Market Plans, May 2

We expect this week’s market to be about the same as last week. Lots of radish bundles, more spring lettuce mix, green onions, garlic chives, mint, catnip, lemon balm, and so on. I was surprised last week at the interest in fresh catnip, so we’ll bring some more of that. If we get to it, I might go out and harvest some wild onions as well; these are booming in the woods right now and have a really nice flavor. Though I have to mark them as non-organic since the woods aren’t certified…

Goose eggs are definitely done for the year. One goose has starting sitting on her nest and defending it, and the other is tailing off in her laying. We don’t know if the former will actually hatch anything, as sources tell us first-year ganders are often not “fully loaded” and the eggs may not be fertile. But we’re happy to let her try. A batch of goslings would mean more eggs next year and some nice meat geese this fall. Not to mention upping the cute quotient around here.

Those who’ve been to the market will notice that it’s been booming. The normal vendor slots were about full last week, and our customer counts are hitting levels seen in midsummer a few years ago. Many of us are a bit nervous about this summer and what a zoo it’s going to be. Hopefully it helps make the case that the market has really outgrown its current situation.

2 thoughts on “Market Plans, May 2

  1. How do you all start your lettuces and radishes? Because of the rains, we just planted our gardens a couple of weeks ago, and dug in the rest of the tomato, cabbage, pepper and broccoli plants yesterday evening. We’ve talked about building some cold frames to get the greens started early. Do you know of any resources to show how to build them?

  2. All radishes are direct-seeded; they’re so fast and grow so tightly there’s no point in transplanting.Lettuces are a mix of direct seed and transplant. Earlier lettuces we start indoors to get warmer temperatures and controlled germination, then set them out at various sizes depending on the container and conditions. Later we direct seed some beds and thin them for micro-greens for home use. Our direct-seeded lettuce will start showing up at market soon.There are a wide variety of ways to build cold frames, I’m sure Google will swamp you. We’ve done it with straw bales and old storm windows, though you might make sure they don’t have lead paint. Our current favorite are the PVC hoops with clear plastic stretched over them, as they’re easy and flexible to use. You can also buy/make cold frames out of solid clear plastic that are boxes with hinges.