Thursday, April 23, 2015

Finally! A broccoli that grows well in Colorado!

Piracicaba Broccoli (also sometimes called "Broccolini")
Normally broccoli barely produces a good size head before going to flower with the hot days of May. (I think Broccoli would much rather grow in Seattle!)
I have found that Piracicaba Broccoli works much better for our climate. Harvest some looser, smaller heads, and lots of side shoots and leaves instead of waiting for a big head.
Here's a link to a story about it from the Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/18/AR2006101800375.html We have it for sale for the next 3 weeks or more and it's a good time to plant it now (the sooner the better, as it prefers cold weather)

We will also have Broccoli Rapini, Collard greens, 8 types of Kale, Mustard Greens, Onion starts and all the cool weather plants that we usually offer ...

Friday, April 10, 2015

Photos from our first market on April 4th

 It was a fun and successful Easter Egg "Hunt"

This coming week we have kale, lettuce, onions, Chives, Arugula, Broccoli, Swiss Chard,  Salad Bowls and more....

Free Parking with a view!

View from parking garage

This shot is from where I parked last Saturday morning- 2nd floor of the parking garage above the RTD station at 14th and Walnut.
It's a short walk and keeps the van cool and shady on hot days.
Enter on the North side on Walnut Street a half block East of 14th. For more free parking ideas see the Farmer's Market website at www.BoulderFarmers.org

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring weather

A garlic field at 8am on April 3rd

1:30 pm on April 3rd- just5 hours later!
Our garlic field on the day before our first market. Our Spring snow was pretty but didn't last long!

Monday, March 30, 2015

First market is in 5 days!

Right now the little seedlings are out in the hot sun and wind getting acclimated to the outdoors. On Friday they'll get some cold weather to contend with and then be ready to display at market. Most of them should be ready for your garden, and if not, they will be ready for next week.
Market day will probably be pretty chilly, at least til lunch time, but come by and say hi and take a look at what we've got!
cold-hardy lettuces

Pea plants ready to go outside

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Garlic still looks good!

We are about ready to put the drip lines down, but so far the winter moisture is keeping the ground moist.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Getting Ready For First Market - April 4th

We're getting ready for the April 4th opening of Boulder Farmer's Market.
We'll have some cold weather starts for your garden: lettuce, kale, onions, chives,  Caley's pea plants, Kitty grass, a few Salad Bowl planters and more. Stop by and say Hi!

Later we'll have broccoli, rapini, parsley, bok choy, mustard, arugula, swiss chard and collards. All of these plants can and should be planted in the cold weather and can withstand plenty of frost.

Watch for warm-weather plant starts in mid-May. Tomatoes, Basil, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, squash and beans.
There will be more flowers this year! Especially pollinator friendly flowers for bees. (Never any chemicals used- see our growing practices below)

Garlic is growing like crazy!

The garlic seemed to grow 2 inches yesterday! Everything looks great so far. Let's just hope for reasonable weather - unlike the Spring of 2013 with near zero temps in April and a May 1st blizzard.

Monday, February 9, 2015

The garlic came up right on time at the end of January. The early garlics are about 2 inches high and the others are just barely showing. We've started sowing seeds for Spring plant sales- onions, lettuce and kale so far. Stay tuned.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Still time to plant garlic this week!

If you haven't planted your garlic yet you can still get it in the ground this week. Looks like Wednesday through Friday should be good weather for planting. We planted the last main field Nov. 9th right before the Arctic blast hit (phew!) However it's a long-standing tradition for me to plant some garlic on Thanksgiving morning so I'll probably plant some of the left-over smaller cloves in one small patch on Thursday.
The last garlic field was planted Sunday afternoon, right before this beautiful Monday morning sunrise, hours before the temperatures dropped 54 degrees in one day!