We'll have bulk bags for $10, or small bundles for a few dollars. Bring your own bag and we'll give you extra...
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)
To see full descriptions of all our flowers or to purchase them online visit weebeefarms.com
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
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|
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.
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. "
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|
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
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|
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!