm at Antelope Park

Natures Market-Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at Pioneers Park

After these events we will be at the Haymarket Farmers Market at 7th and P every Saturday morning, 8-noon, starting May 4th and running through the second Saturday in October.

Hope to see you at one of these!

 

Some beauty in our fall gardens

Well, it’s officially fall now and we’ve experienced our first light frost. It’s always sad to see the heat loving summer plants go (I’m already missing you basil…sniff, sniff) but we’re relishing in the abundance of beautiful fall crops (hello cilantro!) With shorter days and cooler temps, everything seems to perk up and colors become more intense. At our local market people often comment on how beautiful our yard must be, as if we live in some wondrous Shangri-La. After my kids get over their fits of snorting and giggling, I politely explain that most everything that is beautiful is at market and that our little farm isn’t all that gorgeous.  One of the hazards of being self employed at home is that there is always work around me just begging to be done and I tend to focus on that work and not the beauty. So, a couple days ago, I decided to ignore the voices in my head and grabbed the camera and set out to see just beauty.

I think Tom Thumb lettuce has to be one of the prettiest things we grow and it has the side benefit of being mighty tasty!

 

The zinnias perished with the frost but the roses continue to bloom.

I’m watching these brussels sprouts carefully as we rarely get our timing down correctly in order to get a good crop. Most years we get brussels peas!

The winter storage cabbages are starting to form heads and they relish the cold weather so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll make it.

The arugula and beets in the tunnel are coming along nicely and I’m looking forward to roasted beets come cold winter days. Too bad I’m allergic to arugula as I really love it.

 

This lovely rose, Mon Petite Chou (My Little Cabbage) is my favorite!

The bees are busily storing up for winter.

This solidago, Fireworks, is magnificent!

Although the plants aren’t so pretty, the tomatoes in the tunnel continue crank out lovely fruits.

After a long, hot and dry summer, I love the look of fresh new crops developing. These tiny carrots are growing by leaps and bounds and will feed our family nicely this winter.

These much underrated marigolds have been real workhorses this summer, producing buckets of stems every week.

The cooler it’s gotten, the brighter this celosia has become.

One of the final lilies of the summer.

Isn’t it wonderful how a camera can focus on just the lovely? I think I’ll try looking with a camera’s eye more often!

Micro greens, spring lettuce and our favorite dressing recipes

We’ve been experimenting with micro greens this spring and WOW are they beautiful and delicious.

I love seeing peas sprout!

Combine the micros with some of the great lettuce that we’ve got this spring and you’ve got the makings for a beautiful salad.

 

 

And now that you have the perfect salad, here are three of our favorite dressing recipes to try.

Italian Dressing

1/2 c red wine vinegar

2 t minced or pressed garlic

2 t Italian seasoning

2 t fine ground sea salt

1 t black pepper

1 t ground mustard

3/4 c olive

Blend well and enjoy! Oh, and by the way, we use WAY more garlic then the recipe calls for.

 

Wild Greens Salad Dressing

4 cloves garlic

1/2 c balsamic vinegar

2 T Tamari

1/2 c nutritional yeast

2 T fresh thyme

2 T Dijon mustard

2 T honey

Blend all of this well and then add the following slowly while the blender is running.

1 c olive oil

1 c water

Enjoy on all kinds of mixed greens salads.

 

Sweet Salad Dressing (isn’t that an original name?! someone please help me come up with a better one)

1/4 c white grape juice concentrate

3 T white wine or cider vinegar

2 t olive oil

1/2 t salt

1/4 t onion powder

Put all in your dressing bottle and shake well.

 

Enjoy the tastes of spring!

 

 

 

Spring progress

With the lovely spring temps we’ve been having, everything is growing by leaps and bounds around here.

Our little greenhouse is full and overflowing.

The overflow benches outside are, well….overflowing!

The lisianthus are taking off and the lilies are going to be gigantic! Notice all the maple seed pods. They’re absolutely thick outside and have even blown into the hoop houses. Guess what we’ll be pulling all summer!

The snaps and campanula are looking good. I’ve never grown what I would consider a good crop of snaps but, maybe this year?

In the veggie tunnel the first tomatoes are getting acclimated.

The peas are blooming.

Lettuces and green onions are looking beautiful.

The cucumbers are caged.

I love this red lettuce!

The fennel is lovely.

The kale is beautiful. Some of it will probably make it into a bouquet or two.

A nice little patch of carrots is off to a good start.

Enjoy the beauty of spring!