I am taking a rare break from my farm duties to take a trip around the mid-west to see some family and friends before the vegetables(and myself) are deeply rooted in the earth for this summer in Lancaster.
Before I skipped town, I seeded the cool weather crop. Four varieties of onions, Red Ampostas, Candy, Sweet Spanish and White Lisbon should be sprouting right about…now! As well as the Franchl Violetto Cauliflower, Flat Dutch Cabbages and Spring Raab Broccoli. I felt bad about leaving them behind for the week but I know they are in the good hands of my fellow farmers Ben Weiss and Brandon Tennis of Susquehanna Permaculture. They are checking in on them as we share greenhouse space for this season. Thank you both!
When I get back, Katy Reist and I plan on doing some tractor work and plowing up the acre for spring planting. I’ll harden off the green house seedlings, hoe some rows and throw in the carrots, radishes, peas, turnips, lettuce, spinach, kale, mustard greens and beets. Once I get all that done it will be time to start the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Whew! That is so easy to say as I sit right now in the attic room of my friend Libby London’s home in the frozen land of Minnesota. Spring could not be farther away up here underneath a couple feet of snow. I’m braving the cold for a few more days before continuing on the rounds. I’ll be back to PA in a week and will type to you soon! For now enjoy these lovely days of Spring where it feels like winter in the shade and summer in the sun.