The heat is on!
And it is awesome! You all know it, we’ve seen you down here all week. It’s just like I remember Spring being, warm and sunny and busy.
So as a little incentive, it’s time to announce our annual Pottery Sale! For a limited time while we prepare for the switch over to produce, (isn’t that a sweet sound) nearly all pots and pottery and gardening accessories are on sale, 20% off!
Have you missed out on your beloved pansies? This is the 300th anniversary of Needham this year, lest we forget, and there is no better way to show your town pride than by putting out a few pansies, the official town flower, round your door. We still have a few packs and patio pots available and several hangers. And they are all marked way down, up to 50% off. Get them while they last.
Out in the field we have been busy as well. We finished planting the tomato crop today and put the cucumbers in a few days ago. Our third crop of corn went in today, and second lettuce crop recently as well. Tomorrow should be the right time to put the pepper and maybe eggplant crop in, as long as the field is dry enough. It really hasn’t been that long since all that rain. Amazing how one day of sun can make it seem so far away though. We will need to plow and prepare more land by the end of the week if this pace keeps up and we will have almost all our long-term crops in by the end of next week.
Speaking of long-term crops, we finally got our asparagus crop in the field, so just you wait, in 2-3 springs from now we will be rolling in green (and some purple) spears. This is an exciting addition to help us extend the season on the early side, for as you know, by this time next year we hope to be offering produce year-round.
Also new this year we are trying our hand at parsnips. I seeded them earlier this week while putting in some more carrots and beets. They will take nearly twice as long to reach maturity however, so right around the end of the season we should have something new to offer.
The farm stand was carrying some wonderful MA grown parsnips last fall and they were a huge hit, so we thought we should give them shot. the good news is we know a farm that does them well, so if we fall short you will still be able to get them this fall!
Spring has also brought on the wildlife. Our neighborhood pests are moving out of the woods to check us out: deer, coyotes, geese, turkeys, woodchucks and more. But some of our perennial friends have returned as well. Only pests in their decibel levels, the Killdeer have had a great nesting season in the field, with two broods hatching already and a new one laid this week. For a change we’ve got a real smart cookie laying her eggs right up next to the greenhouse, far from impending tractors. She is giving the customers and staff a workout, and keeping on the run, but I think we will see a good hatch here in a few weeks.