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Posted at 5:09 PM on June 13, 2008 by April Luginbuhl (4 Comments)
We actually went to a farmer's market last Sunday. It was wonderful, if not way too hot. We bought a few things (garlic, baked goods), but mainly just looked. I really wanted greens of any type, but there were none to be had. I did get a great deal on some heirloom tomato plants. I haven't been able to plant them in the garden yet because of the weather, but I this weekend I will. One requirement is met- I will have tomatoes this August, provided the plants live that long, and I fully expect them to.
We also noticed that there is some well-priced grass fed beef sold there by the pound. It was too hot to buy any Sunday as we had other trips to make before going home, but this week I'm going to see about buying some beef.
I also have the days and times of several other markets around town written down. One of them meets on Wednesday mornings not far from my midwife's office. So if I haven't had the baby by my next Wednesday appointment I'll try out another market. I'm finding I'm more likely to go to a market if it is on the way to and from another trip. I rarely make a trip to go on just one errand, which is why the distance and location of these markets has been problematic for me.
We also have made progress figuring out a local CSA called City Fresh. I've mentioned them before, they are a group committed to bringing in produce from not more than 75 miles from the city, and in fact coordinate the distribution of produce raised in the City as well. I'm slowly learning more about the urban garden initiatives around town. City Fresh is very flexible and affordable, so I'm working on figuring out which pick up point will work best for us. I was impressed with how many pick up points they had. I've learned in the last few weeks that at this point in my life I need the commitment of a CSA to keep my local eating habits on task. When left on my own to just go to the market, life gets in the way and I don't go. Oh- and I also like that if you miss a pick up with City Fresh they donate that week's share to a food pantry. I'm sure as I learn more I'll post more about them.
Good luck with those heirloom tomatoes.
I don’t know how much space you have, but am wondering if you have considered container gardening to augment a traditional garden? This year, instead of flowers, I filled three whiskey barrels with Patio Kebob tomatoes, peppers, and Swiss chard, as well as some smaller containers with rosemary, basil, cilantro, and parsley. An old stepladder draped with chicken wire has pole beans climbing on it, and an endless supply of pea pod is growing on a 4 X 3 foot chicken wire trellis. Two 2 ½ by 4 ½ foot cold frames are providing four varieties of lettuce- more than enough for the two of us with extra for our friends.
Our first pick-up at our CSA is on Thursday. Can’t wait to see what we get.
Posted by Pat | June 15, 2008 5:26 PM
I have never had success growing edibles in a container. I have no idea what I do wrong. I can grow perennials in a pot, and annuals, and lots of weeds, but herbs and veggies die every time. That's part of why we joined a CSA in the first place, my attempts to grow our own veggies was a disaster. I have no idea what I do wrong. We have lots of pots, so I wouldn't mind planting in them, but it seems such a shame to have the plants die.
It sounds like your containers are really big. I use just large clay pots. Perhaps I would need even bigger pots? Any ideas you have would be great.
Posted by April | June 17, 2008 2:27 PM
I am using whiskey/wine barrels, actually half barrels. You can find them at some garden centers early in the spring. They seem to go fast! I picked up a couple this spring at a Tractor Supply location.
They are perfect for the compact or bush varieties of vegetables (cukes, tomatoes, peppers)or anything can trail over the sides of the container.
Posted by Pat Brannon | June 25, 2008 7:32 AM
Maybe the size of the pots I use is the problem then. I'll have to see which will work out best space wise and cost wise. Maybe we can do a combo of raised beds and barrels. If we designed it right, that would look quite nice in our yard and help with keeping the weeds and ivy out of our garden.
Posted by April | July 3, 2008 9:24 PM