Dear Tailgate Market Fans,
Wasn’t that breath of spring wonderful? Start thinking about getting your own garden soil ready for planting. Peas and potatoes can be planted right
Breath of Spring
now if your soil is dry enough to work. It’s almost time for arugula, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, greens, and that sort of stuff. Throw out some spinach seed now, and it will come up when the time is right.
Tom Elmore & Karen Thatcher (Thatchmore Farm) recently introduced me to miner’s lettuce, also called Claytonia. It is a wonderful salad green that will grow right outside in winter. The leaves are a little thicker than lettuce, like spinach, and it seems to be bursting with vitality (in a good way). I loved it.
Last Wednesday’s (February 17 issue) of Mountain Express had an awesome, in-depth article about local CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) that featured many local farms. Check it out and consider buying a CSA share this season.
In the meantime, visit the Indoor Tailgate Market in Marshall this Saturday, February 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You will find lettuce, eggs, pork, jams, jellies, bread, shiitake mushrooms, baked goods, goat cheese, goat milk, honey, sorghum, potatoes, apples, gift boxes, porch furniture, jewelery, soaps, pottery, and ample parking. Eat local ~ even in winter! This market will also be held on March 13 & 27, and is helping these farmers get through the winter.
Remember, it only takes 20 minutes from UNCA to get to the Madison County NC Cooperative Extension office (directions follow). The office is just off the main highway.
Other Upcoming Events:
Organic Growers School 2010 Spring Conference
March 6 & 7, at UNCA for the first time ever! You can attend on one or both days. I can’t say enough about how inspiring the Organic Growers School is for all gardeners ~ newbies and farmers. You can’t help but be energized by
the classes, the contagious excitement, and all the wonderful people who attend.
Visit www.organicgrowersschool.org for more info and online registration.
2010 Maple Syrup Tour
Postponed until March 6 & 7 at Maple Creek Farm in Burnsville, NC due to the recent weather.
Visit the farm and see how its done. Taste syrup, see the sugar shack, see farm animals, and have an adventure. From 11 am to 4 pm. Visit www.maplecreekfarm.net for more info.
One more thing: Some of us enjoy buying fresh-caught NC seafood and wild-caught salmon at the Tailgate Markets (I do!). “Just as dairy farmers are being forced off their land at an alarming rate, large fishing corporations are putting hard-working family fishermen out of business, destroying fishing communities and endangering our access to locally caught and sustainably harvested seafood. On Wednesday, February 24 from noon to 3pm, commercial, recreation and charter fishermen will gather on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to protest the current mismanagement of our nation’s fisheries.” Websites for updates and to learn more include:
Lets love eating,
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