As I mentioned last week, we are thinking about and planning our spring and summer planting. For early spring we are planning red potatoes, romaine and buttercrunch lettuce, as well as snap peas. The current summer list includes, green beans, tomatoes (medium slicers and plum), corno di toro and lunchbox peppers, jalapeño and poblano chiles, patty pan and Mexican gray squash, cantaloupe, watermelon, and Persian cucumbers.
I am also considering some flowers – likely decorative sunflowers, zinnias and maybe a few other varieties.
This is only the initial list. It will grow as we continue our planning.
The warm weather of the last several days has finally awoken some of our plants from their “long winter’s nap.” Thanks for your patience with our production lull.
Along with the changes in the field, we have some changes in personnel at the farm. Gentry, our farm manager is moving on to other endeavors. He has been with us since early December 2014 and helped greatly in the development of the farm and our markets. We wish him the best of luck in the future !
Two new people started a few days ago and one more is on the way on February 1; more about all of them in upcoming newsletters. Those of you who attend the Rillito market will be seeing all of them in rotation as we move into the late winter.
Also, we are now seeking applications for summer interns ñ so if you know any hearty souls who love working in the summer heat (!), send them our way or ask them to check our our ATTRA website internship listing.
With the promise of spring on the horizon, we have been poring over the seed catalogues and planning our summer crops. We will be putting together a summer seed order soon, so if you have any favorite summer vegetables or varieties that you know to grow well, send along your suggestions and they will go in the mix for consideration.