Archive for March, 2015

West End Community Market

Today –Tuesday – 3 pm until 6 pm

What is growing?

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David planting  onion sets below our new grape row

 

Homegrown Produce  –  Picked Today

  • greens – Purple Mizuna, spinach, last of the collards, mixed mustard (frilly, purple, mizuna) Swiss chard and Kale – black, Siberian and Blue Scotch
  • root crops
  • peppers  –
  • fresh herbs

 

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West End Community Market

Today –Tuesday – 3 pm until 6 pm

 

Harvesting – will post market list later

 

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West End Community Market

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Tomorrow –Tuesday – 3 pm until 6 pm

Don’t Forget!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         shower time

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We will harvest tomorrow, in the morning, before market.

 Check back, tomorrow, for a list of the freshly picked produce that  we will be bringing to  the West End Market.  

Remember this is the last market that you may arrive early.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Canary Tomatoes

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 Our first homegrown tomato of the Year

Last fall, before the first frost, I dug up three healthy looking volunteer tomato seedlings. I planted them in three separate pots and put them up on a shelf next to the back wall by a fan that blows warm air from the basement into the greenhouse. I called them my canary tomatoes.*

Being practitioners of the Scrooge Philosophy, David and I do not run our furnace after we go to bed. The plants in our greenhouse, a lean-to adjoining our basement, have to rely on residual and radiant heat to survive the night. Even the sub-zero temperatures we experienced this winter did not adversely affect our canary tomatoes and, contrary to expectations, several tomatoes developed. However, the plant that was closest to the fan, which caused it to sway, started to look sickly and it was removed.

Believing the swaying of this plant help to pollenate the adjacent plants we started to shake the branches of the remaining plants to help distribute their pollen.

Because of their shape, we thought they were Oxhearts. Now that one has ripened we know they are Golden King of Siberia. Perhaps that is why these plants survived in less than ideal conditions. Naturally we are going to save the seed.

 

*Before mechanical sensors, canaries were used to detect gas accumulation in mines. My canary tomatoes plants were used to monitor low temperatures.

West End Community Market

Today –Tuesday – 3 pm until 6 pm

What is growing?

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David transplanting his specialty onions in the newest growing bed

Homegrown Produce  

  • greens –  Green, Red and Ruby Streaks Mizuna, bags of greens -baby spinach, collards, mixed mustard (frilly, purple, mizuna) Swiss chard, black kale and mixed Kale (black, Blue Scotch and Siberian)
  • root crops – 
  • peppers  –
  • fresh herbs

 O.K. folks remember you may arrive early for the next two markets .

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West End Community Market

LEAP will not be implementing its “No Sales Before Opening” policy until April the 7th.

This new policy is not contractually binding on vendors since we signed our market agreements before this new policy was instigated. So it will be  LEAP’s  responsible to cordon off the markets areas, beginning April the 7th, not allowing access until the appropriate time.

Tomorrow –Tuesday – 3 pm until 6 pm

Don’t Forget!

We will harvest tomorrow, in the morning, before market.

 Check back, tomorrow, for a list of the freshly picked produce that  we will be bringing to  the West End Market.  

 

see side panel for directions – click on address for map

Heads up

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Selling products before 3 pm at west End Market, an acceptable practice for the past five year, is now, apparently, considered to be deviant behavior. LEAP’s management believes it promotes unsavory competition.

For more information go to LEAP’s web site and Facebook pages.

 They should have information about their new policy posted there.

http://leapforlocalfood.org/

https://www.facebook.com/leapforlocalfood

https://www.facebook.com/GrandinVillageCommunityMarket?v=wall

https://www.facebook.com/WestEndCommunityMarket