Springing Along

The zucchini is just about perfect for transplanting.

In the summer, the greenhouses will be covered in shadecloth.

Let the sun shine down!

Almost flawless germination on both gold and red beets!

It’s happening. We are steadily closing in on summer. Zucchini, basil, peppers and eggplant are ready for transplanting but will be held for another week or two, for the soil to warm further. The plastic is off the large greenhouse now. The tomatoes in the field are uncovered as well. We brought the first 100 bunches of carrots to the market Friday, beginning another long run of tasty, crunchy roots. And the stand of beets is remarkably uniform; even Paul thinks so!

The raspberries in the foreground have been in the ground for several years. The newer varieties, beyond, are just beginning to fill in.

Other changes show in the raspberries. They are really pushing now, beginning to flower and set fruit. We have a couple new improved varieties this year, a yellow type and a firmer, not so perishable red variety. The older variety will come first, probably still 3-4 weeks away, a late start because of the weather.

These implements are at the ready, a "cultivation toolchest".

But right now, the farm is so photogenic, so beautiful and brimming with promise, it is hard feel anything but joy and awe. The way the tools are stacked and stored, the rows of lettuces and the wind whipped cloud shadows on the hillsides make me incredibly grateful.

Lettuce stripes are hard for my eye to resist.

About candied

Artist: painter, graphics, print and typography. Farm Fan: live on an organic produce farm, am dedicated to educating the public about the food they eat and what it takes to get it to their table. View all posts by candied

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