Spring is a hopping time on a farm. Plants are thriving and the year is full of possibilities. Because the temperatures are comfortable, we are able to hustle and accomplish a great deal in a day, unlike in the summer when simple tasks require more effort in the heat. Morale is high! The pests have not yet come out and the weeds are still manageable.
There are fresh crops being harvested, like this lettuce. Also strawberries, radishes, spring onions, herbs, cooking greens, root vegetables, and more. Fava beans coming soon.
We are also busy planting summer crops such as these cantaloupe. As we plant, we anticipate enjoying their sweet flavor on a warm July day. Conversation while potting on tomato plants is often about how we plan to prepare the fruit when it ripens. This is part of eating seasonally. We appreciate these foods more when we only eat them certain times of the year.
When asked what my favorite crop to grow is, I always answer with cover crops! They represent responsible management, fertility, and good things to come. In spring, the cover crops reach maturity and, if we can, we will follow with a summer cover crop as well before planting a cash crop.
Above: crimson clover; Below: Rye and winter peas
Over-wintered crops, such as cilantro, arugula, collards, and kale, we allow to flower and go to seed. These flowers attract beneficial insects to prey on pests. We also eat and market the flowers! They are delicious and turn a normal salad into springtime on a plate.
Below: cilantro flowers
NEWS FROM THE BEND
From planting time to the growing and harvesting seasons,