this week at market {april 13}

first market collage shadow

Hello from Pitchfork & Crow ~

We’re harvesting for the Salem Saturday Market!  Here’s a selection of what we’ll be bringing to market:

  • Cabbage (overwintered red and red/green savoy)
  • Cauliflower (a few tasty overwintered heads!)
  • Celeriac
  • Chard
  • Collards
  • Cookin’ Greens
  • Fennel (baby!)
  • Leeks
  • Potatoes (German Butterball & Fingerlings)
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli
  • Radishes
  • Rapini (Cabbage, Collards, Kale!)
  • Rutabagas
  • Salad Turnips
  • Spinach
  • Spring Bunching Onions
  • Sunchokes (aka Jerusalem Artichokes)
  • Winter Squash (Butternut & Delicata)

Thanks for a fantastic start to the Market season last week!  We appreciate everyone who made it out between rain showers to buy some veggies.  It was great to see so many familiar faces and meet new folks too.  Hurrah for the Market!

Last season we agreed to grow a few crops for seed for some friends who own a small seed company nearby.  We planted their varieties of rutabaga, leeks, and Brussels sprouts and made plans to grow them beyond maturity until they flowered, were pollinated, and eventually set seed.  This week we’ve been busy harvesting other varieties of leeks and rutabagas to avoid any cross-pollination with the desired seed crops.  We’ve also been busy managing the cabbage, collard, and kale rapini.  Many of these overwintered brassicas flower at the same time and will freely cross-pollinate one another.  We love the spring delight that is rapini, so it’s hard to imagine mowing these overwintered plants.  Instead, we harvest as much rapini as possible and hand cut the rest, preferably before it flowers.  Luckily we know you guys love rapini too!

We hope to see you Saturday sometime between 9am and 3pm.  You can find us at the Salem Saturday Market near the intersection of Winter and Union streets in downtown Salem.

Carri Heisler and Jeff Bramlett

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