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When I Learn The Same Lesson Too Many Times

Posted 4/2/2019 7:32am by David Zemelsky.


I'd say that 5 or 6 days ago it suddenly dawned on me-Spring is really starting to unfold.  Let's see, the daff's in the front yard. The snowdrops in the side yard.  The peepers putting on a serious racket somewhere in someone else's backyard.  Edible flowers forming on the claytonia.  The most interesting to me though is how the lawns look around houses.  There's a change towards green.  So suddle that its almost easy to miss it.  Kind of like a coloring with pastels.  I hate to use frosted because then the description feels like a Kincaid painting i.e. glitch but hey that's kind of how it is.  And then almost hour to hour you can see the change.  I like that.

With the coming of Spring came the first planting of tomatoes.  Farmers are particularly keen on being the first to offer tomatoes for sale.  I'll admit it.  So it shouldn't come as a surprise that we put our first round of  tomatoes in the greenhouse last Friday, March 22.   There's a sturdy oil burning furnace in there and we can keep them safe and warm.  HOWEVER, what  I didn't count on (and should have), was that the furnace would develop a problem.  I won't bore you with what the problem was.  But somewhere in the middle of the night, it stopped working.  These greenhouses only hold the heat for so long and very rapidly the temperature starts going South, if there's no additional input of hot air.  By morning, most of the planets had suffered freeze damage.  Now, I'd be the first tell you-the world will not end over a bunch of frozen tomato plants. HOWEVER, when one sees the damage at first, that's what it feels like.

Many thoughts went through my head. Some of them, I'd rather let you use your imagination about.  But was did secondarily occur to me was that I could have taken a preventative step and bought one of those awesome systems where by one installs sensors in the greenhouse and your phone will tell you if something goes awry.  $4-500, maybe.  Sure, that's a lot of money, but so is the loss of the plants.  And that's what I mean about going through the same lesson too many times.  This has happened to me before.  Furnace breaks and plants die.  Not a good situation.

The good news is that not every plant died.  And the ones that died-most of them didn't.  They're going to be set back, but plants are like resilient children.  They've both got inner strength and know how to bounce back.  These "dead" plants wll put up new shoots and by July this whole episode will seem like the kind of bad dream you have after eating too much pizza.

A beautiful stand of Arugula (right) and Red Russian Kale (left).  All the greens are new for this season. 

Lots for sale this week:

Braising greens: $6/bag with hot spicy mustard, milder Asian greens, kale and spinach.  For reasons that I can't explain, braising greens are more popular than ever.

Salad Greens- $6/bag. lettuce, asian greens, claytonia, minutina

Spinach- on sale this week for $6/one bag $8/two bags $11/three bags

Strawberry Plants in Hanging Baskets (ready for Mother's Day).  These are the seascape variety.  Truly tasty beyond all measure.  These are homerun presents those people on your Mother's Day list.  Pre order by sending us a check for $25 to reserve yours.

Arugula- $6/bag  Nice, first cut of the season stuff

Potatoes-  again, we're selling an amasing french fingerling for a great price. 5-10 lbs $2.50/lb  Over 10 lbs- $2/lb

Mizuna-$6/bag  More nice stuff.  Tender and very multi-layered  flavor

Pak Choi (Bok Choi)- $4/bunch.  Small tender heads.  Shanghai variety.  But the name doesn't really matter.  All pak choi is worthy of its name.

Please let me know, if there's anything of interest for you on this list and we'll get your order going.  As always, we appreciate your business so much.

Have a great week.