Friday, June 11, 2021

Garlic Crop Report/ Scapes are here!

 

Our garlic crop looks fabulous this year!  It's nice to have a "good" year after several challenging years.

Our first Garlic scapes - aka "Curlies" have just been picked this morning. Come and get 'em at the Boulder Farmers Market on Saturdays (starting 6/12) or order some online at weebeefarms.com

We'll have bulk bags for $10, or small bundles for a few dollars. Bring your own bag and we'll give you extra...
They'll be at market until June 26th - then gone til next season.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Flowers for butterflies, bees and other pollinators! Monarchs at WeeBee Farms.

 Last summer we saw Monarch butterflies dozens of times- mostly on the Tithonia (Torch Flower/ "Mexican Sunflower") They breed on our abundant milkweed and then collect pollen and nectar from several different flowers with the Tithonia being their favorite. They're not common to see in Colorado and we haven't seen many over the years but we see more and more each year here at the farm.



Tithonia gets to be about 5ft tall and 3ft wide and grows in full sun. They are the plant on our farm that attracts the most pollinators of all. Especially bumblebees, butterflies and honeybees. If you have a spot- come and get some at market this Saturday or next.

 

 

We specialize in flowers for pollinators and have a great selection at this time of year. These are all grown without any chemicals (NO neonicitinoids) to be safe for our bees and yours. We use above and beyond organic methods (see our blurb at the bottom of the blog)




Happy Gardening!!


To see full descriptions of all our flowers or to purchase them online visit    weebeefarms.com

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Pepper Time!



Pepper time! We plant ours June 10th, and Boulderites can aim for June 1-10 for a successful crop. You can come to the Boulder Farmers Market for healthy pepper plants on Saturday the 29th and Saturday June 5th. Or pick up at the farm on Wednesday June 2nd, 1pm-3pm by ordering online at weebeefarms.com
Here are some pepper descriptions:

Friday, May 7, 2021

Mother's Day Weekend - Time to pick up a Salad Bowl planter for Mom

 

Salad Bowls for Mom!!

This weekend is Mother's Day weekend, and we will have lots of salad bowls to choose from. Moms have been admiring them for a month now- and would love to have one of their own!

We have two sizes. The 18" bowl is our standard and is easy to care for with plenty of room for all the lettuces and other goodies. The 15" bowl is much easier to carry!


Salad bowls are a way to have homegrown salads with a mini-garden on the deck or patio. They are filled with lettuces and other cool-weather greens that have been hardened off and are ready to keep outside. Usually you will harvest a salad a week, or more, by picking off the outside large leaves, and leaving at least half the plant. Most of the greens will be done by the first of July when it's too hot for them to survive.

Care of your salad bowl: Keep in a cool spot if possible. They love sun when it's cool, but it helps to move them into the shade when the weather is hot. They can survive temps down to 10º.
A half day of sun will keep them growing well and full shade is OK when it turns hot. Water your salad bowl well with deep soakings. Fertilize with an organic liquid fertilizer.
After your bowl is finished you can plant some hot weather plants in it and then use it the bowl again for a few years. If you have chives in the bowl replant these to the garden and they will live for many years. The bowl is reusable and will last for a few years if you empty it for the winter.
Plants in the bowl:
Lettuce- just water well and pick the big leaves
Mustard- pick often, it gets big and the leaves get too hot after a whileArugula or Cilantro pick often, these go to flower quickly, and cutting often will prolong their life
Onions- Purple Bunching Onions. These are scallions. You can use the greens or wait a while and pull up the whole little scallion one by one or all at once.
Baby Carrots- harvest later in the summer 

Baby Bok Choy- harvest in late May or early June before it starts to flower

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

It's time for Spring Plants again!

Our first week at Boulder Farmer's Market is coming up on Saturday, April 24th

Come get your lettuce and kale starts, peas, bok choy, arugula, onions, salad bowls, flowers for pollinators and more...

Come on by to the market, or order from our website WeeBeeFarms.com to pick up at market or at the farm. 

Things will look a little more "normal" at market- can't wait to see you there!

 

Kale & Lettuce in the greenhouse

Mustard  and Arugula starts

 


Friday, October 9, 2020

Our LAST Week at the Boulder Farmer's Market

It looks like this will be our LAST week of garlic sales at the Boulder Farmers Market (unless I have a lot left over after tomorrow). I will list a little bit online for curbside pickup next Sunday (go to boulderfarmers.org for that) and may have some available at my online site weebeefarms.com

It's been a wild year at market and I appreciate all of you who came to support me and all the farmers. You really made it work- and it's been a pleasure seeing all of you come under such strange circumstances!

Now on to planting next year's crop!

The Saturday Boulder Market goes until Nov. 21st.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Is the market safe to come to?

Many people are just coming to the market for the first time this season, and many of you haven't come yet. I've been asked what the market is like, how crowded it is and does it seem safe. First of all, it does seem safe. The Boulder County health department has imposed VERY strict rules on our operation. Everyone wears masks, and there are strict limits on how many people can be on the street at one time. Customers walk one-way only to keep things spacious.

At my stand there is a barrier to remind folks to keep back. Customers don't touch the garlic - I will get it for you from the bins. Much of it is pre-bagged.  For payment I use a no-contact system by accepting cash that you will put in my "money basket" and I have a stash of money that hasn't been touched for a week to use to give you change. I accept credit cards through Square, and will have you swipe it. 

AND the market is still fun to be at! I have more time to talk with customers (sometimes), and there are not big crowds to deal with. The people who come seem very happy to be there and to get fresh farm grown food! It's not a carnival atmosphere, but more food-oriented.

Garlic of the week is Korean Red Hot



"A culinary treasure from Asia. Eaten raw, robust flavor will wake up your mouth!  A superb cooking garlic. Spicy and mellow at first, then with building heat. Will keep until November. "

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

On KGNU Morning Magazine: John Lehndorrf talks about WeeBee Farms Garlic

 Last Thursday local food columnist John Lehndorff said a few nice things about WeeBee Farms Garlic on my favorite local radio station KGNU on the Morning Magazine "Nibbles" program. Here's the link: KGNU Morning Magazine 9/24 "Nibbles" Listen in at 22:30 (22 minutes, 30 seconds after the program starts).

Persian Star garlic

Come and stock up on your garlic soon! The selection is still good, but we will be running low and selling out in the very near future. Come by this Saturday to the Boulder Market, or order online at WeeBeeFarms.com

Hope to see you soon!


Garlic at Market Last Saturday


Thursday, September 17, 2020

1 minute video - How to prepare garlic and honey for your health

  Here's a 1 minute video on how to prepare garlic and honey to use as a remedy. Use for colds & flu, viruses, infections, heart health and more. See our info page at Health Benefits of WeeBee Farms garlic for more info, health benefits and links. (LOTS of good and very well-researched info.)


Use our Chesnok Red for the most powerful remedy! Come get your garlic at the Boulder Farmer's Market on Saturday or online at WeeBeeFarms.com

Thursday, September 10, 2020

We'll have garlic at Boulder Farmer's Market this Saturday September 12th

 Come and get your garlic! The current plan is to be at market the 12th, 19th and 26th. And perhaps October 3rd. See you there...

garlic in the greenhouse
Garlic in the greenhouse

The garlic was stored in the greenhouse during the storm to protect the bulbs from extreme temperatures. Luckily the low was "only" 28º here and most things did fine. We covered our pepper and tomato gardens, and put a cold frame over our little melon patch. After 2 days of harvesting and covering things in our family gardens it's a relief that we still have some veggies and flowers around. And a bigger relief that the wildfires have calmed down!


Amethyst garlic