spicy salad mix, mini bok choy, green beans, sweet potatoes and more!
Happy Friday! It's been a busy week in the fields of the Local Growers Alliance!
Before I tell you about it, a couple of important notes about the end of the season:
This past Tuesday, 10/6, was the last market of the season at Sibley Memorial Hospital in DC. Thank you for a wonderful season - and for your important work during the pandemic. I'll be in touch with details about when I'll be back!
The Pike Central Farm Market will continue through Saturday, 12/19. The Olney Farmers and Artists Market finishes its main season on Sunday, 11/1. The winter market begins the following week on Sunday, 11/8 and continues through the winter. I'll attend the Pike Central and Olney markets for as long as I have produce to offer!
And now for the weekly updates....
My crew and I spent a few days working with Anh at the Farm At Our House during the past two weeks. We helped harvest about 1000 pounds of sweet potatoes, cultivated young chard and even younger lettuce plants in their high tunnel, and spun salad greens dry in a modified washing machine. Very high tech!
In my field in Ashton, we seeded carrots for the spring and salad greens for later this fall. We'll harvest sweet potatoes and luffa in the next couple of weeks and then plant garlic for next year.
Purple Mountain Grown has started harvesting their brown rice! I have a few bags this weekend and will have more soon.
This week's harvest includes summer and fall vegetables, beautiful fall flowers, honey, and grains.
Your business supports several local, sustainable farms and a vibrant community of people who take great pride in growing nutritious food. All items are grown in Maryland - most within 20 miles of the markets. Everything is grown according to the rules of the National Organic Program. Honey is raw (not heat pasteurized) from bee hives in Silver Spring, Ashton, Laurel, and Brookeville. Grains are from fields in Ashton, Beltsville, Newburg, and Leonardtown (Leonardtown is furthest away - it's ~60 miles south of DC). Here's what you'll find at the farm stands this week:
- Cut Flowers (Tanglewood Flower Farm in Ashton)
- Large mixed bouquets, small arrangements in jars, bunches of multi-colored celosia.
- Grains (Purple Mountain Grown in Takoma Park)
- Old fashioned rolled oats, oat groats, buckwheat flour, rye flour, hard wheat flour, and brown rice.
- Honey (Charlie's Bees in Silver Spring)
- Raw (not heat pasteurized) honey from hives at small farms in Ashton, Brookeville, Laurel, and Silver Spring.
- String beans (Blueberry Gardens in Ashton)
- Bunched greens (The Farm at Our House in Olney and Somerset Produce in Ashton)
- Bok choy - green, mini variety
- Kale - green curly and lacinato varieties
- Loose greens (Somerset Produce)
- Spicy salad mix - a mix of mild and spicy greens
- Tokyo bekana - a very mild mustard, similar to lettuce
- Potatoes (Somerset Produce) - Harvest Moon (purple skin, gold flesh)
- Sweet potatoes (The Farm at Our House) - Beauregard, a classic sweet potato variety
- Winter squash (Somerset Produce) - mini and full sized butternuts and Robin's Koginut
- Carrots (The Farm at Our House in Olney) - good sized roots, no greens
- Daikon radishes (The Farm at Our House) - large roots, no greens
- Peppers (The Farm at Our House in Olney and Somerset Produce in Ashton)
- Hot peppers: adjuma, Bulgarian carrot, cayenne, habanero, and lemon drop
- Peppers of unpredictable heat: shishito
- Green and purple peppers
- Sweet peppers: mini and full sized varieties in red and orange
- Eggplant (Somerset Produce)
- Tomatoes (Somerset Produce) - just a few!
- Shallots (The Farm at Our House) - small and tasty
I think that's everything!
You can find this bounty at one of our markets and you can order online!
I hope you're well and to see you at the farm stand :)
Thank you for your support.