Today is the first day of spring and the rain is a welcomed friend. All the transplants from yesterday are now getting watered in. The timing on this one was perfect. Seven hundred bed feet of lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, green onions, bulb onions, lacinato and curly kale have made their way from our propagation house into the field. In addition to transplanting, we have direct seeded carrots, turnips, radish, spinach and salad mix. These past three days of sunshine felt so good and was busy as can be with all the bed prep, cultivation, seeding and transplanting. Today, however, is a lazy Sunday at home with a warm fire, hot tea on the stove, bone broth in the crock pot and Brandon on the banjo. Life is full of blessings.
Our first CSA members have signed up and we've made some wholesale connections with local restaurants in Eugene. Originally we did not plan on doing any farmer's markets this first season and wanted to focus more on our roadside farmstand, yet we were approached by gal who is organizing a farmer's market in the Whiteaker neighborhood on Thursday from 4pm - 8pm and ask if we would vend there. Feels like a great way to get our name out into the community and connect with a few other small scale farmers. Brandon is committed to doing the Thursday market while Andréa manages the farmstand. Market location is at 6th and Blair St. Drop on by and say "hello" come this May.
Part of Ambrosia's plan of sustainable growing is planting flowers to attract beneficial insects. Our first round of flowers seeds have already germinated and it's exciting to imagine how beautiful they'll look interspersed around the farm. Some are even edible at that! Plus there will be the added benefit of selling flower bouquets alongside our veggies at both the farmstand and farmer's market.
The propagation house, with newly made space in it, is ready to fill up with summer crop. The bounty of summer relies heavily on our next few planting. Many of our tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and basil plants will be transplanted into our greenhouse space. Other crops such as eggplant, melons and squash will be designated to the field alongside more tomatoes and peppers.
The season feels as if it's really picking up. We are so excited for this first year. Thanks to all the folks who have already shown their support for this venture.