|We've been harvesting our own spinach already, which was|
overwintered under plastic row cover in the coldframes.
This Week in Pictures
I always enjoy when news sources offer up "This Week in Pictures" type articles, because you get a collection of poignant, quirky, thought-provoking photos that demonstrate some of the big and small things that humanity has been experiencing this week. Our version will likely not be that poignant or thought-provoking, but nonetheless, it is a fun sampling of what we've been doing at the farm this week, told in pictures. Enjoy!
Right: Trever hand-plants onions and leeks. Altogether, the guys put in over 10,000 onion, shallot, and leek plants, which should start to be ready for harvest toward the middle of June.
Left: And for one of our quirky news items, Fred and the guys were startled by a humongous three-foot-long garter snake who was sunning himself in the greenhouse. He seemed in no hurry to move, even with the guys working right next to him. I guess he knows a comfortable spot when he sees one. :-)
Right: We're making modifications to our cooler/packing area for this season so that the packing process will flow more smoothly this summer. On Thursday, Fred took out part of the wall of our indoor packing area so that we can slide bins of veggie from outside to inside easily along a new packing bench he's building.
Left: Josh harvests some spinach in the coldframe on Thursday. This particular spinach made its way to the East Lansing Food Co-Op, so if you bought our spinach at ELFCO over the last day or two, this is probably it!
Right: Our flats of lettuce transplants are ready to plant in the field as soon as the soil is ready for them! We seeded and raised them in the greenhouse, then we put them outside for a few days to acclimatize them to the outdoor air temperature before planting, and now they are ready to go into the field!
Left: One of the first French Breakfast radishes emerges from the soil. We've started harvesting them already, and we'll continue to have them for the next few months. They'll be among the choices for the first week of the CSA!
I am beyond excited about the return of fresh local produce to Michigan after the long winter! In honor of the spring's first harvestable veggies, here are some recipes for the stars of late April: salad greens, spinach, and radishes!
Avocado, Radish, and Snow Pea Sandwich: Try out this lovely (and easy!) recipe from Real Simple to celebrate the arrival of spring! And add some spring mix for even more green goodness!
Quick and Easy Sauteed Spinach: This is one of the many ways we do spinach at our house, and it's one of our go-to favorites for a fast and easy side dish!