Finally reaping some bounty 

 It’s been remarkably warm. Spring fever is in full swing. I want fresh green, leafy things.  I’ve not peeked under the row covers in weeks…may be a month and a half. 

  So pretty!

So excited! 

 Finally reaping some bounty!

Let’s dig in!


Still peeved that I let the frost damage so much of our gorgeous produce, I was excited to pull our first daikon radishes from the field this morning. I’ve never grown these…or eaten them before. The greens were nipped, but the radishes seemed OK.

Now I can see why these things are planted to loosen compacted soil! Gigantic.

Daikon and turnips

Daikon and turnips

Curious to see what these taste like.

Have any favorite recipes?

Market Schedule Update – No Blacksburg Market This Weekend

Time for a post about our market schedule. You may notice diminishing dates on the right hand side navigation area that shows our Google Calendar. Yep, the market season is winding down.

The Pulaski Marketplace

The Pulaski Marketplace

We had our last Pulaski Marketplace farmer’s market yesterday evening.  A big and hearty THANK YOU to the Pulaski community who came out each and every Tuesday evening to support the market. We appreciate your support of us, of the market as a whole, and most importantly, we appreciate your camaraderie! We hope to see you again in October…and look forward to reconnecting next season.

The end of the market season is a bitter sweet time for us.

I won’t lie, we’ve worked hard. I’m a little tired, and it will be nice to be able to transport folks in my truck once again (completely full of market gear). At the same time, we will miss our friends…our fellow vendors and our customers. It is the sense of community that we enjoy…the artists, the growers, the makers, the preparers, the leaders and the eaters. It’s a tight community, and we love it. The bitter part is the goodbye.

The sweet part of the end of season is that it signals the beginning.


Well, plans are already swirling through our heads…infrastructure we want in place prior the spring, crop plans, crop rotations, breaking new ground, re-fencing…and on and on. I’ve almost entered all of this year’s market data. Decisions on what to keep and what to move away from are close to being made. Planning is fun. It’s a rebirth in a way.

With all that said, I’ll finally get to the point of the market schedule updates. I deviated a bit from this topic. We’ve some life events coming up that will pull our focus elsewhere. What that means is –

* we won’t be at the South Main Blacksburg Community Market this Saturday (9/20) or possibly the following Saturday (9/27)

* we will be at Warm Hearth Village tomorrow (9/18; 4-5:30) and the next Thursday (9/25) which will mark our last market of the year there

* we will be at the old train depot in Pulaski on Oct. 7th (4-8) for the market Harvest Craft Fair

* I am not sure of our October schedule for Blacksburg’s saturday market, but I will let you know when I know!

As always, thanks for caring.

With a little help from our friends…part two

Sunday, we had another productive day. Weeding. Cooking. AND socializing. We enjoyed another great lunch with friends and family…then got right back at it. Why? Two new summer interns were on site with an intense love of carrots. So, after lunch, we took a peek at some of the carrot beds:

20140717-210708-76028494.jpgThe hunt is on!

20140717-210759-76079295.jpgSuccess! A purple one.

20140717-210840-76120064.jpgAdd an orange one to the mix.

20140717-210926-76166486.jpgA tote full of goodies! A just reward after weeding.

Many thanks to our crop of interns. What a fun summer!