Spring is a beautiful time around the farm. The weather improves, the orchard begins to blossom, and we begin to prepare for another amazing season of local produce. While early spring can often be a bit slow, late spring starts to bring many exciting items into the market, which we will outline for you below. As always, time estimates are subject to change based on weather and general growing conditions.
Seeds, Seed Potatoes, Onion Sets
One of the first true spring items to arrive are Garden Seeds, Seed Potatoes, and Onion Sets. Each year in early spring (Late March), we receive over 70 different varieties of garden seeds by the Territorial Seed Company. Each packet of seeds comes with instructions and tips on how to make the most of your seeds, including seed depth, light requirements, fertilization tips and more.
Seed Potatoes and Onion sets shortly follow (Late April/Early March). We usually carry red, white and yellow onion sets, and at least 4-5 types of seed potatoes. A thorough description of how to grow is available in the market next to their respective displays.
The Willamette Valley is known for its beautiful tulip production. Each year, around Easter, we receive 5 and 10-stem bunches of gorgeous field-grown tulips and daffodils. These are a perfect way to bring the spirit and beauty of spring into your households.
Tomato, Lavender, Culinary Herb Starts
In mid April, we receive our first shipment of Tomato, Lavender, Culinary Herb, Veggie Starts. These starts are ready to be planted in your garden, and come with short product description and necessary nutrients to help them grow.
Any given year we have available anywhere from 20-30 varieties of tomato starts, spanning many varieties in the slicer, roma, and grape/cherry families. Culinary herbs are a wonderful addition to any garden! Among the herbs we have available, are: Catnip, Cilantro, Chives, Chammomile, Curry, Dill, Mint, Oregano, Parley, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme. We also have 5-8 beautiful and aromatic Lavender varieties.
Rhubarb & Asparagus
Rhubarb and Asparagus are two of the first local produce items we receive in the spring (Mid-Late April). We normally start with California Asparagus, and then move to Northwest product when it is available late April. Both of these items really remind us why we love the Northwest so much. Both of these veggies are of supreme quality, but they also become more economical when local.
Spring is a wonderful time to buy any leaf produce item! With the colder winter weather behind us, and not battling things such as freeze, the prices considerably drop in the spring. Lettuces and Cabbages are especially effected in a positive way, which means its time for salads!