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Friday, May 23, 2014

Pictures and Plants Everywhere

Just thought I would do a walk around and take some pictures of my spring plants.  This year I have plants everywhere. Moving and watering my plants everyday day take up a big portion of my time everyday, I can not wait to finally start getting things in the ground this weekend so I do not have to worry about them as much.
So here are some of my pictures that I took today.

My spring lettuce.  The hail that we got last week set the lettuce back a bit, but it is finally starting to take off again.  Looks small, but it grows fast, and should be ready for picking just in time for the beginning of the markets (June 7th Valley City).


My hoophouse full of plants and some of my pallets full of plants.
 

Some of my dahlias in my hoophouse, that I will be selling as cut flowers at the markets this year.  A few are already beginning to bud up, and will be flowering before I know it.
 

Pallets full of plants.  The one with the shade cloth on it I use to get my plants use to being outside a couple of days before they get exposed to full sun.  Since I start a lot of my plants inside under lights it is a good idea to keep them out of direct sunlight for a couple of days to get them use to the sun so that they do not get burned.
 

A pallet full of some of my sweet potatoes, parsley and some other herbs.
 

My plants in my basement waiting for room to be moved outside or night temperatures to get just a little bit warmer.


Since I will be doing a bunch of planting this weekend I will have to take some more pictures of out at the farm and post them.  It is going to be so nice to finally get out at the farm and do some work.  One thing is for sure, it has been one long and rough winter and spring.

Just wanted to let everyone know that Valley City Farmers Market will be starting on Saturday, June 7th this year and Brunswick Farmers Market will be starting on Sunday, June 15th.
 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Herbs and Their Uses

I just spent some time today doing a little research on herbs, so that I will have some charts printed out, to hand out this year at the markets.  I ended up (so far) with three different charts: herbs and vegetables, herbs and their cooking uses, and a herbs and health chart. 

Here are the some of herbs that I am growing for this market season.  They will be available at the market as fresh cut bunches.

Basil, Sweet
Basil, Gevonese
Basil,  Lemon
Basil, Cinnamon
Basil, Opal
Basil, Anise
Cilanto
Dill
Oregano
Wild Oregano
Spearmint
Tarragon
Fennel
Thyme
Rosemary
Lovage
Chervil
Parsley (Three different varieties)
Marjoram
Sage

 I know there are some varieties that I forgot but those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.  So this year at market when you are picking up your favorite veggies do not forget to get some herbs to add to your favorite dish.

Here is the vegetables and herbs chart.
 

Vegetable

Herbs

Asparagus

Chervil, Dill, Tarragon

Beets
Basil, Fennel Seeds, Tarragon, Coriander
Broccoli
Dill, Mint, Oregano
Cabbage
Dill, Fennel Seeds, Mint, Thyme, Coriander
Carrots
Basil, Chervil, Fennel, Parsley, Thyme, Coriander
Cauliflower
Basil, Dill, Fennel, Thyme, Paprika
Celery
Basil, Chervil, Dill, Lovage, Parsley, Paprika
Cucumber
Basil, Borage, Dill, Mint, Parsley, Tarragon, Coriander
Green Beans
Basil, Chives, Dill, Lovage, Oregano, Rosemary
Eggplant
Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme
Kale
Caraway, Dill, Marjoram, Tarragon, Thyme, Coriander
Kohlrabi
Basil, Chervil, Chives, Dill, Fennel, Lovage, Parsley, Coriander
Leeks
Dill, Lovage, Sage, Thyme, Paprika
Onions
Basil, Parsley, Thyme, Paprika
Peas
Chervil, Chives, Dill, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme
Peppers
Basil, Lovage, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme
Potatoes
Chervil, Marjoram, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Paprika
Pumpkin
Celery, Chives, Sage, Thyme
Radishes
Basil, Borage, Chives, Dill, Lovage, Mint, Parsley
Spinach
Basil, Chives, Dill, Lovage, Thyme,
Squash, Summer
Basil, Chives, Dill, Marjoram, Oregano, Coriander
Squash, Winter
Celery, Marjoram, Parsley, Sage, Thyme
Sweet Corn
Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme
Sweet Potatoes
Sage, Thyme
Swiss Chard
Lovage, Marjoram, Parsley, Paprika
Tomatoes
Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Paprika
Turnips
Basil, Borage, Dill, Marjoram, Parsley, Rosemary