Yep, that’s right…seed catalogs are filling our mailbox right now and for some reason, I can’t get that catchy Dusty Springfield song out of my head as I flip through the glossy, color-filled pages of vegetables, fruits, and herbs (oh, my!). After two years, my husband finally took my polite request (or more like demand) of “Can we please sit down and figure out what and how much we’re going to plant this year…” seriously and we did just that last Thursday night. More on that in a moment.
Before we started taking produce to the farmers market, I had a nice, quaint (read: manageable) garden space that I really enjoyed. I planted this little garden in the photo the first spring after we moved to our farm and felt so proud of my accomplishment each time I went out to pick something from it for that day’s lunch or another night’s dinner.
The second summer we lived here, the garden got a little bigger, but was still MINE and I really liked it that way. Then, I took much of the next two summers off from gardening, leaving it up to Kyle, as I was first pregnant and then busy with a 1 year old. One of the many ways that Kyle and I differ, is that when it comes to certain things, in this case, the garden, his motto has been “Go big or don’t bother…”, so that quaint garden that I enjoyed so much turned into this uncontrollable monster. Together, we have decided that, perhaps it really would be better if we had a plan and could compromise with one another, so that is what we are attempting this year. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
So, back to that meeting–we met with our produce partners, Jake and Katie Stoltzfus, and hatched out a plan that will hopefully keep us all happy (and sane) during the spring and summer months. Here is a sneak peak at what we have in the works: lettuces, spinach, sugar snap peas, asparagus, carrots, tomatoes, radishes, beets, celery, fennel (maybe), broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, watermelons, cantaloupes, pumpkins, red raspberries, strawberries (another maybe), leeks, onions, garlic, eggplant, bell peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and herbs galore.
During these blustery cold winter days, it is so encouraging to know that spring is on its way and before too long, we’ll all be able to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables!) of our labor.
What farmers market staple(s) are YOU looking most forward to? Let us know!