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Posted 5/6/2019 11:53am by David Zemelsky.


How much do you think about dirt?  I'm not referring to the parts of your house that refuse to get clean.  Or the muddy tracks that someone near and dear to you might bring into the house the moment that you finish cleaning the floor.  I mean the  material that holds the trees in place, the mountains way up in the sky and the matter that is being washed away in the Mississippi Delta at the rate of a football field a minute (Seriously.  That's a whole other topic).  Its also the stuff that we put our seeds, transplants,bulbs and rhizomes in.  I'd like to share with you what dirt means to me.

For a moment imagine that you've got a scoop of dirt in one hand.  Now, envision a whole community of living things actively existing in that hand.  Some are microscopic, others you can see.  None of them know each others name, but they are all doing their own specific job to make the soil a place for other living things (like your tomatoes that we're going to give you in a few months!) to be able to grow and thrive.  Some of the microscopic ones are figuring out complicated chemical formulas in order to supply our plants with important nutrients  such nitrogen or magnesium.  Think of them as food creators.  I know this is a simplification but the reality is that none of us know how or why these simple simple creatures figured out a way to make the whole system function.  And that, in a nutshell is how I feel about dirt: Dumbstruck and in total awe.

Before telling you what's available this week, you need to hear about the new shed.  It's name is Lulu.  I didn't mean to name it, but it was inevitable.  I've 7 grandkids.  Each of the five hoop houses are named after a grandchild.  Another one came around 4 years ago, so that kid got to have a newly acquired shed named after her.  About 15 months ago,came the last (I think, but don't hold me to it) one.  No building at the time of her birth.  But two weeks ago, we decided to put a shed roof off the back of the refrigeration unit.  This will be used for washing greens and roots.  So the last grandchild got something named after them, after all.

The boards on the bottom will be coming off.  And the sink has yet to move in.  Its going to be so awesome to wash and sort things out there.

Make sure to read all the way to the end.  Lots of tomato/herb/flower plants for sale

On to the food.  Lets focus first on Pea Tendrils.  Sometimes known as pea shoots, these wonderful greens are so useful in many ways.  My favorite thing is to make pesto using the pea tendrils instead of basil, which many of you, I'm sure are very familiar with.  Its every bit as delicious as basil pesto.  Look also towards Asian Culinary dishes.  Did I tell you how amazing pea tendrils taste?  Do you like raw peas?  Most people are crazy about them.  The whole plant taste exactly like raw peas.  You just don't have to shuck them.  Salads? Sure,  just add to your salad green bag or perhaps some of the amazing lettuce heads that we're going to offer this week. Its $6 a bag, but I'm hoping that the idea of putting a bit extra in each bag will convince you to give pea tendrils a try.

Above are the pea tendrils.  They taste just as good as they look.  I recommend them

Lettuce heads-sure there's a lot of fancy names, but what it boils down to is an amazing head of lettuce.  Between the texture and the taste, its hard to say which is the best.  I will say that you shouldn't wait long to pick them up,  they need to be treated with a certain amount of care and refrigerated ASAP $2.75/head

Arugula, Salad Greens or Braising Greens- all $6/bag

Spinach- $6/bag.  They'll be a bit fuller than a normal sized $6 bag

Radishes and Hakeuri Turnips-both $4/bunch.  These have been the 2019 surprise of the year, so far.  The crop is crunchy, snappy, beautiful and everyone wants them.  The turnips can be eaten just like radishes-raw. Both of them have excellent greens that can be put in salad or lightly toasted with olive oil.

Green Onions- $3/bunch.  What's there not to like here?

Swiss Chard and Kale- $3/bunch


Pak(Bok) Choi and Tokyo Bekana- both $4/bunch.  These Asian Greens really make the difference in a great vegetable dish

For those of  you growing some of your own stuff,now would be the time to get those tomato, herb and flower starts.

All Herb Plants are $5/  There are 4 different kinds of Basil, for starters. Genevese,Tulsi (Holy), Thai and Spicy Bush.  They are all way different from each other and each of them are amazing in their own rights. You can't go wrong.

Also, oregano, summer and winter savory,rosemary,sage,.thyme, chives, parsley, cilantro,lemon balm, hysop.

You can also get a jump on spring by buying our Baby Pea Plants.  Just stick them in the ground and in weeks you'll beahead of yourself.  $2/plant

Dwarf Sunflowers have really become more and more popular over the years.  They grow to 2-3 feet and are happy most of the Summer.  Small pots $5 and big pots $10.  They'll do fine in the pot or can be transplanted to your flower garden.

Below is Teddy Bear Sunflower