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Spring Awakenings…

March 30, 2012

Sowing, removing sod, building, composting, planting, sowing, removing sod, building, composting, planting….

This has been the routine of Mama Tee’s Farmstead anytime the weather gives us a slight break in the snow (yep, in late March) or rain.

The hoop house is FULL of little starts from Brassica’s to greens to peas to herbs. I’m contemplating ways to cheaply increase space  in that 10 x 20 foot area so I can sow more seeds and still have room for starts that I’ll be selling as well.  I have a limited number of starts for sale which will be ready to move out April 10th (or sooner if you want peas).

Here’s the list available so far:

OR Sugar Pod II peas, Calabrese Broccoli, Purple of Sicily Cauliflower, Arugula, Japanese Giant Red Mustard, Lolla Rosa and Henderson Black Seeded Lettuce, Red Russian Kale, and Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage

Prices: $3.00 for a six-pack and $22.00 for a flat (Broccoli and Kale only, ~48 starts)

OR Sugar Pod II snow peas

A flat of Red Russian Kale

Send an email to mamateesfarm@gmail.com to reserve your veggie starts today!

I’m also happy to announce that Mama Tee’s has been officially accepted in to two Portland area Farmer’s Markets! Every Saturday MTF will be at the St. John’s Farmer’s Market starting June 2nd and every other Tuesday you can find us at the OHSU Farmer’s Market starting June 5th. I’m still waiting to hear back from Lents International. You might be thinking three farmer’s market’s? Is she crazy? Yes, it is too much. So I will try to schedule every other week(or even every other third) with Lents. I will be selling veggies starts early in the season, vegetables all season, and preserves, dried veggies, and pickles towards the fall.

As for the CSA subscriptions, I am still working out the details, but will be offering two options this year: the first being a traditional subscription to either a full share or half-share in which you will receive a box of veggies each week or the second option will be a voucher subscription which you can purchase upfront for the season and can use that voucher to pick up MTF’s veggies (or other MTF goods) each week at one of the farmer’s markets.  Details about options and prices will be up on the website soon. If you have questions, need more information or would like to reserve a subscription now please contact mamateesfarm@gmail.com.

The peas are up on 103rd, I’ve planted strawberries, and have direct sown the radishes, carrots, and beets. Two beds on 66th are finished and planted with a Spicy Mesclun mix and four varieties of lettuces. The Cully lease is signed and work on this property will begin in a couple of weeks.

I’ve tried to take lots of pictures as I build the infrastructure and plant at both the NE 103rd and the SE 66th properties. So here are a few for you to enjoy:

The beds after they were planted with greens and lettuces. And Meesah soaking up the sunshine on a beautiful day.

Construction of the raised bed on a rainy afternoon.

The process of putting in the beds at 66th.

The little mesclun mix babies transplanted into the bed. Varieties include: arugula, cardinal swiss chard, mibuna mustard, mizuna mustard, giant red mustard, tres fine endive, china rose radish, watercress, freckles lettuce, and little gem lettuce.

The rows of new sprouted peas, and yet to sprout radishes, carrots, and beets at 103rd.

Strawberries!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Paola permalink
    March 30, 2012 5:37 pm

    Fantastic progress, well done!

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