|Where we’ll be:
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
60 Rhodes Pl, Cranston
Thundermist Health Center Farmers Market
(inside lobby, 1st floor)
This week, both Christina and I (Kim) will be at the market. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and selling our produce and plants. This week we will be bringing the following items:
French Breakfast Radishes
Baby Kale Mix
* We had some folks ask if we would have any Super Sweet 100s. Unfortunately, this year we will not have any SS 100s.
* Sungold Tomates: We sold out quickly last week. We have a limited amount remaining so be sure to get the the market early if you are looking to purchase this variety.
* We do have a new grape tomato variety that we think you will enjoy, It is an Italian heirloom tomato called Pomodoro. It is a red grape tomato that grows on a compact busy plant (indeterminate).
Life at the farm:
The lower field are quickly filling up with annuals.
Kale, carrots, beets, arugula, salad mix, kohlrabi, shallots, onions and sunflowers are just a few of the crops that are coming along nicely.
The fields are DRY though. Mother Nature has not provided us with much water so the irrigation was turned on this afternoon to give the crops a much needed drink.
Rhubarb is one of the perennial crops we have in the lower field. We will be bringing some to the market this weekend.
Perennial flower crops include lavender, cone flower, peonies and lilies.
Perennial herb crops include tarragon, sage, mint, oregano and chives.
Lots, and lots, of onions and shallots have been planted over the past 2 weeks. Over 3,000 of them!
It is very important that onions get in the ground as soon as possible in the season to ensure the best possible bulb growth.
You may have heard of the term “long day onions” and wondered what it means. Well, it means that the variety of onions that grow best in New England are dependent on day length to initiate bulb growth. Days with 14 to 16 hours of day light are required before an onion plant will switch from concentrating its energy on leaf growth to focusing on bulb growth. Therefore, the more “long days” that the onion plant is in the ground, the more opportunity there is for bulb to grow.
See you at the market!
Farmer Kim 🙂