Our two greenhouses are at capacity and are full of activity, April 22 was the first week we brought fresh radishes to Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market. We have radishes, carrots and beets growing in one greenhouse. While our new greenhouse, cleverly called greenhouse #2, is growing a host of greens for our salad mix. The new greenhouse is working so well, we’re going to the triple the production next year!
Here’s an update of what you can expect to find from Sunrise Gardens at the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market this spring:
Spinach has been harvested for three weeks and Dawn seeded a second patch last week. We will have spinach in the mixed greens this Saturday April 29, 2017 but we may not have spinach in the mix the first week of May.
Orach is a beautiful reddish pink salad green that is similar to spinach (from a different family), but it’s juicy, succulent and very pretty. It tolerates warmth better than spinach and is more resistant to bolting. Orach really brightens up the salad green mix.
Arugula is a delicious peppery leafy green, and we planted the ‘dragon tongue’ variety in the greenhouse. We’ll be harvesting arugula for market this Saturday April 29, 2017.
Our mixed mustard greens are growing a bit slower than some of the other greens and will be available on a bi-weekly basis.
Dill is coming along, slowly but surely. Dill grows slowly at first and then it just takes off!
Green onions are growing vigorously and will be ready to harvest in 3 weeks.
Baby carrots are growing and will be ready for market the third week of May.
We are also growing a host of transplants for later in the season: a variety of squashes, celery, herbs, and borage for edible flowers. Also this year we saved a few carrots and beets from last year and planted them so they can produce seed. Carrots and beets are biennial crops and don’t make seed until the second year.