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I Talked to Rick the Other Day

27 Apr

And there was a rumour that the market might start 11 May if the weather cooperates.  Hassle him at the co-op to see what the deal is a few days before hand.  I’m sure he’ll really love two hundred people showing up to ask him what the deal is.  Ha ha.  Get some bulk goods while you’re there.

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What’s Fresh for 20 April 2011

20 Apr

For Market Goers and Eaters:

While the market has yet to start up, you should be aware that some of the very first crops of spring are starting to come in.  These currently include:

  • small radish
  • cole and radish flowers
  • elder blossoms
  • hedgehog mushrooms
  • beef roasts (currently available at Lee’s Market in Langlois)
  • woodland greens
  • micro-greens
  • young salad greens
  • last of 2010 leeks
  • garlic and leek scapes
  • garlic chive flowers
  • perennial herbs such as salad burnet, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, spearmint
  • small asian greens such as mizuna, pok choi
  • cooking greens such as chicory and mustards
  • eggs!
  • honey (currently available at B & B Farm Supply in Langlois)

For North Curry Gardeners and Seed Starters

If the winter pruning isn’t done, you’ll have to wait ’til next year.  Everything is jumping now.  Save yourself some money and start from seed or get starts at the market.  Both will be available, with seed from Sillydog Farms currently for sale at the B & B Farm Supply in Langlois.

It’s time for gardeners to start planting their eggplants, peppers and maybe even tomatoes indoors for the long wait ’til actual “Summer” weather (evenings reliably above 45F) is upon us – usually around 20 June, which is handy to keep track of.  That puts us exactly 8 weeks out from “heat,” as of now.  You might still get away with seeding some of the perennial herbs and veggies that have larger seed, such as sage, lovage, salad burnet and artichoke.  Small seeded herbs take as long as 12 weeks to reach a transplantable stage, so be advised to delay planting and to carefully acclimate for temperature and light intensity with what will be mid-summer plantings if you decide to start these little guys this late.

Other things that can go in the ground now include just about everything except beans and cucumber.  Wait on those and the basil.  Things to put in the ground now are extensive and include:

  • all the cole crops (broccoli/kale/collards/kohlrabi/mustard/asian greens), incl. radish
  • carrot, dill, parsnip
  • lettuce, salsify, chicory/endive
  • spinach, beet, chard
  • potatoes

This is your very last chance for garlic or winter grains if you simply forgot.

Enjoy your Food!

Port Orford Has a New Farmers’ Market

20 Apr

The new market will be in the parking lot of the Redfish Restaurant and Hawthorne Gallery.  This idea is a simple enough one that has been a long time coming for the Port Orford area.  No longer will a 25+ mile trip be the only way to get fresh food produced in the area if you don’t already know someone with the goods.

The first planning meeting by where the specifics will be ironed out will take place at the Hawthorne on Friday, 22 April, at 6pm.  Concerned persons who wish to be part of this market should come.  So far rumours are that the market will be on Saturdays, from 10am – 2pm and there will be no vendor fees or paperwork hoops to jump through.  People selling food and food-like items grown/harvested in Curry County are invited to participate.  Semi-processed products such as pickles, jams, honey and mixes, as well as properly licensed prepared foods like bakery goods will also have a place.  Space issues and signage are among the issues to be discussed, as well as wind control and promotion.