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Last weekend was the opening day of one of the larger, local farmers’ markets.  It’s a day anticipated by many as was evidenced by the number of folks roaming the brick streets of the Old Market last Saturday morning.

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Of course our first stop of the morning was to Rhizosphere Farm’s stand.  As always, it was a visual treat.  I was first drawn to them a couple of years ago simply by their beautiful display.  Baskets, homespun fabrics, a black chalkboard listing their goods and prices.  Terra said the method of display was one of the key things she learned from her years at Horton, working the farm and markets.  After all, we eat with our eyes first, don’t we?

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I quickly snagged a bunch of French Breakfast radishes, as I knew they’d disappear quickly.  As Terra, Matt and Max visited with customers and fellow vendors the boys and I moved on to see what else the market offered.

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The booths were full of seasonal produce; asparagus, salad greens, spinach, chives, radishes, flowers (oh, how I love the flowers) and plants ready for planting in gardens of our own.

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Of course no trip to the market is complete without a stop to the balloon man…

farmers' market

farmers' market

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there, enjoy your day and time with your families!

Previous Farm to Table Project posts…

Farm to Table Project:  Rhizosphere Farm

Farm to Table Project:  Potato Planting

Farm to Table Project: Spring Garlic

Farm to Table Project: Planting Day

Farm to Table Project:  Harvesting for Market

Okay, I’m just going to say it…I love this time of year.  Everything is green, the weather is warm (goodbye multiple layers of clothing) and the farmers’ markets open this weekend.  This weekend!  Throw in a half marathon race on Sunday and I’m just about giddy.

This morning I was out at the farm for harvest and preparation for tomorrow’s opening day in the Old Market.  Radishes were pulled and inspected individually, spinach was washed and looked over.  There is a tremendous amount of care that goes into making sure only the best of the crop makes it to market.

The warm weather everything growing faster than usual, leading to a beautiful bounty of salad greens, spinach, sorrel, radishes (3 varieties), lovage, pea shoots and herbs.  Tomorrow’s market is going to be grand.

I think the pictures tell it all best…

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If you are local (and even if you aren’t) take the time to support your local farmers and visit the market, you’ll be glad you did!

Previous Farm to Table posts…

Farm to Table Project:  Rhizosphere Farm

Farm to Table Project:  Potato Planting

Farm to Table Project: Spring Garlic

Farm to Table Project: Planting Day

I was back out at the farm earlier this week to visit again with Terra, Matt and Max.  Their agenda for the afternoon was planting spring garlic.  Did you know that there is garlic planted in both fall and spring?  Fall garlic is planted…in the fall, much like tulip bulbs.  In the spring/early summer the bulbs that we are all familiar with are harvested.  Spring garlic is different in that it does not develop a bulb, but looks more like a small leek or green onion. Overall it has a mild taste, including the graceful, curling scapes that grow above ground.  I especially love these and often add them to stir fries and mixed green salads.

spring garlic

spring garlic

spring garlic

The garlic was planted in clusters of 3-4, about 12 inches apart, just below the dark soil.

While everyone continued planting, I wandered around, peaking into the greenhouse to see how it had changed.  I’m always amazed by the amount of growth that occurs in the few days between my visits.  Last week the small, tomato seedlings were transplanted to 4 inch pots.  Each variety was labeled, there were the basic Romas and Brandywines, along with many names I’d never heard.  Terra says that many of the tomatoes they plant are heirloom varieties.

spring garlic

spring garlic

spring garlic

To read more about this project and my other visits to the farm, just click on the links below.

Farm to Table Project:  Rhizosphere Farm

Farm to Table Project:  Planting Potatoes

Alison

 

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