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April's Last Wack? Maybe

Posted 4/25/2018 10:28am by David Zemelsky.


If you look up the last possible day for a frost in our area, you're going to read that its April 23.  And indeed, that day we had a very strong frost.  Took me by surprise because it didn't feel that likely when I went to bed.  The other part about all this is that weather is no longer a product of the elements, but our activities too play a big hand.  On this Wednesday after Earth Day, we need to remember humans footprint in the way weather goes down.

The pace of growth has expanded considerably since last week.  Lets take claytonia as an example of this.  We're now looking at a very exciting and edible phase in its life.  The small white (and tasty) flower has really started to take off.  This week, it is tender, sweet and fun to eat.  Next week-well, we'll see.  But for now, it is on my recommended list.  There's a lot of it, so look below for a good price.

All those little white flowers are great to eat.  This is a very happy stand of claytonia.

Other activities this week include planting beet transplants along with kale plants, too.  Kale, as everyone knows is big in the world of foodys.  Now, thanks to a big effort by Joel, we've got 800 or so kale plants growing outside.  This should be enough to satisfying everyone's kale needs for this season.  One day, I'd like to write a book about kale....

A reminder about our CSA.  There are several pluses about the CSA to consider.  First, you'll be getting a discount on the price of our produce.  Second, you'll be able to get what you want, not what I want to give you.  For example if you'd like to take all your value out in tomatoes for one week-we'll be able to accomodate that.  Interested people should check out the fine details at starlightgardensct.com

Offerings this week will include live plants.  There is still time to take advantage of the sale which is buy one and get one free.  I'll keep taking care of your new plants until you want them.  Normally, we sell plants for $5 each-so that's a pretty good savings.  Here's the link to see what's available. http://www.starlightgardensct.com/showcase/spring-plants

Here's a photo of our tomato plant that we're keeping track of.

Progress! You can see the dead leaves that I pruned lying on the weave cloth at the bottom of the plant.  Almost no signs of frost anywhere.  Keep posted for its inevitable explosion of growth.

Here's our offerings for this week.  Orders emailed back to me by 8AM on Friday.  Your order will be available after 2pm on Friday (April 27) at our shed at 54 Fowler Ave./Durham.  If you arrive after dark, bring a light.  Payment goes in payment jar. Checks are ok.

First, the specials

Spinach- $6/for six oz bag. BUT 1lb for $8.  2lbs for $14.  This is a good opportunity to freeze spinach, which is SO easy.  Basically, blanch, cool and freeze.  Couldn't be simpler.

Claytonia-i'm not going to encourage you to get a large amount of claytonia.  It will keep for over a week, but it isn't a good candidate for freezing.  But a lb is not a crazy amount.  So here's the offer.  $6/for six oz bag and 1lb for $9

Salad Greens- with kale,lettuce,spinach, claytonia $6/bag

Arugula- $6/bag

Pak choi-also known as Bok Choi $2/bunch

Radishes - $3.50/bunch (quanities limited)

Hakeuri Turnips- $4/bunch

Swiss Chard- $3/bunch

Spring Garlic-$3/bunch  Use everything that you see in the photo.  Roots, stem or white part.

Mizuna- $6/bag

Enjoy the weather.  We'll be talking soon