The season begins. We are excited to greet you for the start of Common Market Co-op’s 2017 growing season. I suppose you could say we have dug (or shoveled) right into it.
For the past few months, Connor Self, the Common Market’s farm manager, and I (Joelle Dent, farm assistant), have been at coffee shops planning and plotting with our heads in farm books, and seed catalogs. Connor calculates and estimates, working to make sure enough seeds are ordered and enough soil is available to produce the quantity of food we expect to grow.
After a few months of coffee shops, you’ll find us now at the farm full time working with volunteers and growing your produce. Farming is a combination of trusting your gut, mapping out an end goal, and just planting that first seed. Our first seeds, of about a dozen vegetables we’ll plant this year, are organic yellow and red onions. These little sprouts will strengthen in our greenhouse until late-March when they move into the field.
Already I imagine their taste and the endless cooking possibilities ahead — raw in summer and cooked into chili in the winter. For now, though, I wonder which seeds will make it, do they have enough water, and which day will they choose to surprise me with their first foliage.
As we begin this season, we hope to hear from you about how things are going in your garden space and questions you may have. Whether it’s deciding what to plant, deciphering a food label, or how to cook a specific piece of produce, we are happy to help! Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to growing with you!
– Your farm team, Joelle and Connor