It's been raining the past 36 hours. We have gotten over two inches and it has removed all traces of snow from the farm and made everything a sodden muddy mess. But through that mass of mud are signs of spring. The yellow crocuses have popped up and are in full bloom. They will soon be followed by dark violet and light violet and finally white crocuses. Daffodil spikes are shooting above the ground enmasse (I should have dug them up and divided them last fall but didn't which should mean a really nice display this year).
Along with the flowers we have some early herbs waking up in the market garden. Tarragon, chives and garlic chives have all emerged and should be ready to harvest about the same time as the first week of the farm shares and that is exactly what I hoped would happen. Some years these things come in earlier than other years Though, this looks like an average year.
This makes me happy as I usually have some anxiety early in the farm share season that we won't have enough variety to would be able to fill orders imaginatively and well. I should not worry as we have been starting the farm shares in early to mid April and have never had a problem making really nice shares from the early crops. And yet I do. This year it looks like we will have much to choose from for the first few weeks including the afore mentioned chives and tarragon. Plus thyme, cilantro, spinach, broccoli raab, heirloom lettuces, spring mix, parsnips, radishes, arugula, popcorn, garlic, potatoes and leeks.
You may have noticed the April shares will be heavily on greens. That is because that is what grows in the spring and what you eat when eating seasonally. As the season goes from early spring into spring than summer the produce selection will change. May is usually heavy on peas and asparagus in addition to the greens. June is heavy beets, zucchini, broccoli, raspberries mid way through and greens.
As the weather gets hotter the weight of the shares gets heavier as the food changes from leafy to greens to more substantial fruits and vegetables such as squash, tomatoes and melons.
That is the nature of our business.
if you have an interest in joining our farm Share initiative there is still some room. See our CSA page for all the gory details