Welcome to the season of fresh food!
The start of the growing season is such an exciting time of year – to plan and to seed, to bear witness as the field comes alive, and now to begin the spring harvest! As my farmer-ly duty I should mention the weather, which, so far has been robust – with all the rain and the recent heat. The plants are probably filled with surprise and a little bit of worry, (as am I) but we are all hoping to put forth an abundant season. I already have all the rows sown with crops – beets and carrots, peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes and onions, greens, okra, sweet potatoes – to name some. I also hope the berry bushes will produce well. This work is beautiful work – to watch the field get productive and lush. Also, Wyck is a beautiful site, and I am lucky to work the ground there. I hope that while you all stop by for produce, you will take a stroll on to the grounds, see the field and the flower garden, visit the chickens and the bees.
Some of you may remember me from last season. I was the interim farm manager while Katie was on maternity leave. Katie decided to leave Wyck this past winter but she is still growing food (no surprise there!) and you can follow her on her blog/website twofeetinthedirt.com. Also, on Katie’s behalf I convey her good wishes to you and relay that she will miss seeing you all at market.
I would like to introduce Kate Illes, who is joining Wyck as the assistant gardener and farmer this season. I am sure that you will have a chance to meet her warm personality at market someday. It is wonderful having her be part of the team.
For my part, I am delighted to be back at Wyck for another season! Wendell Berry says “Eating is an agricultural act”. I look forward to joining you all in performing this good and hard work together.
This Week’s Harvest List:
Bok Choi $2.00/head
Eggs $3.00/half dozen
Kale Mix $2.50/bag
Mustard Greens $2.50/bunch
Salad mix $2.50/bag
Strawberries (limited quantity) $3.50/pint
Herbs $1.50/bunch (may include sage, oregano, thyme, lavender, mint, chives, etc.)
Raw Honey from the bees on the property $14 for a 12 oz. jar