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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

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