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Time Flies


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Hi ya’ll. It feels like the weeks are flying by! Before we know it, it will be SUMMER. Ah, summer. And then there will be so many different beautiful tomatoes, amazing summer squash (the flying saucer squash is my favorite, but I’m a sucker for all squash), eggplant, hot and sweet peppers, okra, green beans, sweet smelling herbs, rainbows of flowers…cue “Summer Breeze” :).

But in the meantime, I have great news. The waiting is almost over. Strawberries are on their way! I’ve been looking forward to eating strawberries since the end of strawberry season last year. There’s nothing quite like farm fresh strawberries. Strawberries so sweet, they taste like they’ve already been dipped in sugar (which, I confess I did as a kid eating strawberries from the grocery store). I don’t know if anyone else is as excited as I am, but I can’t wait to eat strawberries, especially in a yummy mixed greens salad. Mmmmm hmmm.

In other news, this weekend marked our third week at market. It was a gorgeous day to be out. I feel so lucky that going to market is completely unlike “going to work”. It’s easy to get up in the morning to go spend a few hours surrounded by awesome people, great music, beautiful colors, and good food.

Well, as usual, I have a few pictures to share.  I hope you’re enjoying this gorgeous weather as much as we are. Have a fantastic weekend and week. Thanks for stopping by!

Patricia

Hey Y’all, So I’ve been busy with the farm and market, working every day! We will be starting CSA pickups in a week on Tuesday, April 27th. Saturday pickup at market will start on Saturday, May 1st. March was colder than usual, which slowed growth on everything. Come April, daily temperatures shot up into the 70’s and 80’s, which has helped. April has been dry though, counteracting the higher temperatures. CSA share sizes will be on the smaller side for the first 2 or 3 weeks as we wait for crops to mature. Don’t be alarmed, we will offset the smaller shares later when other crops come in.

Expect strawberries, lettuce, spinach, tatsoi and other delectable produce the first weeks of CSA, with sugar snap peas, scallions, bok choi, broccoli, carrot and cabbage in addition later in May. We will have recipes for you if you need some inspiration. We can’t wait to get the CSA started!

We have mowed our cover crop of rye, vetch and clover to feed the soil and the microorganisms in the soil. Way down the page below the pics Patricia posted are a couple pics of the crop and Farmer Tom mowing it down. Soil health is the foundation for healthy vegetables, which is part of the foundation of healthy eating and being!  Your health begins in the earth!

Check the online store for availability, which is fairly slim this week. We will have Tuesday online order pickup at our house and 1911 NCSU delivery on Wednesday. Remember to have your orders placed by Monday evening.

Purchase of vegetables is made through our online store-
http://www.vendio.com/stores/bensproduce.

Current vegetable availability includes:
Arugula
Kale
Mizuna
Lettuce
Mesclun Lettuce
Scallions
Tatsoi

Eat Well and Be Well,
Ben

Market…
Ben weeding strawberries…

Lettuce in the field…

Ben weeding strawberries…

Heirloom Deer Tongue lettuce…
Charlie Parker, happy to be at the farm…


Market…

Ben and our friend Tarah at the second week of market, being silly…                                                                      

Beets in the field…
Market…

Ben in the light…

Our market stand…

Close up of our cover crop of rye, vetch and clover…

Larger view of the cover crop…

Farmer Tom mowing the cover crop…
beets, carrots, pictures, planting, sweet potatoes

Spring planting time is upon us…


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Hello all,
The season is shifting into a higher gear! Patricia and I took our dog Charlie to the farm today to plant potatoes and spring onions. What a beautiful spring day it was today. The sun was out, it was warm and blue birds were fluttering about and looking for grubs to eat in the freshly tilled soil. I felt the swell of spring and the upward energy that spring brings…Always inspiring and full of hope of the coming growing season. Here are some photos of our day on the farm today…Enjoy!
My car full of cut seed potatoes.
Marking a bed for potatoes with markers on a rake.
  
Patricia & Ben, happy together in the sun…
  
 Freshly transplanted beets. Can you find Ben in the photo?
  
Patrica’s lucky 30 year old German sneakers – they have a long history of wear and tear but still going strong!
and Ben’s bare feet…
 Baby leeks waiting to be planted
  
Ben holding up a row cover (veggie blanket)…
We on the front page of the Western Wake Farmers Market website this week! We’re famous! 
We’re ramping down the winter harvest now. We harvested all the winter carrots Friday and they are in storage. This is most likely the last week we will have collards, brussels sprouts, chinese cabbage and vitamin green. Carrots will be available for a couple more weeks and won’t be available again until May. We will have fewer crops available until the spring crops start rolling in, so expect less variety for the next 4 weeks or so.  We will certainly keep y’all updated on what’s available.
This coming Tuesday, March 9th, we plan to have produce pickup at our house, 604 Sasser St., between 4:00 to 7:30 pm. The next NCSU delivery will be Wednesday, March 10th. Remember to have your orders placed by Monday evening.

A few of you occasionally may have trouble placing orders. Please make sure you receive an automated confirmation email a few minutes after you place your order. If you do not receive this email your order was not placed and we will not receive it. Please try again or email us your order to shields.ben@gmail.com or call Ben @ 919-800-8898. Also, we do not accept online payments, e.g. PayPal. We only accept payment of cash or checks at pickup.

Purchase of vegetables is made through our online store-
http://www.vendio.com/stores/bensproduce.

Available new vegetables:
SPINACH

Current vegetable availability includes:
baby beets
brussels sprouts
carrots
Chinese cabbage
collards
scallions
lettuce
sweet potatoes
Vitamin Green (a mild Asian leafy green)

Late winter /early spring vegetables will include:
arugula
broccoli raab
mixed baby lettuce & greens
mizuna
radishes
swiss chard
tatsoi
turnips


Be good and eat well,
Ben & Patricia