Farmer’s market

Garden update

Hello friends.

The summer has sneaked up on us.  We enjoyed a brief respite, celebrating the 4th of July with friends and family.

Tomorrow, we return to market at the start of a summer heat wave.  The lettuces and I are wilting, but the summer fun crops are starting to make themselves known.

Beans!

Coming tomorrow to the Pulaski Market is one of our summer favorites – green beans!  Also making their debut – beets!  Coming soon – tomatoes, peppers and squashes.

We also will have other favorites: onions, turnips, radishes, kales, cabbages, herbs and more.  We hope to see you at the old train depot, downtown Pulaski (4-8).

May 16, 2016 Market

Greetings Friends.

We kick off our market season tomorrow at Pulaski’s The Marketplace Farmer’s Market.

Asparagus

Come join us there and stock up on fresh harvests of:

  • Asparagus
  • Mixed loose leaf lettuces
  • Spinach
  • Salad Turnips
  • Radishes
  • New potatoes
  • Arugula
  • +/- Tomato plants (Cherokee Purple, Striped German, German Johnson, Yellow Brandywine, Black Cherry, Glacier)

The Marketplace is located in downtown Pulaski at the train depot.  It offers a variety of craft vendors, artisans, meats, produce and more.  You can also grab a bite to eat, enjoy a beverage from places such as West Wind Winery, and listen to some music while you shop.

Please join us and stock up tomorrow.  We will NOT be at the Marketplace next Tuesday due to day job schedule conflicts.

See ya tomorrow!

Leaf Lettuce

Harvest info & market news – heading to Pearisburg

Hi, all. Here is the run down of things that are being harvested right now, things that are coming in, and of things that are going out…..

Items like head and leaf lettuces are peaking. It is likely that I will have a small gap until new sowings come in. I’ve yet to master my timing with these delicate things as Mother Nature seems to get a little feisty now and again, throwing off my exacting calendar.

Rain summary

Rain summary

Look at that breakdown of all the rain we’ve had over the years (click on the picture to view a larger image). 2013 was the worst. 2012 was the best growing season for us (We had just broken ground. The weather was generally good for that hodgepodge garden. It tricked us into thinking we could really master the market garden)! Mother Nature really affects the timing of things for a part-time farmer.

Anyway…these things are in full harvest: broccoli, kales, new potatoes, onions, chard, perpetual spinach. These things are coming in (harvest will be increasing each day/week): squashes, beans, tomatoes, peppers (hot & bells), cabbages.

Sungolds

Sungolds

Things I still need to check: cucumbers and beets (beets were getting close last I checked).

These items are ending this week: kohlrabi, turnips (without greens).

These things are finished until fall (if I can get plantings in): radishes, turnips, collards, Asian greens, kohlrabi.

As for market news, Jordan and I took a road trip to Pearisburg on Saturday to check out their new community market. They’ve asked us to join their ranks, and we have decided to give it a try. This market has a great community feel to it. It is that sense of community that we love so much at the Pulaski Market. So, instead of setting up shop at the South Main market in Blacksburg, we are moving our tables to the front lawn of the Pearisburg Community Center on Saturday mornings, starting July 18th. This market runs from 9-2 on Saturdays, but we still will harvest the morning of market, so it is highly likely our arrival to Pearisburg will be around 11. We’ll keep you posted on Facebook.

 

Mountains of Music celebration

Today’s market (June 16th) in Pulaski features a free concert as a part of the Mountains of Music Homecoming. What a good night to come out to the Marketplace and visit the many local vendors in your community!

The Marketplace, Pulaski

The Marketplace, Pulaski

We hope to see you there!

We’ll be harvesting the following items for market: arugula, collard greens, head lettuces, loose leaf lettuces, kales, Nappa cabbages, perpetual spinach, radishes, salad turnips, Swiss chard and some herbs.