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For Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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Fearrington Farmers' Market
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Time to dust off the seedling trays!

A few sunny and warmer days have appeared in the weather forecast, and while it's too soon to be putting tender plants outside, it's not too soon to plan your summer garden!  The average last frost around here occurs in early April, about 6 to 8 weeks from now.  Spring vegetable transplants like broccoli, kale, cabbage, and lettuce can be started indoors now, and most of us veggie farmers have flats upon flats of those crops started already!  Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, basil, and other summer seeds can be started as early as March, so they'll be ready to transplant into the garden once the danger of frost has passed.

For some of those more popular items, it was a challenge for farmers to find enough seed this year.  Interest in home gardening has skyrocketed since the pandemic began, and seed companies have struggled to keep up with demand.  But a seed packet typically contains more than you'll want to plant of one variety, anyway, so consider teaming up with your neighbors to share seed -- then you can grow a few of each variety of tomato, rather than being stuck with 30 plants of the same type!

And of course, if you're not set up to start seeds of your own, many of our vendors will be bringing garden-ready transplants to market in the coming months.  Here's a detailed planting guide for vegetable crops commonly grown in North Carolina to help you plan this year's garden!

Kristen

This Week's Featured Vendors

Bold Bagels will not be there this week. We apologize that we had to cancel last week, but our oven is back up and running and we look forward to seeing you all on March 2nd! 
 
Orders for next week will open on Wednesday morning and you can pre-order here:  https://forms.gle/4P27msRP57c8nHGz7
 
Thank you!
 
Botanist & Barrel crafts real Southern ciders, fruited sours, and wines.  Focused on spontaneous, wild cultures and light-handed winemaking, we embrace old-world methods with modern sensibilities.  We make natural beverages with no additives (like sulfites).  We craft healthy adult lifestyle beverages for any occasion.  All of our ciders and wines contain little to no residual sugar and are inherently low in calories.  We support local farmers, using only sustainably and organically sourced fruits, including blueberries, apples and more from our organic estate farm.  Our ciders and wines are raw, wild, unfined, unfiltered & unpasteurized.  We want you to feel good about what you drink!
 
Four Oaks Farm will have a good supply of eggs for this Tuesday!
 
Screech Owl Greenhouses will be at market this week with plenty of ripe tomatoes!  We will have cucumbers and lettuce in a few more weeks.  We’ll also bring herbs this week as well as Swiss chard.  It’s going to be beautiful weather, come out and see us!
 
The following vendors also plan to be at market this week:

The Barking Bedlie  |  link for online orders
Gramma D's
Pomegranate Kitchen
Sweet Little Something  |  link for online orders

 
Visit our website to learn more about all of this season's vendors.
 
Green onions can be started and transplanted in bunches of 10 to 20, much easier than trying to plant one at a time!  But most other seedlings should be thinned to just one per cell in the tray.

Share the Local Food Love!


Visit Beth and Lily at the CORA donation station! They collect and buy fresh food at the market for folks in need and deliver to the Chatham Outreach Alliance food pantry every week. 

For more information, visit www.corafoodpantry.org.
In another few weeks, these cabbage plants will be ready to brave the outdoors!  Light frost on early spring plants is okay, and most crops in the Brassica family do better when transplanted fairly small.
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