Wednesday was a fun day. After caring for the hoophouse and greenhouse, Tim and I made the trek to Rocky Mountain Elementary school in Longmont. There, we were
privileged to participate in a program that offers school kids a chance to
sample fresh produce from a local farm and talk with the kids a bit about
growing and eating the crop. What a joy to watch those young faces light up
when they tasted our carrots and to see their hands reach out as they clamored
for more. In this fast food nation, we want to take advantage of every
opportunity to help kids understand that they can “eat their colors”
deliciously. We thank the Boulder County Farmers Market Association and the
volunteers who support and run this program.
Meanwhile, “back on the farm”, today is harvest day. Our market will be open this Saturday, the 20th of January, from 10 am until 2 pm. This week’s
offerings include abundant sweet and tender kale, mustard greens, some chard,
spinach, BPF special blend, arugula, sweet red and green winter cabbages, Candy
and red onions, parsnips, sweet carrots!, rutabagas, black and watermelon
radishes, beets, leeks, turnips, gold potatoes from Strohauer’s, multiple
varieties of our dried beans, an abundance of our roasted/frozen chilies and
sweet peppers, popcorn and more.
As we approach the end of January, with the days are getting longer and the angle of the sun higher, growth is accelerating in the hoophouse. That
is, when we’re not having Arctic blasts. The greenhouse has young plants, some
of which are ready to move into the hoophouse and I will be seeding quite a bit
more next week. Spring is on its way!!