As most of you know, this coming Saturday will be our last Saturday market day until June. We will still be at Sunday Market for few more weeks.
We know how much you hate it, not finding us at our usual spot, having to go to "the store" (yuck!), (or, for those hardcore loyalists, losing lots of weight).
We're often asked - with anguish- why?? Why do we take those 10 weeks off from feeding you?
Ok. Calm down. There are two big reasons. First, we need to stay at the farm to focus on our planting without the major distraction of the market process. And second, the variety of items available for sale is at the low point of the year. In our climate in early spring there just isn't anything to harvest outdoors, what we grew in greenhouses for winter harvest has been used up, storage crops are gone. So it's a good time to stay on the farm and be sure we're doing all we need to do, at the right times, to make sure we'll have all those crops ready as early as possible, with the highest quality and the steady supply that you'll be demanding in June and beyond.
It's a huge effort, getting all our many different crops established. There's soil preparation, seeding in both greenhouse and field, transplanting, getting supplies together, protecting early plantings from the cold, training new crew members, and so much more.
We do miss seeing you all, but still it's a high-morale time of year for us. Cool, sunny spring days, not too much time pressure (no harvesting), when optimism is rampant and energy is flowing. One of the best things about farming is that there's always another spring, another new start and another new chance to grow more and better food FOR YOU!
The weather looks good for this Saturday. Still a little chilly but sunny. So come and stock up for the break. Treat yourself to sticky buns. And a pie! It's your last chance!
See you Saturday!